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"Electra" by Sophocles
January 6-March 23, 2006
Call (313) 577-2972

2006 NAIAS :: Supporting Events


  • North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year Awards - NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, Cobo Center, 10:30 a.m. The 13th annual awards recognize vehicles that have become benchmarks in their respective segments. (Sunday, January 8, 2006)
  • Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) 18th Annual Automotive Outlook Conference - Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The conference theme is 'Beyond the Restructuring - Will it Deliver a Sustainable Automotive Industry?' Luncheon keynote speaker is auto industry veteran Jerome B. 'Jerry' York. Chief Economist from the U.S. Big 3 kick off the conference with their analyses of structural and cyclical trends as they present their 2006 forecasts. The program also includes a panel on 'Commercializing Innovation for Market Position and Profit' with Jim Gillette (CSM Worldwide), Kevin McMahon (The Martec Group), and Dr. Jan Dannenberg and Dr. Douglas Boike (Mercer Management Consulting). For complete conference details, visit, or call 734.677.3518 or 800.704.0051. (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)
  • EyesOn Design at NAIAS - Cobo Center, NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, noon. Presented by Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Presentation of international design awards to honor and recognize the most significant automotive designs on display at NAIAS. Awards are judged and presented by a panel of world renowned designers led by Thomas Gale, former Executive Vice President of Global Design for DaimerChrysler Corporation. (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)
  • Tenth Annual Urban Wheel Awards - Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit at 6:00 p.m. Presented by On Wheels, Inc., publisher of African Americans On Wheels, Latinos On Wheels and Asians On Wheels magazines. The awards program kicks off the 11th year of On Wheels, the first national minority automotive media group. Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, will accept the 1st Annual Motorsports Award, and awards will be presented to automotive companies, executives, dealers, and suppliers for promoting diversity in all aspects of the marketplace. More than 2,000 automotive industry executives, media, political and community leaders are expected to attend the black-tie gala with special celebrity emcee Sinbad. For further information or ticket, call 313.963.2209 or (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)
  • 13th Annual Auto Week Design Forum - Cobo Center, Riverview Ballroom, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The forum examines iconic design and explores the importance of design in the auto world and also the consumer product world. Event is geared towards car design professionals, designers allied to the field, design students and automotive enthusiasts. Visit for additiional information and to register online. Complimentary registration for the forum is available to credentialed media. To register in advance, contact Pat Adanti-Joy, APR, via email at or call 586.939.3429. (Wednesday, January 11, 2006)
  • Fifth Annual Newspaper Association of America Automotive Advertising Symposium - Cobo Center, Room W1-54, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2006 theme: 'Automotive Advertising - The Engagement Challenge.' A day-long dialogue for senior newspaper executives and their auto industry sales and marketing counterparts. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America in association with the Alliance of Newspaper Sales Representatives (ANSR Detroit). By invitation only. For more information, contact Jake Kelderman, Newspaper Association of America, 703.902.1649, or email (Wednesday, January 11, 2006)
  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Symposium - Cobo Center, NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, 9:00 a.m. - noon. MEDC will host their second annual symposium entitled, 'Innovation, 21st Century Automotive Customer.' The symposium will explore the diverse expectations of the 21st century consumer. A personalized Jones Soda Chevy HRR Original will be showcased. Speakers will include: Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm; Sean McAliden, Center for Automotive Research; Robert Schumaker, Delphi; John Waraniak, Tata Consulting; Chris Kersting, SEMA; and Fred Keller, Cascade Engineering. For more information, visit or call 800.946.6829. (Wednesday, January 11, 2006)
  • Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast - Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The event theme for 2006: 'The Art of Design: Capturing the Hearts and Minds of Women Consumers,' will focus on the implications of product design and development as it pertains to women consumers, and will reveal insights about what leading companies are doing right, and wrong. Moderated by Anita Lienert, Columnist for Detroit News and President of Lienert & Lienert, and paneled by Diane Allen, Design Manager for Nissan Design America, Inc. in San Diego, Margaret Hackstedde, Design Director of Color/Fabric/Mastering/Interior Craftsmanship and Color & Material Data Administration Studios for the Chrysler Group, Tatiana Butovitsch Temm of Volvo, and Liz Wendzel, Director of Design - Global Design Brands for General Motors Corporation. The first 300 people to register will receive a complimentary NAIAS public show ticket. To register, please visit (Thursday, January 12, 2006)
  • Detroit Economic Club - North American International Auto Show 2006 Luncheon - Riverview Ballroom, Cobo Center, noon. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be the speaker. (Friday, January 13, 2006)
  • Charity Preview - Cobo Center, Doors open to show floor 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Pre-party and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Cobo Center at 5:15 p.m., black tie. Ticket information at 888.838.7500. (Friday, January 13, 2006)
  • Automotive News World Congress - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dearborn. 2006 Theme, 'The Road to Prosperity: The Right Strategies in a Shifting Landscape.' Jason Vines, vice president - communications for the Chrysler Group, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader will be speakers at the 30th Automotive News World Congress and join a long list of prominent auto executives and industry experts who will either be speakers at individual morning addresses, participate in the afternoon panel roundtable or be keynote dinner speakers. A full agenda and online registration are available at For complimentary registration available to credentialed media, contact Pat Adanti-Joy, APR, via email at or call 586.939.3429. (Monday, January 16-Thursday, January 19, 2006)
  • NAIAS Automotive Education Day - Presented by State Farm Insurance. Cobo Center, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. High school and middle school students (grades 8 - 12) from throughout Southeastern Michigan and Canada will have the unique opportunity to learn more about the trends in the auto industry and career opportunities. The event begins with a kick-off presentation in Cobo Arena. Students will then be invited to visit various NAIAS exhibitors to hear presentations by participating auto manufacturers and industry spokespersons. Also new for 200 is an Automotive Career Fair, enabling students to talk one-on-one with post-secondary school representatives. For additional information, contact Sandy Herp at 248.283.5138 or or Ryan Bocskay at 248.458.1127 or (Wednesday, January 18, 2006)
  • NAIAS Auto Racing Day - Co-sponsored by Michigan International Speedway and AAA Michigan. Cobo Center, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Racecar enthusiasts will enjoy themed attractions as well as special appearances by auto racing drivers throughout the day. Racing fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers and see the cars up close and personal. For more information, contact Lyle Wolas at 248.283.5146 or


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