25th Anniversary of the North American International Auto Show
REINVENTING DETROIT

VIDEO: Detroit show director recalls growing pains, unveilings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Watch our multimedia retrospective with Rod Alberts, who joined the North American International Auto Show in 1991 to help the founders continue to transform a regional show into an international one.... Read More »

'The first one who says it, gets it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The easy part of becoming the North American International Auto Show was for Detroit's car dealers to claim the name. The hard part was getting buy-in from international automakers, and for media to attend. But 25 years ago, a determined cadre of Detroit-area dealers and business leaders upstaged the New York International Auto Show.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

Remembering the Detroit show as it used to be

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Having witnessed the 1988 Detroit show made the 1989 show all the more remarkable to me. In one year, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association transformed the event into a global spectacle, giving foreign brands main-floor locations and spotlight-grabbing introductions.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Detroit's international show keeps getting stronger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
It doesn't seem that long ago that the Detroit auto show was just one of many sleepy, regional shows around the country that didn't excite the public or auto manufacturers. But 25 years ago, some dedicated auto dealers in Detroit, along with my old friend Bob McCurry, transformed the show into the North American International Auto Show.... Read More »

To be global, Detroit tapped Toyota, Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The debuts of two Japanese luxury car brands -- Lexus and Infiniti -- at Detroit's first "international" auto show in 1989 succeeded in igniting interest, curiosity and buzz about the ventures.... Read More »

The 10 most memorable world debuts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
There have been so many spectacular vehicles unveiled over the 25 years of the North American International Auto Show that it is difficult to choose the Top 10. But choose we did. Feel free to disagree.... Read More »

Global attendance boosts Detroit's economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Taking the Detroit auto show international has meant a big boost for Southeast Michigan's economy. Rebranding the show as the North American International Auto Show in 1989 and attracting foreign news media has bolstered local businesses, said Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the NAIAS.... Read More »

Detroit's rise forced other shows to improve

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The "internatonal" stamp that was put on the Detroit auto show in 1989 sent ripples of consternation from New York and Chicago to Los Angeles. The influx of world premieres and national media that streamed into Detroit in the first few years after its designation as the North American International Auto Show was a game changer.... Read More »

Refreshed Cobo becomes a center of attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
As thousands of car enthusiasts converge on the North American International Auto Show this month in search of the most striking new vehicles, they may discover that Cobo Center's $267 million renovation is one of the stars. Now at the halfway point of its redesign, Cobo Center has transformed for the 2014 show.... Read More »

Global stage offers opportunities for suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
On the surface, it might not make sense for executives from companies selling automotive components, insurance and paint to attend the North American International Auto Show. But suppliers such as Michelin North America, Denso International America, Johnson Controls and others have found the show to be a valuable one-stop shop.... Read More »

'A big deal' for aspiring artists

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The North American International Auto Show's annual poster contest is a design competition open to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders across Michigan. The contest, as old as the NAIAS itself, is aimed at getting the state's high school students and art community more engaged in Detroit's annual automotive spectacle.... Read More »

Chrysler's showbiz touch changed show unveilings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Showtime. That best describes how Chrysler changed the way automakers conducted auto show press conferences.... Read More »

THE BUZZ

Through the years: What was hot or not at the Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The giant get-together by the Detroit River each January is a happening. The cars and the conversation reveal what's hot, what's not and what's GOT to be the Next Big Thing. Here's a look back at 25 years of Detroit auto show buzz. Think of it as a CliffsNotes on the history of the modern auto industry.... Read More »

'Utter chaos': On with the show in the snow of '99

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
As he left London Gatwick Airport one early January afternoon in 1999, bound for wintry Detroit, car design-er Ian Callum had no way of knowing he was joining thousands of his peers on a journey into frozen hell.... Read More »

JASON VINES

Detroit: The naked truth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The Detroit Auto Show, what it used to be and should continue to be called, is the finest in the world for one reason: It has the best theater among the major shows. Even better, sometimes the theater is unplanned.... Read More »

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