Detroit pushes 2013 auto show date back to avoid conflict

(June 24, 2012) The North American International Auto Show will mark its 24th anniversary as a global event next January, but will start slightly later in the month than it has in recent years. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association provided a peek at the plans for the 2013 show Thursday.

Media days will be Jan. 14 and 15, followed by industry previews Jan. 16 and 17, and the charity preview Jan. 18. The show will open to the public Jan. 19 and run through Jan. 27.

The event, which traces its roots to the first Detroit Auto Show in 1907, was renamed in 1989.

Rod Alberts, executive director of NAIAS, said the DADA recently signed a new five-year deal to stay at Cobo, which is undergoing a $299-million renovation, to be completed by January 2015.

The show, benefiting from unusually balmy weather last January, drew 770,932 public attendees. Manufacturers showed off 42 new vehicles, including 38 global debuts.

The show was bumped back a week for 2013, assuring that it won't conflict with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which often features auto technologies.

As NAIAS officials continue planning the 2013 show, manufacturers annually jockey for position. Alberts offered a brief teaser showing an early version of a floor plan that showed Cadillac separate from General Motors' Chevrolet, Buick and GMC brands.

Source: Detroit Free Press