The 2012 North American International Auto Show aka the Detroit Auto Show runs January 14-22, 2012 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.
The first Detroit Area Dealer Association (DADA)-managed Detroit Auto Show was held in December 1907 at Riverview Park. In 1987, the show was re-focused as an international event, and 2012 is their 24th annual under the new format. The center of the event are concept cars and exhibitions by car companies from Acura to Volvo and of course Detroit standards like Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Lincoln.
Blogs & Social Media from the Detroit Auto Show
Our favorite for coverage this year is mLive’s Detroit Auto Show coverage. They have a look at Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s visit to the show, some concept car highlights from the 2012 floor and the back and forth between Governor Snyder and a Wayne State student. After Snyder issued a call for grads to stay in Michigan, biomed engineering student Ramkumar Annamalai asked him why if eduction was so important has Michigan seen cuts that remove a lot of what attracts top students. It’s an interesting exchange that highlights one of the real challenges manufacturing and research in Michigan are facing. You can also get comprehensive reporting from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.
As usual, you can find unabashed car love with a healthy dose of humor from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show on Jalopnik. Over at Autoblog they feature podcasts and articles including their Editor’s top 5 picks from the show (spoiler: #1 is the 2013 Ford Fusion which also captured Autoweek Magazine’s coveted Best of Show award). Another source that’s getting more and more relevant is Autoblog Green who has features on the frighteningly cute Tata, a sub-$19k Prius and the Smart-for-Us urban concept mini-truck pictured right. Pretty much everyone with a blog is covering it of course, from Motor Trend to Popular Mechanics.
Attending the North American International Auto Show
The NAIAS web site has everything you need to know about attending the public show and tomorrow night’s black tie charity preview. If you do attend and take pictures or video, we’d love it if you’d share them with us in the Absolute Michigan Flickr group or shoot us the link to YouTube vids!
Detroit Auto Show Photos
The NAIAS has a nifty virtual show floor. Christian Kettenbell took the photo at the top and he has a really nice slideshow from 2012. You can see a whole lot more by checking Detroit Auto Show and/or NAIAS on Flickr. The blogs & papers above are another great source of photos of production cars and concepts as well. If you’d like to step back in time, check out this Detroit News Rearview Mirror feature The Detroit Auto Show: from beer gardens to tabernacles to Cobo Center.
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Detroit Auto Show Videos
You can watch the snarky, kind of slow and frankly down on the auto show 2012 North American International Auto Show Preview from Drive and the un-snarky and faster paced preview from Autoweek TV. Our favorite, however, is this selection of highlights from the Media Preview on the 2012 show floor by Global News ENG Cameraman Ben Jonah. Got other ones you like? Add them in the comments below!