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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Preview

2007 Auto Show a Huge Success despite Attendance dip

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The Jaguar C-XF won the AutoWeek Editor's Choice Award for "Best in Show" and the College for Creative Studies Award for "Concept Car That Must Be Built."

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 


This year's 2007 North American International Auto Show was amazing even with a little lower attendance. The show attracted over 700,000 people during the Industry Preview days, Charity Preview and the Public Days.

Reasons for the lower attendance include the economy and incelement weather. Total attendance figures were 705,226 people. Last year, 759,310 people visited the auto show.

A total of 6,600 journalists covered the event from Cobo Center. They came from 62 different countries around the world. AmericaJR.com was proud to have sent six members of our web team to the NAIAS. Of those who covered the event, Jason Rzucidlo; Gloria Rzucidlo; Jerome Rzucidlo; Sheila Franklin; Mike Wrathell; Mike Ismair.

I had the opportunity to interview the 2007 NAIAS Co-Chairman Carl Galeana. The interview was held on Monday, January 8th during Press Week of the auto show. Click here to listen to my LIVE Interview.

AmericaJR.com's Web Team added several of the supporting events for the auto show. I had the chance to cover the FACS conference at the Detroit Free Press. The topic was "What Drives Detroit?" It was a great conference that discussed the future of the U.S. Automotive industry.

Jerome and Gloria Rzucidlo attended the SAA Conference at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. It was the 19th Annual Automotive Outlook Conference. The featured speaker was Jim Press, President of Toyota Motors North America. Click here for a report on the SAA Conference.

Mike Ismair and I attended the AutoWeek Design Forum. The topic was "Design for Success." Head designers from GM, Ford and Chrysler spoke about their new product offerings. In addition, keynote speaker Charlie Hughes talked about the meaning of a brand. He offered suggestions to Big Three U.S. automakers. Click here for a report on the AutoWeek Design Forum.

The Industry Preview days brought in close to 30,000 people. They represented 2,200 companies in the automotive world. Industry Preview days are held after the media days and just before the Charity Preview.

In an exclusive interview with NAIAS Co-Chairman Carl Galeana, he said, "From the perspective, we see a lot of international media now than we had from 10 to 15 years ago. Most of our media representatives are all international. It's a big deal."

This year's Charity Preview raised another $6 million for 11 Detroit -area charities. There was 15,000 people in attendance at the event, just one day prior to the public show opened.

According to our calculations, there was a total of 36 new concept cars unveiled at the 2007 NAIAS. The most popular concepts included the Chevy Volt, the Chevy Camaro convertible, the Ford Airstream, the Rolls-Royce Drophead coupe, the Kia Kue, the Jeep Trailhawk and the Jaguar Concept XF. Last year's show featured 31 concept cars.

There was a total of 40 new production models at the 2007 NAIAS. The most popular production models were the MINI Convertible Sidewalk, Toyota Tundra CrewMax, Cadillac CTS, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Viper SRT-10 and the Ford Focus. Last year's show featured 36 production models.

I had the chance to meet up with WDIV Local 4 reporter Steve Garagiola during press week. I also met WJBK Fox 2 reporter Murray Feldman. On behalf of everyone at AmericaJR.com, I would like to thank the NAIAS, DADA and John Bailey & Associates for allowing us to have media passes to cover this great event.

AmericaJR.com has the BEST Pictures of the 2007 North American International Auto Show. See all the hot new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. Click here to view our Auto Show Photos section. Rated #1 on Google and Yahoo! for the past five years.

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The Chevrolet Volt is an all electric vehicle. It won the AutoWeek Editor's Choice Award for Most Significant Vehicle.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Toyota unveiled the Tundra CrewMax at the 2007 NAIAS. It was designed to compete with the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the sleek Ocean Drive concept car at the NAIAS.

 

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, January 26, 2007 9:59 PM

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