Show organizers say the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens its doors from Jan. 11 - 25, 2009 at Detroit's Cobo Center. The city's long-bubbling plans to expand Cobo have apparently been put on hold, so we expect roughly the same number of world debuts (44) as the 2008 Detroit show.
As to world debuts? It's anyone's guess at this point, but if you haven't seen a Chevrolet Camaro by the end of the New York auto show, it's possible GM could wait until Detroit for a debut. We also expect a revamped 2010 Ford Mustang to make itself known, and possibly a production version of the new Taurus that Alan Mulally's been promising as well. And if you're really a gambler, you might predict a new Toyota Prius will be on display -- but you'll have to stay tuned for more.
For the specific crowds that attend, the dates break down as follows:
*Press Preview will be held Sunday, Jan. 11 through Tuesday, Jan. 13.
*Industry Preview will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15.
*The annual black-tie Charity Preview gala will be held Friday evening, Jan. 16.
*Public Days will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 25.
Organizers say the 2008 NAIAS saw more than 700,000 attendees file through Cobo Hall, along with 6,000 international media from nearly 60 countries and 37,000 industry insiders, not to mention celebrities like Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, and Toby Keith. In addition, $6 million was raised for children’s charities at the annual black-tie Charity Preview.