Need To Know About The Show


Like most big trade shows, the North American International Auto Show, (aka: The Detroit Auto Show), kicks off with closed-door sessions for the news media before opening to the general public.

The NAIA, now in its 101st year, gets into gear Sunday, Jan 13, when big-name industry players such as General Motors, Ford Motor, Mercedes-Benz and Hondaunveil new models with more than a little glitz.

There’s more of the same Monday, when companies such as Maserati, Ferrari and Roll Royce get their chance to show off to the news media.

The show floor officially opens Jan 15 at 7 a.m. ET. Industry previews run Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $75 each

The show is open to car fans (and others) from Saturday, Jan. 19 - Sunday, Jan. 27. On all but the last day, Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (65 and older) as well as children 7-12 years old. Children 6 years and under are free.

It's also a big event for school groups. so expect crowds. Attendance easily tops 700,000.

Again, like most major expos, the NIA is a big show and absorbs a lot of ground. (Some 1,700 people contribute to its daily operations).

Not all the events and displays are in the main location, the COBO Center, which is connected to all downtown Detroit hotels and entertainment districts by the Detroit People Mover.