North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Finalists:
A special meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. Thursday,
December 18, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. inside Detroit's Cobo
Center. Speaker: Joe Serra, President, Serra Automotive
and Senior Co-Chairman of 2009 NAIAS. Presiding officer:
Carl Galeana, Senior Co-Chairman of 2008 NAIAS. Topic:
"Where the Automotive World Comes Together".
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Seminar for Automotive and Business Journalists:
Detroit Free Press Building. Saturday, January 10, 2009
at 9:15 a.m. Detroit Free Press, 600 W. Fort St., Detroit,
MI 48226. The seminar is presented in cooperation with
the Detroit Free Press, the Society of Professional
Journalists and the Center for Automotive Research.
"What Drives Detroit -- V" Featured Experts:
Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Vice President,
Research, Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor,
Michigan; David E. Cole, Ph.D., Director, Center for
Automotive Research; Sheldon Sandler, Founder and CEO,
Bel Air Partners, Skillman, New Jersey
International Car of the Year Awards: MGM Grand
Detroit Casino, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at time TBA.
Presented with the Hollywood flair of the Academy Awards,
the ICOTY Awards kick off festivities for the North
American International Auto Show (NAIAS) January 10,
2009, taking center stage at MGM Grand Detroit. Hosted
by Edmunds.com Editorial Director Kevin Smith, and Road
& Travel Magazine (RTM) Editor-in-Chief Courtney
Caldwell, the 13th annual awards will reveal the winning
vehicles for International Car of the Year and International
Truck of the Year. The mission of the ICOTY Awards is
to honor vehicles that reflect lifestyle compatibility
and how well automakers achieve that goal through the
design and marketing of the vehicle.
North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards:
NAIAS Stage, Michigan Hall, Cobo Center, Sunday, January
11, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. The 16th Annual awards recognize
vehicles that have become benchmarks in their respective
Annual Designers Night in Detroit: The
Designers' Night committee and sponsors will hold their
12th annual event at Camilo Pardo's art studio/gallery
from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Automotive art and design
from nationally acclaimed artists will be on display.
Performing live jazz. By invitation only. Business cards
will be required upon entry. Valet parking will be available.
of Automotive Analysts (SAA) 21st Annual Automotive
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, Tuesday, January
13, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect
and CEO of Tesla Motors will deliver the keynote address
at the event. Musk, named Inc.'s Entrpreneur of the
Year in 2007 is also the CEO and CTO of Space Exploration
Technoligies (SpaceX), and was co-founder of PayPal.
Chief Economists from DiamlerChrysler, General Motors
and Ford will make their sales forecasts for 2009. For
complete conference details, visit www.cybersaa.org.
Design at NAIAS: Cobo Center, NAIAS Stage,
Michigan Hall, Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:10 a.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. Awards are judged and presented by a panel of
world-renowed designers led by the DIO's founding chairman
and noted designer, Thomas Gale. For more information,
contact Judi Dara at 313.82.4710.
Annual Urban Wheel Awards: The Detroit Opera
House, Tuesday, January 13, 2009. 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.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 www.onwheelsinc.com.
Tony Plana, star of ABC's "Ugly Betty" will
Business Update / China Automotive Review:
Cobo Center - Room W2-63, Wednesday, January 14, 2009
from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. "China and the
Future of Global Auto Manufacturing" Learn about
the latest developments of China’s automobile
market, its movers and shakers; Explore the future of
global auto manufacturing and the role of China, especially
in the area of new energy vehicles; Understand China's
potential as a global player to better prepare for new
challenges and opportunities Meet top executives from
Chinese OEM exhibitors at a unique networking event
during the annual Detroit Motor Show. Click
here for more info.
Annual AutoWeek Design Forum:
Postponed until 2010... "The announcement was made
late last week to postpone the 2009 AutoWeek Design
Forum. AutoWeek remains dedicated to the design world
and it’s influence on the automotive industry
and because of this, will continue to move forward in
planning future programs, including the 2010 AutoWeek
Annual Auto Show Breakfast:
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, Wednesday, January
14, 2009 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. "Recession
Defense: Smart Vehicle Choices," the breakfast
is presented by Inforum, one of the largest and most
prestigious professional organizations for women in
the Midwest. Industry leaders will reflect factors that
influence how consumers can balance making smart, small,
safe and sustainable automotive choices. A highlight
of this event will include the release of new data by
Lonnie Miller, Director of Industry Analysis, R.L. Polk
& Co., on the loyalty of customers who purchase
hybrid vehicles. For more information, please visit
Economic Club's Auto Show Luncheon:
The Motor City Casino, Thursday, January 15, 2009 at
11:30 a.m. Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. will be the
speaker. Join fellow DEC members and guests for a special
luncheon, celebrating the opening of the 2009 North
American International Auto Show. Each attendee will
receive two weekday tickets to the 2009 Show, courtesy
of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. For more details,
NAIAS Charity Preview:
Cobo Center, Friday, January 16, 2009 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, call 888.838.7500 or visit http://www.charitypreview.com/.
Automotive News World Congress: January
19 - 22, 2009 at the Detroit Marriot Renaissance Center
(NEW location!). Keynote Speakers: Frederick A. Henderson
(President and COO, General Motors), and Ron Gettelfinger
(President, UAW). 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.
Annual NAIAS Automotive Education Day:
Cobo Center, Wednesday, January 21, 2009 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
School groups should arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. in
Cobo Arena. Opening remarks will begin at 8:30 a.m.
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Auto Racing Day:
Cobo Center, Friday, January 23, 2009. The 4th Annual
Auto Racing Day invites you to experience the thrills
of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As Presenting Sponsor,
Sprint will usher in unprecedented fun for everyone
attending the 2009 North American International Auto
Show Public Days. Test your driving skills in one of
four 3/4-scale racing simulators and participate in
surprise appearances by top NASCAR drivers. Want to
feel the excitement of The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?
Start making plans to be part of the Sprint Experience.