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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Preview

2007 Auto Show To Be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The 2007 NAIAS will be held inside Detroit's Cobo Center.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 


The North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. For those of you who have been to the auto show before, the 2007 edition will be very different. Each year, the NAIAS continues to get bigger and more exciting. The upcoming show will certainly live up to it's reputation.

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) will celebrate 100 Years in 2007. They are the organization that puts on the auto show each year. The first auto show was held in Detroit on Dec. 9, 1907. In 1989, The Detroit Auto Show became international. The 2007 NAIAS will include a celebration of it's past and a look at the future.

Last year, Jeep drove one of it's automobiles through the glass window of Cobo Center. They caught the attention of media from around the world when they did it. In 2007, look for an ice rink inside Cobo. Mercedes-Benz will use the rink to demonstrate their new all-wheel drive vehicles. They will show how their cars can retain traction even on icy roadways.

While looking at the floor plan for the NAIAS, you will notice some big changes. Many of the automakers will be in different locations. GM has traditionally been located right next to Ford's display at the auto show. In 2007, three automakers will separate GM from Ford. GM will be located in the back while Ford will be located near the entrance. In the middle of GM and Ford will be Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Kia.

This year, three Chinese automakers will make their debut at the NAIAS. Volkswagen has traditionally had floor space on the main floor and in the Michigan Hall on the lower level. In 2007, Volkswagen will only be located on the main floor. As you go down the escalator to the lower level, you will see Changfeng, one of the Chinese automakers. The other two Chinese automakers, Great Wall and Zhongxing will be located in the lobby of Cobo Center. Last year, Geely displayed two of it's vehicles at the NAIAS.

GM will host a party along Detroit's riverfront on January 6th. They will pair up concept cars with Hollywood stars like Carmen Electra, Mario Lopez, Vivica A. Fox, Danny Masterson, super model Petra Nemcova and star stylist Rachel Zoe. All of the cars were designed in 11 different studios around the globe.

There will be an extensive list of new concept cars and production models at the 2007 NAIAS. AmericaJR.com is proud to be the First Web site in the World to publish these lists. Click here to view our list of New Concept Cars. It was first published on Sept. 26, 2006. Click here to view our list of New Production Models. It was first published on Sept. 22, 2006.

The 2007 Charity Preview will take place on January 12th. It is the biggest one-day fundraiser in America. The event raises over $6 million in a three-hour period. The event supports 11 different charitable organizations throughout Michigan. Tickets cost $400 each and can be purchased by calling 1-888-838-7500 or visit www.naias.com. We would like to encourage you to attend this black-tie fundraiser.

On January 17th, the NAIAS will host it's annual Automotive Education Day. Area students will be able to learn about career paths in the automotive industry. Opening remarks will be made by Hilary Will, a KB Racing Top Fuel Dragster. Students will then have time to visit the show from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On January 18th, the NAIAS will celebrate Auto Racing Day. Fans will be able to meet IRL drivers Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., LeMans driver Ron Fellows, Chris Dyson, and NHRA Top-Fuel racer Hilary Will. Exhibits will highlight MIS, the return of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, the American LeMans Series, Micro Reality race cars and Formula One race cars from MSU.

There is an extensive list of supporting events that are associated with the NAIAS. AmericaJR.com and it's web team will be covering many of these events. I will attend a convention at The Detroit Free Press on January 6th. The topic will be "What Drives Detroit?" a look at the Challenges Facing the U.S. Auto Industry. Jerome and Gloria Rzucidlo will attend the SAA Automotive Outlook Conference at the Renaissance Center on January 9th. Mike Ismair and I will attend the AutoWeek Design Forum on January 10th. Our goal is to bring you the BEST Coverage. Period.

We invite you set aside time to visit the 2007 NAIAS. It will open to the public on January 13th and run until the 21st. Please visit the upcoming auto show. If you've been thinking about it, this is the one you will want to attend. The DADA is celebrating 100 Years of the Detroit Auto Show and we want you to experience it!

Don't Forget, AmericaJR.com is the ONLY web site in the World with FREE Tickets to the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Please register now to win! Another exclusive from AmericaJR.com, Detroit's #1 Website.

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Jeep drove this car through the glass window of Cobo Center and parked it on the top of this display.

 

PHOTO BY ANDREW TURNER / AMERICAJR.com

The Honda Fit was named a finalist for the 2007 "Car of the Year" Award.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

In 2006, Geely was the first Chinese automaker to show a car at the NAIAS. In 2007, there will be three Chinese automakers displaying their vehicles.

 

Our commitment to you: We will feature articles about the future of the auto industry. We'll introduce you to alternative energy vehicles that run on hydrogen, ethanol and other sources. We'll also bring you up to date on the latest concept cars for the future.

 

This page was last updated on Fri, December 29, 2006 3:03 PM

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