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New Corvette Among More than 50 Previews Scheduled for Detroit Auto Show

Event to deliver scores of new products -- and some "fantasies in chrome."

by on Dec.17, 2012

The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette will be one of the big draws at this year's show. Image courtesy Car & Driver.

From the all-new C7 Chevrolet Corvette to the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Detroit Auto Show is hoping to deliver something new for everyone when it opens its doors next month.

Formally known as the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the event has developed a reputation as the most important car show in the U.S. and one of the five must-see shows worldwide. And it intends to maintain that status with an estimated 53 to 56 new products scheduled to debut on the floor of newly expanded Detroit’s Cobo Center.

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“Somewhere between 80% to 90% of them will be worldwide introductions,” says Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, or DADA, the trade group that runs the annual show.

Manufacturers are scheduled to reveal a broad range of products — from minicars to full-size vans and pickups – during the event, the 25th since the once-modest Detroit Auto Show took on the “international” designation.


2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Big changes coming as auto show redefines itself.

by on Jan.08, 2010

Though media days have been cut back this year, expect some big news from the 2010 NAIAS, including the debut of Cadillac's new XTS flagship sedan.

Auto shows were already well established by the time Henry Ford rolled out his first Model T, more than a century ago, and the formula hadn’t changed much by the time the small, regional Detroit Auto Show morphed into the influential North American International Auto Show, two decades ago.

Arguably the world’s most important automotive event, the NAIAS typically draws more than 600,000 paying customers – along with as many as 5,000 members of the media, there to watch the unveiling of dozens of cars, trucks, crossovers and concept vehicles.

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But in an era of tight budgets – never mind the ubiquitous influence of the Internet – the auto show concept is facing some serious challenges.  One of the first things General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre says he asked his staff, after assuming the additional post of Acting CEO, is, “Does the auto show sell cars?”