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2004 Detroit Auto Show
2004 Auto Show Preview

by Jason Rzucidlo

The 2004 Detroit Auto Show was bigger and better than ever. It's something that I look forward to every year and I will continue to for some time.

All the facts and figures from this year's show were bigger than last year's. There were 6,675 Journalists at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. It is up from the 6,000 who attended in 2002. The attendance for 2004 was 808,833 just under last year's record of 810,699.

More and more new cars are being introduced in the home of the automobile, The Motor City. This year there was 60 concept cars from all of the automakers in the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. That is up about 10 from last year's 50.

The Car and Truck of the Year awards were given to an American automaker and a foreign one. The 2004 Truck of the Year is the Ford F-150. The 2004 Car of the Year is the Toyota Prius. Last year, the winners were the Volvo XC90 and the BMW Mini Cooper.

My favorite car is the Toyota Prius. I like the fact that it is a hybrid and it runs on gasoline and battery power. It has a lot of unique features on the inside that no other cars have. It is definitely the car of the future and I am interested in buying one for myself.

My favorite truck is the Chevrolet SSR. It looks like a toy but it's actually the bringing back of the popular Chevy Truck from 40 years ago. I was surprised that it only gets about 16 miles to the gallon. The price scared me as well. It's valued at $46,000.

Most of the exhibits at this year's auto show were on one level. There were no two or three level displays. However, there was a situation in which you had to go to a different location. Most of the exhibits were on the main floor. There was 17 exhibits downstairs in the MIchigan Hall and five in the Cobo Arena. It gave everyone a little bit of walking to do.

There was a lot of interactive games for the kids in 2004. Several automakers offered video games like simulations. For example, Dodge would let you test a game with their automobiles in it. General Motors has one for the Pontiac line and Jeep had one too.

In addition, there was a lot more technology at the auto show. There was flashy displays with things moving around. Almost every automaker had some kind of computer with information on their vehicles. There was big screen displays showing movies with cars in them.

Every year, Detroit hosts the world's largest one-day fundraiser in the world. It's called the Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview. It happens on the day after the Industry Preview and the day before the show is open to the public. This year, there was 17,500 people in attendance. It raised an impressive $7 million for 11 local Detroit area charities.

For the second year in a row, I was at the Press Preview and the Industry Preview days. It is a lot of fun being with the other media professionals from all over the world. Everyone has a camera and a notebook and we're all there for the same reason: to promote the auto show.

AmericaJR.com is proud to be the only website in the world with Free tickets to the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. We held a contest and two winners were chosen randomly. The winners were Kevin Lovell of Flint, MI and Valerie Doozan of Troy, MI. Both winners received a pair of free tickets to attend the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. Congratulations!!

I loved the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. I just can't imagine what the automakers have in the store for the 2005 edition. I'll just have to keep on dreaming...

 

AN AMERICAJR.COM EXCLUSIVE PUBLISHED ON 1/23/04.

 

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