World Car Gist #Update
And it’s a wrap! The bubbly, news ridden 2018 North American International Auto Show that caught the attention of various people for about 2 weeks finally came to a close on Monday 29th January.
The show, after a 16-day peek at the latest in industry innovations, ended Sunday with 100,605 attendees. Cobo Center featured more than 700 vehicles and interactive displays during the exhibition. Last year’s attendance for the nine days of public viewing totaled 749,229, according to the show’s organizers.
“Detroit experienced every facet of the mobility industry over the past two weeks,” said Chairman Ryan LaFontaine. “From startups showcasing their innovative technologies to C-suite discussions on a driverless future to industry giants standing on the world stage revealing brand-defining products and technologies, NAIAS was an incredible platform for one of the most exciting times in the history of our industry.”
New this year was the Future Automotive Career Exposition, connecting thousands interested in working in all aspects of the mobility industry.
“The biggest testament to the fact that the mobility industry is being redefined here in Detroit is best illustrated by the thousands of media that travel from across the globe to the Motor City …” said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts.
Quick facts from the Detroit Auto Show:
- 5,078 journalists from 60 countries.
- 52 vehicles debuted.
- 40,000 auto and tech industry executives, designers, developers and analysts turned out for the show.
- 12,714 people attended the charity preview, raising almost $5.1 million for children’s charities in Metro Detroit.