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Uncertainty in the auto industry gave added importance to this year's version of the Buffalo Auto Show, the annual kick-off for the spring selling season.
"Without a doubt it will be more important than in the past couple of years," said Craig Schreiber, a vice president of Northtown Automotive Companies in Amherst. "There is so much (consumer) uncertainty surrounding the future of manufacturers like Oldsmobile, Mercury, DaimlerChrysler and Daewoo.
"Because of the uncertainty, the job of those working for those franchises at the auto show will be to reassure the buying public that these nameplates will be there for them," Schreiber said the day before the 2001 Buffalo International Auto Show opened its five-day run Feb. 7.
Northtown's 14 franchises include Chrysler, Plymouth and Jeep -- DaimlerChrysler products - and Mercury and Daewoo.
Chrysler, a division of DaimlerChrysler, has the most serious financial trouble. Struggling to cut costs, the company is …