As the North American International Auto Show 2014 (NAIAS) celebrates 25 years of bringing the best of the auto industry to the world stage in Detroit, it does so in a transformed Cobo Center, a world-class venue fitting for a world-class show. It all starts with the Press Preview on Jan. 13, and runs through the Public Show, concluding on Jan. 26.
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"After 25 years as one of the premier, global auto shows, the NAIAS continues to amaze," said Bob Shuman, chairman, NAIAS 2014. "In fact, if it's possible to top last year's spectacular show, considered by many as the 'best show – ever,' we are confident that we will do it this year with fantastic product unveilings, an automotive technology showcase, an improved venue, and Detroit hospitality."
Some 50 global vehicle unveilings are expected to be made on Detroit's world stage, according to Shuman.
"It will be an absolute news feast for the journalists who cover the show from around the world," he said.
Also this year, journalists and visitors to NAIAS will enjoy activities in Cobo Center's new Atrium, the focal point of the facility that now features spectacular views of one of the area's greatest natural resources – the Detroit River. Additionally, the Grand Riverview Ballroom, formerly Cobo Arena, adds a magnificent and enormous space for meetings, conventions and vehicle unveilings. Add to that renovated meeting rooms, new networking space and infrastructure improvements, and Detroit's Cobo Center stands among the list of some of the world's finest event venues.
"The changes to Cobo are not all that's new," said Shuman. "Several manufacturers will be debuting all-new exhibits at this year's show. Attendees during the Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and Public Show will be amazed at the changes inside and out. It's truly fitting for our 25th Anniversary celebration."
NAIAS exhibiting manufacturers include: Acura, AMG, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Equus Automotive, Fiat, Ford Division, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Smart, SRT, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, VL Automotive , Volkswagen, and Volvo.
The NAIAS 2014, in partnership with MGM Grand Detroit, BBC.com, Tappers Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, and TAG Heuer, presents The Gallery on Sat., Jan. 11, featuring magnificent vehicles from brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Bentley, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Jaguar, Lingenfelter, Falcon, SRT Viper among others and the finest motorcycles from BMW. Most of the vehicles on display at The Gallery will not be shown at NAIAS. Media are invited to cover The Gallery from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sun., Jan. 12. Exhibiting brand representatives will be available to answer questions about their vehicles. NAIAS 2014 credentials, or proof of journalist status and picture ID required for entry.
More than 5,000 journalists from 60+ countries are expected to attend Press Preview at NAIAS 2014 and witness the worldwide unveiling of never before seen products, as well as a number of North American introductions. Journalists will once again benefit from the Michelin Media Center being located in Michigan Hall, providing quick and easy access to the show floor. Last year's technical improvements to the Media Center will be in place again, so writing and filing stories will be as efficient as ever.
Industry Preview Jan. 15 and 16 provides a number of special, simultaneous features presented by auto manufacturers and suppliers, with additional announcements expected from official NAIAS sponsors. Each year, nearly 30,000 professionals representing more than 2,000 companies from around the world attend NAIAS Industry Preview to compare, analyze, photograph, and benchmark the thousands of components used to build new vehicles. Industry Preview is open to anyone with a ticket, available at naias.com.
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