DETROIT - The 2013 North American International Auto Show brought excitement to hundreds of thousands of people who wanted to see the latest cars, technology and more from automakers from across the globe.
In fact, NAIAS reports 795,416 people attended this year's public show. NAIAS Chairman Jim Seavitt said the 2013 total is the highest since 2004 when 808,833 attended.
"This was a true celebration of the automobile, and a demonstration of the strength and resiliency of the auto business," said Seavitt. "The Detroit show is a true reflection of a strong, vibrant and more confident industry. The manufacturers made it abundantly clear that this show, and the global stage it provides, is of critical importance to their vehicle launch strategies."
There was plenty to see at this year's auto show. First, there was the unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which attracted many near and far.
NAIAS 2013 officially kicked off Jan. 14 with a number of new concepts unveiled to the press. The world was introduced to 59 vehicles at this year's auto show, including the Lincoln MKC, Acura NSX and Hyundai Genesis concepts.
On Jan. 16, automotive professionals gathered in Detroit to take a look not only at the vehicles, but also the engineering and parts that put each vehicle together.
Friday evening was the Auto Show Charity Preview, in which nearly $4 million was raised for nine children's charities from the 13,069 people who attended the gala event, according to NAIAS.
NAIAS officially opened to the public Saturday, with more than 100,000 people attending. Some of the vehicles that seemed to grab the most amount of attention over the weekend were the new Ford Atlas concept, Acura NSX concept and Tesla Model S.
Besides seeing the latest cars, attendees were able to test their skills in a number of exhibits, including the Toyota "Drive Land" motion-controlled game, texting in answers to Ford questions, and even dancing with the Kia hamsters.
NAIAS says 58,113 people attended the auto show on Education Day, which was held on Jan. 23. Nearly 5,000 preschool and high school students were able to learn more about the auto industry and even participate in the parade.
Also held during the Public Show were parades that took place at 3:30pm and 7pm daily. Their "Auto Show in Motion" parade featured celebrities, including Red Wings announcer Mickey Redmond and actress Erin Cummings.
Torii Hunter, Phil Coke, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers spoke with fans on Jan. 25. They answered any questions they may have had about the upcoming season or some of their favorite moments of their career.
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