North American International Auto Show

NAIAS 2005, near the Audi exhibit.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an annual auto show held in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center, usually in January. It is among the largest auto shows in North America.[1]

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History

The first auto show was held in Detroit in 1907 at Beller's Beer Garden at Riverside Park and since then annually except 1943-1952. It was renamed the North American International Auto Show in 1989. Since 1961, it has been held at Cobo Center where it occupies nearly 1 million square feet (93,000 m²) of floor space. The show is particularly important because the Metro Detroit area is the location of the headquarters of the Big Three American automakers, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.

The show

The show begins with press preview days, industry preview days and a charity preview event. The charity preview raises money for local children's charities. In 2004 and 2005, the charity preview attracted 17,500 people at $400 a ticket and raised $7 million in total. 2006 was the sixth consecutive year the charity preview event raised over $6 million. 35,711 tickets were sold for the industry preview representing people from 24 countries in 2005 and 6,897 credentialed press from 63 countries. Over 800,000 attended during the days the show was open to the general public in 2004. It is estimated that the show generates a revenue of over $500 million to the local economy.

The NAIAS is the one of only a few auto shows in the United States sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles.

2011

The 2011 show ran from January 10 through January 23.

  • January 10–11 — Press preview
  • January 12–13 — Industry preview
  • January 14 — Charity preview
  • January 15–23 — Open to the public

Porsche returned to the show for the first time since 2007.[2] Nissan also announced its planned 2012 return to NAIAS.[3] A new "Smarter Living in Michigan" section showcased alternative energy technologies outside of the automotive sector, in addition to an electric vehicle track condensed from its 2010 size.

Car and truck of the year award

The Chevrolet Volt and Ford Explorer were selected to receive the show's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.[4]

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

2010

The 2010 show ran from January 11 through January 24.

  • January 11–12 — Press preview
  • January 13–14 — Industry preview
  • January 15 — Charity preview
  • January 16–24 — Open to the public

A new "Electric Avenue" section showcased electric vehicles from around the world, including some entrants for the Automotive X-Prize. Saab, Hummer, Infiniti, Suzuki, and Porsche did not attend the 2010 show.[25] Nissan and Mitsubishi did not have regular floor space, but the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i MiEV appeared in the Electric Avenue section.[26] A small electrical fire at the Audi exhibit caused an evacuation on January 21. Nobody was hurt.[27]

Car and truck of the year award

The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Transit Connect were selected to receive the show's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.[28]

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

EyesOn Design Awards

The GMC Granite won the EyesOn Design "Excellence in Design Award" for concept vehicles debuted at the Detroit show and the Audi A8 received the top honor for production vehicles.

2009

The scene at the North American International Auto Show on January 18 overlooking the Volkswagen exhibit.

The 2009 show ran from January 11 through January 25.[30]

  • January 11–13 — Press days
  • January 14–15 — Industry days
  • January 16 — Charity preview
  • January 17–25 — Open to the public

Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Ferrari, and Porsche did not attend the 2009 auto show, the largest number of non-returning automakers in the show's history. As a result, the show became the first with Chinese automakers (BYD and Brilliance) exhibited on the main floor.[31]

Car and truck of the year award

The Hyundai Genesis and Ford F-150 were selected to receive the show's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.[32]

Production car introductions

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was announced and shown to invited members of the press, but was not put on public display until the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show.[33]

GM also announced the production of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car (previously shown as the Chevrolet Beat concept), for sale in Europe in 2010 and North America in 2011, as well as the Chevrolet Orlando compact MPV, for sale in North America in 2011. The Spark will be shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.[34]

Concept car introductions

2008

The 2008 show ran from January 13 through January 27.

  • January 13–15 — Press days
  • January 16–17 — Industry days
  • January 18 — Charity preview
  • January 19–27 — Open to the public

Car and truck of the year award

The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda CX-9 were selected to receive the show's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.[36]

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

2007

The 2007 show was held from January 7 through January 21.

  • January 7–9 — Press days
  • January 10–11 — Industry days
  • January 12 — Charity preview
  • January 13–21 — Open to the public

Car and truck of the year award

The Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Silverado were selected to receive the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.[37]

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

GM also displayed five "global" concept cars for the first time in North America: Chevrolet T2X, Chevrolet WTCC, Holden Efijy, Opel Antara GTC, and Saab Aero-X.

2006

2007 Hummer H3

The 2006 show was held from January 8 through January 22.

  • January 8–10 — Press days
  • January 11–12 — Industry days
  • January 13 — Charity preview
  • January 14–22 — Open to the public


Production car introductions

2007 Jaguar XK


Concept car introductions

Dodge Challenger Concept



2005

The 2005 show saw the following important introductions:

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

2002

Production car introductions

Concept car introductions

2001

Concept car introductions

The following concept cars were shown:

2000

Concept car introductions

1992

Production car introductions

The following production vehicles debuted at the 1992 show:

Concept car introductions

The following concept cars were shown:

1989

The Detroit Auto Show was renamed to the North American International Auto Show for 1989, as Lexus and Infiniti debuted. The show opened on January 11, with press previews and introductions for the first two days.

Introductions:

See also

References

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