DETROIT — Sawing. Drilling. Painting. Union laborers are building the exhibits or displays for automotive manufacturers for the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) inside Detroit’s Cobo Center. They are working around the clock to get the Detroit auto show ready.
We were given an exclusive tour of the main show floor to check on the progress of the construction. Some of the displays are around 50 percent finished while others are just in their early stages.
The FiatChrysler display is the one nearest completion according to what we saw during our visit. The Ford Motor Company comes in second place. Their exhibit will feature two levels once again.
Some of the confirmed debuts for the 2018 NAIAS include the 2019 RAM 1500 pickup truck, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, 2019 Toyota Avalon full-size sedan and the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept car. More of the debuts will be announced shortly.
High-end vehicles like Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s that were formerly shown at The Gallery inside the MGM Grand Casino will be returning to the main show floor inside Cobo this January.
Everyone knows that the cars are the stars of the show. However, they will not be brought in until the displays are complete just before media days begin.
Union laborers will work all the way up until press week. Then, they will tear down the press platforms and make room for more vehicles for the public show.
The 2018 NAIAS opens to the worldwide media on Sunday, January 14. It continues with the industry preview and the charity preview. Then, the doors will swing open for the public show beginning on Saturday, January 20 and continuing up until the 28th.