It's said that all roads leads to Rome, an age-old phrase that traces back to the earliest-known civilizations. However, for two weeks in January, all eyes will be on Detroit for an auto show that's world renowned.
From January 11-24, the Motor City plays host to the North American International Auto Show, located in the heart of Detroit at the newly renovated Cobo Center, conveniently located at 1 Washington Blvd.
Worldwide representation at NAIAS
Last year at the NAIAS, more than 50 international vehicles made their debut. This year organizers are stating that there will be even more – promising to elicit the attention of automotive enthusiasts from around the world.
NAIAS Chairman Paul Sabatini pointed out that it could very well be the golden age of the motor vehicles.
"The industry is truly firing on all cylinders," Sabatini explained. "That will be reflected at this year's show. Attendees to the 2016 NAIAS will see the most global reveals of any auto show in North America, and will experience them amidst automaker exhibits that are either completely new or significantly enhanced for the upcoming show."
NAIAS takes a back-seat to no one when it comes to setting the industry bar for what's "in" and "out" in the automotive sector. The trends of yesterday, today, and tomorrow will be on display over the two-week stretch.
Over the first several days – from Jan. 11 to 15 – NAIAS will be exclusively open to automotive professionals and analysts within the industry, providing them with a "sneak peek" of the show before it goes public. Come Jan. 16, everyone is welcome to attend. However, the 800,000 attendees expected will have a hard time determining what event to visit.
Cars on Parade
Even if you had the time to spend the entire two weeks at NAIAS, you still wouldn't be able to get a see all that there is to take in. So for those looking to get a snapshot of everything in one place should look no further than the Cars on Parade. Every day, from 3:30-7 p.m., a parade of cars will course through the main floor. Traditional parades include a laundry list of sights and sounds. In the NAIAS version, the showing of cars will be similarly diversified, with a hodgepodge of models like muscle cars, electric, luxury, and "ultra-luxury," just to name a handful. Some of the more highly anticipated models include the Acura NSX, BMW i8, Cadillac ATS-V, Corvette Z06, Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, and a 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Convertible.
Automotive aficionados typically know their way around auto shows, but the NAIAS isn't solely for those who are well-versed in the field. On Jan. 20, NAIAS hosts its annual "Education Days." A favorite among local grade schools and high schools, Education Days provides guests with an opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the automotive industry.
NAIAS is also family friendly, and the 2016 version promises to hold true to that reputation, especially on Jan. 22 for the WXYZ Family Day. Activities, celebrities, and live music are sure to delight parents and children of all ages.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and head on over to the Cobo Center for the North American International Auto Show – it promises to be an event that will get 2016 started on the right track.