The Detroit Auto Show is held in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Center. The auto show is also called the North American International Auto Show and is regarded as one of the best professional auto shows in the world. The date of the show is usually in January. This auto show is the largest auto show in North America, and it has been a tradition since 1907. The only years that the show was not held were the years from 1943 to 1952. The fact that the Detroit Auto Show is held in Detroit is significant since the Big Three American automakers have their headquarters in this city. They are Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler.
The Cobo Center has been the venue for the auto show since 1965. It is a very large facility with almost 1 million square feet. There is a need for a very large facility because of the many cars that are brought into the Center for the show. About five days before the show opens to the public, the Press preview is held. During this time, the press is invited in so that they can report upcoming events and preview cars that will be introduced when the public is allowed into the show. Industry preview days run for about two days after press preview days. Auto industry executives, designers, and workers are able to see the offerings of the show before the public views them. After that, a day of Charity preview takes place. This event raises money for local children’s charities.
Ticket prices for the Charity preview usually cost several hundred dollars, with proceeds going towards charity. Amounts up to $7 million are raised by 15,000 attendees or more who travel from around the United States and around the world to see the show. Close to a million people attend the Detroit auto show each year. After the Charity preview, the show opens to the public. The show generally runs for about nine days to allow all of those who want to see the featured autos to come to the Cobo Center.
It is very easy to purchase auto show tickets online at the North American International Auto Show website. Tickets are sold online for all three categories, including the Industry preview, Charity preview, and Public Show preview. General ticket prices for adults are around $12 and $6 for seniors and children who are ages seven through twelve years old. Children under the age of six are admitted free with a parent or guardian. When tickets are purchased online, the customer prints a voucher that is then taken to the eTicket window at the Cobo Center. Customers must have a photo ID to be able to pick up the tickets. The auto show usually runs from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Inside the show, the newest car models are displayed for the first time after being surrounded by mystery for the past year. Newly released models and the latest concepts in accessories are attractions that bring thousands of visitors to the show. Car manufacturers prevue car models with newly developed features, such as improved fuel efficiency and other features that place them ahead of current models. Car lovers from around the world look forward to the Detroit Auto Show so they can see a real sample of their favorite car. World debuts of cars that are popular around the world bring visitors from Europe, Asia, and other spots to Detroit to see the latest Audi and Acura models, Bentleys, and other vehicles. Another feature of the Detroit Auto Show is that it is almost always the first show of the year. For this reason, newly released models are first shown at this show that is normally held in January. True car fans want to be the first to see the newly released models, so they head to Detroit each year.