NAIAS 2018

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Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

2018 marks the twelfth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event, The Gallery. This event has now become the official kick-off to the North American International Auto Show. New for 2018, The Gallery returns to the Cobo Center in the breathtaking atrium overlooking the international waterway. Guests experienced a nearly US$10 million collection of the most acclaimed automobiles the world has to offer, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls Royce, to name just a few.

Automobili-D was a dedicated 150,000 sq. ft. exposition focused on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape. From John Krafcik debuting the fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica, to Carlos Ghosn providing insights into Nissan’s plans for a connected future, to Julia Steyn on Maven’s outlook on urban mobility as a “service,” these great industry leaders and many others took the stage and delivered more than 40 hours of mobility-focused announcements and discussions.

For 2018, AutoMobili-D remained open throughout the first weekend of Public Show (Jan. 20-21) for the 2018 auto show to connect people interested in working in all aspects of the auto industry with companies at the first Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE). The event, a partnership with NAIAS and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, allowed participating AutoMobili-D companies the opportunity to interact face-to-face with qualified candidates and fill needed positions across a wide array of disciplines.

In addition, NAIAS dedicated specific press conference slots for participating AutoMobili-D companies on the afternoons of both Press Days and panel discussions and presentations will occur during Industry Preview days.

The heart of the Motor City and the soul of Motown took center stage as nearly $5.1M was raised for children’s charities at the 2018 North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) Charity Preview at Cobo Center. In all, over 13,000 people attended the black-tie gala, recognized as the largest annual single-night fundraiser in the world. The event directly benefits a wide range of children’s charities, helping to fund services for children of all ages from birth to 18.

The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and the Lincoln Navigator were crowned as the winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards at the North American International Auto Show.

The awards are among the most prestigious in the industry because they are chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online and broadcast media across the United States and Canada. Votes were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained sealed until they were announced today by NACTOY officers, President Mark Phelan, Vice President Matt DeLorenzo and Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix at Cobo Center in Detroit.

2018 Industry Preview – January 18th

Chosen from dozens of new vehicles, jurors evaluated the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The process started in June 2017 by determining vehicle eligibility and includes three rounds of voting. Now in their 24th year, the awards are unique because they are awarded a group of dozens of respected automotive journals instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station.

Winners were chosen from the following nine finalists:

Car of the Year
Honda Accord
Kia Stinger
Toyota Camry

Utility Vehicle of the Year
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Honda Odyssey
Volvo XC60

Truck of the Year
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Ford Expedition
Lincoln Navigator

Photos: NAIAS

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