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2008 NAIAS: Supporting Events


  • North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists: A special meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. inside Detroit's Cobo Center. Keith Crain, Chairman of Crain Communications and publisher of Automotive News, will be the speaker. Presiding officer will be Tarik Daoud, Chairman of Al Long Ford. Topic: The State of the Auto Industry. For more details, click here.
  • FACS Seminar for Automotive and Business Journalists: Detroit Free Press Building. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.. The seminar is presented in cooperation with the Detroit Free Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Automotive Research. Starting the day will be Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., chief economist of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI. His presentation will include a projection of the significant impact that new labor agreements with the auto makers and the UAW will have on the industry.
  • North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards: NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, Cobo Center, Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. The 15th Annual awards recognize vehicles that have become benchmarks in their respective segments.
  • 11th Annual Designers Night in Detroit: Over 500 design professionals will celebrate this event in an art/design studio and gallery in the Fox Theater district. The studio and gallery are owned by Camilo Pardo, representing Ford’s Advanced Studio, Strategic Design. Pardo is a Ford designer and one of the founders and hosts of Designers Night, which is now in its 11th year. (By invitation only.) The theme for the 2008 event is “The Past, Present and Future of Detroit.” Through this presentation, automobile designers from around the world attending the NAIAS will better understand Detroit’s history, current status and the expansive efforts underway that are leading to its rebirth.
  • Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) 20th Annual Automotive Outlook Conference: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, January 15, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. Chief Economists from DiamlerChrysler, General Motors and Ford will make their sales forecasts for 2007. For complete conference details, visit
  • EyesOn Design at NAIAS: Cobo Center, NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.. Presented by Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Presentation of international design awards to honor and recognize the most significant automotive designs on display at NAIAS.
  • 12th Annual Urban Wheel Awards: The Awards honor automotive companies, executives, dealers, suppliers, motorsports organizations and advertisements that recognize the growing clout of multicultural consumers and the industry’s embracing diversity. On Wheels, Incorporated, parent company of African Americans On Wheels, Latinos On Wheels, and Asians On Wheels magazines present the Urban Wheel Awards. Also produced by On Wheels Incorporated are On Wheels With Warren Brown, the On Wheels News Service (OWNS) and Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit. Red Carpet and VIP Reception at 4:00 p.m., General Reception at 5:00 p.m. and Awards Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
  • China Business Update / China Automotive Review: Presenting a half-day seminar with a theme of “China’s Emerging Automobile Market.” Held at the Sheraton Detroit Riverside Hotel (formerly Hotel Pontchartrain). CEOs of four Chinese automakers exhibiting at NAIAS to be featured. Co-organized by and Detroit Chinese Business Association. For further information, contact,, or visit, and
  • 15th Annual AutoWeek Design Forum: Cobo Center, January 16, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. "Designed for Fun" is the theme of the 15th annual AutoWeek Design Forum, which examines design in the auto and consumer product worlds and celebrates design as the ultimate differentiating factor between products, the catalyst of passion and the primary force that drives consumers' interest and purchase decisions. The keynote speaker will be Jesse James, Owner of West Coast Choppers. In addition to an outstanding speaker lineup, the forum includes The AutoWeek Editors' Choice Awards and Guided tours of the 2008 North American International Auto Show floor 3 days before it opens to the public. For more details, click here.
  • Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, January 16, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. "Beyond Green: Unraveling Sustainability Mystique." Do your eyes glaze over when you begin reading about hybrids, ethanols, electric vs. gasoline powered? Are the blends at the gas pump more confusing to choose from? Come with us Beyond we take you through an interesting and educational session to unravel the sustainability mystique. Hear first hand for the experts how you can do the "right thing" for the environment yet pick out the "right vehicle" that fits your lifestyle. For more information, please visit
  • Detroit Economic Club's Auto Show Luncheon: Riverview Ballroom, Cobo Center, January 18, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be the speaker. For more details, click here.
  • NAIAS Charity Preview: Friday, January 18, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Black tie event. The Charity Preview of the North American International Auto Show brings the world to Detroit - but that's not all. The Charity Preview is one of the most exclusive, high profile events in the nation. Celebrities, athletes, and politicians are drawn to the gala... a perfect opportunity to entertain clients or reward members of your team. Tickets are $400 per person ($390 of each ticket is tax deductible). Funds raised will support vital youth services for children. You can be part of the biggest celebration in town. To order your tickets complete the RSVP card (available for download soon) and fax it to 248.283.5124 or call 888.838.7500.
  • 2008 Automotive News World Congress: January 21-24, 2008 at the Detroit Marriot Renaissance Center (NEW location!). Keynote Speaker: Alan Mullally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company. It's the only automotive event of its kind in the world - and it only comes around once a year. The Automotive News World Congress. For four days during the North American International Auto Show, Automotive News delivers with access to the most influential and powerful industry leaders from around the globe. With 30 speakers and over 800 attendees, the World Congress is one event you can't miss. Register today. It's the one event that puts the automotive world at your fingertips.
  • NAIAS Automotive Education Day: January 23, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Automotive Education Day began at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as an opportunity for schools to participate in a positive and valuable offsite educational experience. The purpose of this event is to enable high school students (grades 9-12) to learn more about the trends in the automotive industry and the career opportunities available to them. Tickets for Automotive Education Day are $10 (USD and CAN) per student and include lunch. One chaperone per 10 students is required. Online registration is available at School groups should arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. in Cobo Arena. Opening remarks will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more details, click here.
  • NAIAS Auto Racing Day: January 25, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. For one action-packed day, the NAIAS 2008 will celebrate the excitement and history of auto racing during its Auto Racing Day, presented by Sprint. A Racing Day theme will overtake Cobo’s concourse, and attendees with the need for speed can ride in race car simulators. The event will feature exhibits showcasing different aspects of racing, and will have autograph sessions and meet & greet opportunities with celebrity drivers. The event continues to add exciting attractions and guest appearances, more information will be posted on this site as it becomes available. For more details, click here.



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