After a three-year hiatus, the North American International Auto Show is back in Detroit this fall.
Anchored by Huntington Place with additional components taking place throughout downtown Detroit, it will be open to the public Sept. 17-25. Media/Tech Days are set for Sept. 14 and 15, with a Charity Preview Sept. 16.
Chairman Joe Lunghamer says he’s excited that the show is returning.
“We are grateful to be back,” he says. “The Detroit Auto Show has a long history. Everyone seems to have a story about their experiences at the show.
“We’re elated to have the opportunity to bring people back downtown to experience a bigger, better Detroit Auto Show.”
In fact, Lunghamer describes what’s on tap this year as “next-generation.”
“The event will be held at the newly rebranded Huntington Place and will capitalize on our city’s other great assets with outdoor vehicle displays and activities at Hart Plaza and along the Detroit riverfront,” he says. “This is an event like we’ve never hosted before with more interactive things to do and see.”
Detroit’s three auto companies and the 15 brands they represent, along with Toyota, are key players, he says.
“We are working to create a show that will not only showcase the automotive industry’s cutting-edge technology and excitement, but also will demonstrate the future of mobility through our air mobility companies,” Lunghamer adds. “Through our mobility displays, interactive experiences, entertainment, and family-centered attractions, we are creating a destination that will excite all visitors.”
A “Show Above the Show” will feature flight demonstrations over the cities of Detroit and Windsor. Six air mobility companies will participate in the Air Mobility Experience above the Detroit River, in Hart Plaza, and in Huntington Place. Highlights will include electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, amphibious sport planes, hoverbikes, hoverboards, and jet suits. The full schedule will be released soon.
Auto show ticket holders will be able to travel back to the Mesozoic Era at the new Dinosaur and Off-Road Vehicle Encounter. The walk-through experience will present lifelike and lifesize dinosaurs indoors at Huntington Place. Additional tickets will be available for purchase to experience themed activities that include T-Rex ATV rides and Dinosaur Scooters.
Fred Flintstone’s “Flintmobile” and the world’s first electric Monster Truck are also being featured. The show will include a special appearance by the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, and in a nod to Jeep owners, a six-stories-high version of #duckduckjeep.
Claude Molinari, president and CEO of Visit Detroit, says the Auto Show makes a big impact not just on Detroit, but on the surrounding region.
“It draws hundreds of members of the media, and tens of thousands of visitors,” he says. “Traditionally, restaurants have seen some of their best weeks of the year during the show, and Visit Detroit believes that the event has the potential to attract even more visitors from out of town that will stay in hotels and see other attractions while they are in the region.”
And honestly, he notes, it’s just good to have the Auto Show back in the home of the automotive industry.
“The last few months have seen so much energy and vibrancy in our region,” he says, “and having the show back will only continue the momentum.”
Tickets may be purchased online at naias.com. A Family Pass covering two adults and three children is $50. Individual tickets and special rates for children and older adults 65 and older are also available.