It’s time for one of the world’s most prestigious auto shows – the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Visit the Auto Show at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit from January 10 – 23, 2011 to see what all the excitement is about. Doors will be open to the public January 15 – 23. Michigan has been the heart of the automobile industry since Henry Ford built the first Model T, so the North American International Auto Show is an important event in this state.
More than 715,000 visitors and 5,000 journalists from 60 countries attended the Auto Show in 2010. It is one of the largest media events in North America. You will see showcased vehicles with green initiatives, futuristic designs, and engineering marvels at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The automobile industry’s commitment to alternative fuel sources will be evident.
The first Detroit Auto Show, in 1907, was a regional event organized by the Detroit Area Dealer Association (DADA). A whopping 17 exhibitors showed off 33 vehicles! This year, the North American International Auto Show will introduce 50 never-before-seen vehicles.
The Auto Show has been held annually since 1907, except for the years 1941 – 1953. During those years, with the outbreak of World War II, the U.S. government outlawed all sales or delivery of new passenger cars or trucks, so the show was canceled.
The first international automobile companies displayed vehicles at the Auto Show in 1957. Volvo, Jaguar, German Isetta, Mercedes-Benz and Porshe shared the floor with the Big Three’s domestic models.
The Detroit Auto Show changed its name to North American International Auto Show in 1989. Since then, more than 700 vehicles, both domestic and international, have been introduced.
The North American International Auto Show will open for the Press Preview on January 10 & 11. The Industry Preview days will be held on January 12 & 13. The Auto Show’s Charity Preview will be held on January 14. Last year, in 2010, the black-tie Charity Preview raised more than $2 million for local children’s charities. The Auto Show will be open to the public January 15 – 23, 2011.
The Premier Sponsors for the North American International Auto Show include Delta Air Lines, Denso, Johnson Controls, KPMG, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michelin, and ZF Group. The Official Sponsors are Auto Trader, MSN Autos, The Schaeffler Group, and Panasonic Automobiles. State Farm Insurance is an additional sponsor.
North American International Auto Show Dates & Times for The Public –
Saturday, January 15 – Saturday, January 22, 2011
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)
Sunday, January 23
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)
Handicapped individuals – Early access at 8 a.m. – Enter at Oakland Hall Entrance
Public Show Tickets-
Adults – $12
E-tickets – $12 per person
Any Day Pass Group – 30 or more tickets – $8
Seniors – $6
Children 7 -12 years old – $6 (6 & under free with parents & guardians)
For more information on the North American International Auto Show go to the event’s website.