This month, the city that put the world on wheels will shine for the world to see as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) returns to Detroit for its 28th year. We’ve got all the details below on the events leading up to the public reveal on January 16 so get ready for one of the most prestigious automotive shows in the world!
Detroit CARved: Seven cars carved from giant blocks of ice will be on display for three weeks in downtown Detroit in celebration of the auto show. Ice Creations sculpted life-sized cars by hand using blocks of ice measuring 20 by 40 inches each and weighing thousands of pounds. Check out frozen replicas of a 1957 Chevy Nomad and 1961 Chrysler 300G in Cadillac Square, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura and a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador outside of One Campus Martius, a 2017 Audi R8 at 1 Kennedy Square (near the Ernst & Young building), and a 1966 Ford Mustang and a 2-17 Bugatti Chiron in front of the Chase Tower. Don’t forget to snap photos and use the hashtags #CARvedDET and #WinterMagicDET and show the world Detroit’s arctic automo-beauty.
The Gallery: The MGM Grand Detroit will host the ninth annual luxury event on January 9, where the world’s most exclusive automobiles will be on display in a salon setting. Guests will enjoy dinner from world-renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the gallery opens right after. A collection worth $7 million will include automobiles from Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce and many more luxury brands. DJ Ryan Richards will be spinning tunes and guests will have the chance to bid on items curated by luxury lifestyle authority Robb Report during a silent auction. Travel packages and one-of-a-kind fashion, design, culinary and hospitality experiences are sure to induce competitive bidding. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Detroit Auto Dealers Association’s Charitable Foundation Fund. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased by calling (248) 283-5126.
Press and Industry Previews: On January 11-12, media from local, national and international outlets will be able to view vehicles and interview industry leaders to prepare stories for the public. NAIAS media credentials are required for this event. Technology and innovation is of utmost importance for the Industry Preview held January 13 from noon – 9 p.m. and January 14 from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. More than 35,000 automotive professionals representing 2,000 companies worldwide will be in attendance to network and discuss cutting edge products. Tickets are available for $95 per person and good for admittance once on Wednesday or Thursday.
Inforum Breakfast: The organization dedicated to women and their careers is hosting its 14th annual NAIAS breakfast at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dan Ammann, who is responsible for managing General Motors’ business operations around the world, will discuss GM’s vision for the automotive industry with Lynne Doughtie, U.S. Chairman and CEO of KPMG. Tickets are $40 for Inforum members, $65 for non-members and $25 for students. Following the breakfast is Inforum’s AutomotiveNEXT 1:1, which gives university students a chance to converse in small groups with auto industry executives so they can build their professional network prior to graduation.
Charity Preview and Studio 25 After-Party: It might be cold outside, but this party will be the hottest ticket in town! From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. guests can wear their gala-best and get a first glimpse of the 2016 show floor while sipping champagne and mingling with auto enthusiasts. This year’s special entertainment is Huey Lewis and The News who will be performing hits like “Power of Love,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $101 million for southeast Michigan charities helping kids from birth to age 18. Tickets are $400 per person ($390 is tax deductible) and can be purchased online or by calling (888) 838-7500. The Studio 25 after-party, presented by Opportunity Detroit, will keep the excitement going from 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. with entertainment provided by Fifty Amp Fuse, gourmet food and an 80-foot bar overlooking the Detroit River. Tickets are $150 each (a Charity Preview ticket is required) and can be purchased by calling (248) 643-0250.
Public Show: The NAIAS is open to the public Saturday, January 16 – Saturday, January 23 from 9 a.m.–10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.) and Sunday, January 24 from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (no admittance after 6p.m.). Early access for handicapped individuals is 8 a.m. each day and entry is at Hall C. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $7 for seniors and kids age 7-12. Tickets for groups of 30 or more are available at a discounted rate of $9 per ticket. Children under age 6 are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are available online (print voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window outside the Hall C entrance and have photo I.D. ready), at ticket booths in the Cobo Center concourse (cash only), digital kiosks located in the concourse (credit card only) or by contacting the ticketing office at (248) 283-5173 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Time to get a glimpse of the future of automotive innovation and take a peek at new cars from the world’s top brands. Grab some friends and visit the playground of auto enthusiasts in the heart of the Motor City.