It's more than 10 months until the next Detroit auto show, but some companies already are lobbying the Detroit Auto Dealers Association to change the date.
Japanese and Europeans execs would like media days to start a week later so that it would be easier for them to attend. That also would push back the start of public days.
At issue is the calendar. Press conferences generally start on the first Sunday of the year. But calendar dates shift, and some years overseas executives and reporters need to start traveling Jan. 1 to get here in time.
In Japan, CEOs have social obligations on New Year's Day. In Europe, family holidays traditionally last until Epiphany, which is Jan. 6.
The dealers also have considered adding a week to the public days. That could make the auto show last right through January.