Wondering the whens, wheres and whats at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center? We’ve got you covered.
Every year the auto show draws an international crowd of journalists to Downtown Detroit and visitors from around Detroit, Michigan, Ohio elsewhere. This year they’ll see the unveiling of more than 50 new vehicles … greater and greener than ever before.
When is the 2013 Detroit Auto Show?
The public show runs Saturday, January 19 through Sunday, January 27. Doors open at 9:00 am and close at 10:00 pm, with no admittance after 9:00pm. On the final day, the doors close at 7:00 pm.
What can I expect when I get there?
You can either buy NAIAS tickets online here or at the show. There will be staff as well as credit card kiosks.
NAIAS tickets are $12. However, there are some discounts available. They’re only $6 for seniors 65 and older as well as kids aged 7-12, and admission is free for those 6 or younger.
There are going to be a lot of beautiful cars to see from the graceful to the green and every kind along the way. Here’s a handy map on the right of where all of your favorite car brands and suppliers are, and don’t forget to bring your camera if you want to take some pictures home with you.
NAIAS is the premier international auto show. Automakers hold back debuting vehicles just to show them off in Detroit and there are spectacular new vehicles. Our friends at Autoweek have a great rundown.
There are three food and drink options at Cobo (Eatsville USA, Healthier Alternatives and International Cafe), as well as all of the others nearby in Downtown Detroit. You can also shop at the Detroit Shoppe for your Detroit-themed gear and good. You can get to some other hot spots like Greektown and beat the cold by using the Detroit People Mover, which runs right through Cobo. The station is on the third floor on the Congress side of the building. It’s 75 cents to ride.
Need more ideas? Pure Michigan and Visit Detroit have some suggestions, too.
Whatever you do, wear comfortable shoes. There’s 722,500 square feet of exhibit space at Cobo. To give you an idea, the average Meijer store is 200,000-250,000 square feet.
Why is the North American International Auto Show important to the city and the region?
When the new contract was signed to keep the event in Downtown Detroit through at least 2017 it was estimated that the Detroit show will bring $1.75 billion to the Metro Detroit economy during the duration of the deal. It also showcases the city and the region to tourists and journalists who are here from all over the globe, not to mention being a focal event for what is still our largest industry.
The show started in 1907 and has been integral to the industry and area. After hopping around to different locations such as the State Fairgrounds and Light Guard Armory on 8 Mile, the show has been at Cobo Center since 1965. It’s been called the “North American International Auto Show” since 1989.
Come on down and see one of the best car shows in there is in the city that put the world on wheels.
BONUS: SELECT 2013 AUTO SHOW TO POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
Morgan Barrow, 12th grade from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills
State Farm Insurance Award
Dylan Balsitis, 12th grade from Mecosta Osceola Career Center in Big Rapids
Designer’s Best of Show – Digital
Brinsley Kubiak, 11th grade from Careerline Technical Center in Holland
Designer’s Best of Show – Traditional
John Sroka, 12th grade at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores
12th Grade Award, 1st Place
Ben Ellsworth from Saline High School in Saline
11th Grade Award, 1st Place
Daniel Gish from Careerline Technical Center in Holland
10th Grade Award, 1st Place
Marissa Medici from Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights
Most Creative Award
Alex Saenz, 10th grade from Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills