Is your schedule jam-packed for the next week? If so, clear it out … now! The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is back in the Motor City, but it’s only going to be here for a limited time. I get that you have other obligations such as work, school and/or taking care of the kids, but I’m giving you permission to take a day off of work or skip a class or two. (Permission not granted to abandon your kids, though.)
The 2014 edition of the NAIAS featured 50 vehicle debuts, the majority of which were worldwide. Of the 5,000-plus journalists who attended the event, more than 30% were international, a positive trend that continues to help make NAIAS a truly global event.
Now in its 26th year, the NAIAS is bigger and better than ever. More than 500 vehicles will be on display, including sports cars, supercars, pickup trucks, SUVs, electric cars and crossovers. A lot of buzz surrounds the Ford GT, which houses a 600-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, with 640 horsepower, can go from 0–60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds – and it’s also been a hit with the media members who were granted early access. The best part about all of it? It’s happening right in our backyard!
The show is open to the public January 17 – January 25 at Cobo Center. Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., January 17 – 24, with no admittance after 9:00 p.m. Hours for the final day of the event (January 25) are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no admittance after 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $13 per person. Tickets for seniors 65 and older and children 7–12 years old are $7, while children 6 and under are free with a parent or guardian. Senior and children tickets must be purchased at the door and are only valid the day of purchase.
While the event is great for car enthusiasts, it’s also had a huge positive economic impact for the city. To date, the total economic impact of the NAIAS on the southeastern Michigan region is estimated at between $9.7 and $10.1 billion. More than 125 charities have received donations from the event’s Charity Preview that takes place Friday, January 16.
To stay up to date on all the information you need such as parking, directions and tickets, check out NAIAS.com. Hopefully we’ll see you at the show!
Now, we want to hear from you! Do you have any questions about this year’s show? If you’ve attended the NAIAS show in the past, what are some of your favorite memories? Let us know in the comments below!