Dates set for Detroit auto show 2018

The North American International Auto Show is Jan. 14-28 next year

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DETROIT - The 2018 North American International Auto Show will run a week later next year, the show announced on Monday

Here's the schedule for next year's auto show in Detroit:

  • Press Preview: Jan. 14-16
  • Industry Preview: Jan. 17-18
  • Charity Preview: Jan. 19
  • Public Show: Jan. 20-28

Ryan LaFontaine, of LaFontaine Automotive Group, will serve as chairman of NAIAS 2018. He takes over for Sam Slaughter, of Sellers Buick, GMC and Subaru.  

“We now turn our focus to 2018 and look to Ryan’s leadership in carrying the show forward as the industry continues its transformation in the emerging mobility space,” said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts. He added, “Sam’s hard work and commitment over the past year resulted in the spectacular showcase of products and technologies that the world enjoyed over the past 16 days.”

Total attendance at the 2017 Detroit auto show topped 800,000 after a strong closing Sunday drew 98,125 attendees. The show reported total ticketed attendance at 806,554. 

“Detroit is the mobility epicenter of the world, and there’s no better example of this than what we’ve seen and experienced at NAIAS over the past 16 days,” Slaughter said. “Visitors to the show were able to experience the full spectrum of the auto industry – from autonomous vehicles and technologies to current production models that will be in dealer showrooms in the near future. It was an incredible showcase for our industry; one that provided a look into the transformation of the world’s automotive industry.”

NAIAS kicked off 2017 with its inaugural AutoMobili-D, a display of 120 automakers, suppliers and startups from around the world showcasing and discussing future mobility platforms, in addition to 40+ hours of mobility-themed content at symposiums and panel discussions. Waymo CEO John Krafcik opened AutoMobili-D with the world reveal of the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Other notable keynotes included Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., and Julia Steyn, GM’s Vice President of Urban Mobility and Maven.

“AutoMobili-D was an incredible venue for the entire mobility ecosystem, from newly formed startups to tech suppliers to automakers. It allowed each brand an opportunity to communicate directly with over 5,100 journalists and nearly 40,000 industry decision makers,” Alberts said. “It was as much about connecting businesses as it was about connecting technologies.”

Alberts noted that NAIAS and its new AutoMobili-D attracted 5,101 journalists from 61 countries. Attending media saw 46 vehicles make their world debut, seven vehicles make their North American debut and 17 special one-of-a-kind vehicles made their first appearance at an auto show. Included in this mix was world-renowned John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios who revealed a life-size, drivable version of the iconic Lightning McQueen as a precursor to the ‘Cars 3’ movie.

“From the buzz and unveiling of autonomous drive products and mobility technologies at AutoMobili-D to the news generated at Press Preview, there’s no denying that the auto industry is being redefined here in the Motor City,” Alberts said. “Having all of these companies and their products and technologies being accessible to everyone in one building is something that you don’t see elsewhere in the world and sets NAIAS apart from other shows.”

Following on the heels of AutoMobili-D and Press Preview, nearly 40,000 auto and tech industry executives, designers, developers and analysts, from 2,274 companies, kept the product buzz and mobility conversation going at Industry Preview. NAIAS is the only auto show in North America with dedicated “industry” days.

Detroit’s celebration as the epicenter of all things automotive, including the heart of the a

utomotive industry, kept on motoring at Charity Preview, where nearly $5.2 million was raised for children’s charities in Detroit.

As the largest annual single-night fundraiser in the world, Charity Preview has raised more than $111 million in total for southeastern Michigan children’s charities, of which more than $53 million was raised in last 12 years alone.

The conversation generated from Preview Week – including the worldwide and North American vehicle debuts, executive keynotes and showcase of future mobility innovations – continued to build momentum as the show rolled into Public Show week drawing big crowds that filled Cobo Center each day.

NAIAS officials report the 2017 show has an estimated economic impact of $450 million to the regional economy (per economist David Sowerby from Loomis Sayles & Co.), up $20 million from the previous year. Economists report the impact is equivalent to nearly two Super Bowls every year in Detroit.

“From the hotels to the restaurants to businesses all across the city, having NAIAS in January brings hundreds of thousands of people into Detroit during what would be a slow time of year,” added Alberts.

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