You hear a little about it every year– January’s Detroit Auto Show, where the newest, sleekest vehicles are revealed to the world. But how much do you really know about what happens in Detroit?
Here are five fun facts you may not know about the world’s most famous auto show:
- While we most all know it by the name of Detroit Auto Show, it’s actually called the North American International Auto Show. NAIAS is a rebranding that came in 1987 when the Detroit Auto Show wanted to attract international carmakers to also reveal their newest cars in Detroit.
- This auto show has been held in Detroit every year since 1907, expect for the years during World War II.
- The auto show is a long event. The NAIAS runs for two weeks every year at the COBO Center in Detroit. It’s divided into different segments: the first two days are for press only, while the next two days are for those in the auto industry. People can then purchase tickets for a charity preview day, where all proceeds go to charitable causes in the Detroit area. For the following week, the show is opened to the public.
- There are two types of cars at the show: 2015 models of vehicles that will enter production and “concept cars,” which are prototype cars where auto makers experiment with design and technology.
- Each year, a panel of 57 journalists judges the present cars to award the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards.
The auto show, which started the 12th of January, will wrap up this weekend. You can learn more about the auto show by checking out the NAIAS website, or by making a visit to Detroit. It’s only 10 and a half hours from Sedalia! If you can’t make it out of Warrensburg or Jefferson City, Bryant Motors has for your viewing pleasure the newest models of your favorite Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles, including the 2015 Dodge Ram and the Chrysler Town and Country.