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2005 Detroit Auto Show: Review
The 2005 North American International Auto Show was amazing. There was tons of new concept cars on display as well as interactive activities for the entire family.
Six members of the AmericaJR.com Web Team were Broadcasting LIVE during our Detroit Auto Show Week. We had a unique mix of people to provide the best coverage possible. We took over 95 color digital photos and wrote 11 car reviews. You can see it all by clicking here.
NBC did something this year that they've never done before. On the last day, they had their NASCAR broadcast team do a LIVE show from the Auto Show. It was seen nationwide all across America. It provided a glimse of everything that goes on here in Detroit.
My favorite car at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show is the Ford Fusion. It has the design of the 427 concept car shown two years ago. It will become a hybrid in 2008. The Fusion is a car that I would love to own.
My favorite truck at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show is the Jeep Ridgeline. It is a new concept truck. It is actually the first pickup truck produced by the Jeep brand itself. It has the rugged look of a regular Jeep combined with a bed for storage.
Our Auto Show week was the busiest time for our website. We had to double our traffic allowance and we were happy to do it. Thousands of people came to AmericaJR.com to see pictures, and read our reviews of the hot new cars.
Attendance at this year's show was surprising. The final count was 773,422 visitors during the public days. Last year's numbers exceeded 800,000 but this year there was a major snowstorm.
On the closing day that NBC broadcasted LIVE, there was 81,677 visitors. The record for attendance at the Detroit Auto Show is 810,699 people set back in the year 2003.
The Future of Cobo Center...
The future of the Cobo Center has been under debate recently. Automakers are using every available inch when it comes to their car displays. They are vying for more floor space. If something doesn't happen fast, the NAIAS might leave Detroit.
It would be devastating for that to happen. The NAIAS is Detroit's premier signature event. It draws an estimated $580 millon per year.
There are two options. First, you can demolish Cobo and built a totally new facility. Secondly, you can expand Cobo to provide more floor space, possibly with a second or third floor.
Not only do you need support from Detroit officials, but you need the support of suburban officials from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The suburbs do not want to pay for an expansion of a building in Detroit. Currently, Detroit has a deficit.
Private investors have tossed themself into the game. Several casinos has shown interest in expanding Cobo, adding hotel rooms and a casino too. One of the casinos with interest is the Las Vegas Sands.
Detroit already has three casinos. Do we need a forth one? The answer is yes if they are willing to pay to expand Cobo without using taxpayer dollars.
2006 Auto Show Dates Announced
Press Days: January 8 - 10, 2006
Industry Preview Days: January 11 - 12, 2006
Charity Preview: Friday, January 13, 2006
Public Days: January 14 - 22, 2006
Once again, AmericaJR.com will Broadcast LIVE from the 2005 Detroit Auto Show Press Week and Industry Preview Days.
We will bring you the most comprehensive coverage ever with interviews, reviews and the best pictures around. It's all from AmericaJR.com -- Detroit's #1 Website.
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