Mulally was recently named Morignstar's CEO of the year, which also just raised the firm's credit rating two notches, and our own auto reporter Phil LeBeauis predicting a banner year for profits.
GM , meanwhile, went public and the stock continues to trade above its offer price.
All is not well, however, with the company and the industry. Ford is still two to four notches below investment grade rating between Standard and Poor's, Fitch Ratings and Moody's.
Unit sales in 2010, though well above the 28-year low of 2009, are still millions below the 16-17-million rate of the go-go period half a just a few years ago. Consumers and companies are still guarding their cash closely. Energy prices are rising.
Thousands of jobs that were cut have yet to be restored.
Still, few are complaining. That will be more than evident in our special report in the days ahead when you'll hear from the major players in the industry.
We'll also bring you the latest in car candy from the show.
In the mean time, take our poll and quiz.