The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an annual auto show held in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center. It is among the largest auto shows in North America. The Metro Detroit area which the NAIAS serves is home to the “Big Three” American automakers, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is looking for dynamic individuals leading the charge in the ever-evolving automotive industry this coming January to share their insights and groundbreaking innovations with thousands of international media and industry attendees. The keynote presentations and panelists that take place over the course of Preview Week are designed to spark conversations and connect professionals who do business in the new mobility industry.
The 2018 AutoMobili-D featured more than 200 brands. Ranging from automakers, to suppliers, to tech startups as well as universities and government organizations. No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies. Organizations and thought leaders under one roof. In addition to the companies showcasing their new innovations, AutoMobili-D featured five days of mobility-themed content/presentations. Topics ranging from suppliers driving mobility technology, V2I connectivity, urban mobility, smart cities, building a mobility workforce, ride sharing, cybersecurity and autonomous technologies.
In 1899, William E. Metzger helped organize the Detroit Auto Show, only the second of its kind. The next year, he helped stage the New York Auto Show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. An auto show was held in Detroit in 1907 at Beller’s Beer Garden at Riverside Park and since then annually except 1941-1953. During the shows first decades of existence it portrayed only a regional focus. In 1957 international carmakers exhibited for the first time. In 1987 the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) proposed it become international. The members of the DADA went to places such as Europe and Japan in the attempt to convince those unveiling their new brands/vehicles in those countries to bring those unveilings to the North American Auto show.
That attempt proved to be successful, the North American Auto show was then renamed the North American International Auto Show in 1989. So, the North American International Auto Show has been hosted in Detroit, Michigan for over a Century. Since 1965 the show has been held at Cobo Center where it occupies nearly 1 million square feet (93,000 m²) of floor space. Prior to being held at the Cobo Center. However, the show was held at other well known places in the Metro Detroit area. Some of those places include the Light Guard Armory, Wayne Gardens pavilion, and Michigan State Fairgrounds.