Welcome to a special edition of Five Things you need to know about Michigan presenting the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The public show runs January 15-23, 2011 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.
We say Detroit Auto Show, you say..?
We’re going to continue to call the 2011 North American International Auto Show the “Detroit Auto Show” until we receive a convincing argument to stop. “North American International Auto Show” is just too long and NAIAS sounds like some kind of acronym thought up to make everyone happy that doesn’t. The NAIAS history page (where you can see a video from last year) doesn’t explain why the Detroit Auto Show changed its name after 82 years in 1989. Concept Carz suggests that it was because Detroit Auto Show became an international event that year, but BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo first joined the show way back in 1957.
Blogging the Detroit Auto Show
Once again one of your best outlets for unabashed car love with a healthy dose of humor is the 2011 Detroit Auto Show on Jalopnik. They have a tasty feature on the best concept cars of 2011 and a great video tour of the show with ex Volvo & Ford designer Peter Horbury.
Get daily updates on mlive’s Detroit Auto Show – Concept Cars, New Vehicles, Rumors, Pictures, Videos. Over at Autoblog they pile up the photos as fast as the car companies can dish them out. If you’re a gamer, you might want to climb into the Call of Duty Black Ops Jeep Wrangler, but most will probably want to see the editors’ top 5 vehicles (#1 is the Hyundai Veloster). If you like your cars easy on the environment, check out Autoblog Green where you can go inside the manufacturing of a Tesla Motors roadster. Pretty much everyone with a blog is covering it of course, from Cars.com to Motor Trend to Popular Mechanics. We were going to run down newspaper coverage as well, but it’s enough to give you the links to the Detroit News Auto Show pagesand the Freep’s NAIAS coverage.
Detroit Auto Show Photos
The NAIAS has a photo tour of the 2011 show and a nifty virtual show floor. The photo at the top right is murcielago roadster by joojanta from the Absolute Michigan pool. He has a great set of photos called NAIAS 200x with more. 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.
Detroit Auto Show Video
NAIAS Detroit 2011 Highlights – AutoMotoTV:
Attending the Detroit Auto Show
The NAIAS web site – ok, so I’ll type it – 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 on Flickr and YouTube!
Anything else to add or ask? Post it in the comments!