• Sam Locricchio Posted: 6/18/2010 1:34pm PDT

    Richard - while it's cool to be mentioned in a piece talking about the emerging/TBD comeback of the industry, it should be noted NAIAS, to clarify, didn't really have "dismal" attendance in 2010 (I might have misunderstood, but assuming you meant "last year" as 2010/the last show) Actually, we had more than 60 countries represented by about 5,000 journalists. Public days had the show at 750,000 people, which was up 100,000 from 09. To your point though, the floor is full and that's always a good sign 7 months ahead of the show. Best and here's to hoping some good times continue to (cautiously) roll.
    Sam

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 6/18/2010 2:06pm PDT

    Thanks for the response, Sam. Yes, I was referring to NAIAS 2010 when I said "last year". And I wasn't picking on Detroit when I mentioned flagging numbers: auto shows around the world saw a significant reduction in attendance from OEMs in 2009 and early 2010.
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    That said, our staff were there in January, and there's no denying that while NAIAS' public days may have been huge, the press days were a little slim. In fact, we even commented on it: http://ht.ly/20t4v. There's no crime in that -- and in fact, it makes this year's lineup look even more striking by comparison.

  • Rich Posted: 6/19/2010 3:49pm PDT

    GM and Ford are doing much better but to say Chrysler is out of the woods is very premature. Only 1 new model in it's entire lineup (and a dated suv guzzler at that). But the entire rest of it's lineup is dated and in trouble, save for the Ram (another guzzler). So, the fat lady is still ready to sing fir Chrysler. GM and Ford have been at death's door before--they and the UAW need to break old patterns of making good business decision for only short terms.