Detroit NAIAS news 2010-12-20

NAIAS 2011 Show Dates - Press Preview, January 10-11 - Industry Preview, January 12-13 - Charity Preview, January 14 - Public Show, January 15-23 NAIAS 2011 Promises to Feature The Best-of-the-Best in the Industry The press conference schedule...

NAIAS 2011 Show Dates - Press Preview, January 10-11 - Industry Preview, January 12-13 - Charity Preview, January 14 - Public Show, January 15-23

NAIAS 2011 Promises to Feature The Best-of-the-Best in the Industry

The press conference schedule has been released. Exhibits are taking shape. Media registrations continue to come in from around the globe. In just three short weeks, the NAIAS will reveal some of the most significant and stunning vehicles, 90 percent of which will be worldwide debuts. Uniquely positioned to be four shows in one, the NAIAS features the best-of-the-best in the industry, the Kentucky Derby of motor shows, if you will. Media registrations are up substantially as journalists prepare to cover breaking industry news at Press Preview. Luminaries from business, industry, government and philanthropy are readying themselves for one of the most exclusive, high profile charitable events in the nation, Charity Preview. Automotive professionals are busy registering for Industry Preview, an exclusive opportunity to view up-close-and-personal cutting-edge engineering and technology. Thousands of individuals are waiting for the Public Show to open to see North America's largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

NBC Brings NAIAS to Millions of Potential Car Buyers

NBC Sports will once again bring the excitement of the NAIAS into millions of homes when it broadcasts its "International Auto Show" special on Sunday, Jan. 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. Sandwiched between two weekends with blockbuster viewing audiences (the NFL Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl), the NBC auto show special is expected to attract an unmatched audience of auto enthusiasts and new car prospects. The broadcast will include an up-close and personal look at some of the world's hottest and most fascinating vehicles on display at NAIAS. The 2011 show marks NBC Sports' 8th broadcast of the "International Auto Show" special.

NACTOY Selects 2011 Finalists

Forty-nine automotive journalists have selected the Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Leaf as the three finalists for the 2011 North American Car of the Year; and the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee for finalists for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. The winners will be announced on Jan. 10 at an 8 a.m. news conference at the NAIAS. Visit here to learn more about the NACTOY awards.

Michelin Media Center: The Connection for NAIAS

Now in its 23rd year at the NAIAS, the Michelin Media Center (Rooms O3-45/46 and M3-31/32) will reinforce its standing as the premier automotive press facility by expanding its footprint, seating capacity and connectivity in 2011. By far the largest (22,000 square feet) and most powerful media center network at any motor show, the Michelin Media Center features a large, hard-wired, high-speed fiber optic network designed to simultaneously support 800 media. With the increasing use of streaming video and large photo files, the Michelin Media Center has further refined its connectivity infrastructure to support a projected 30-percent jump in bandwidth demand at NAIAS 2011. The NAIAS Photo Center, too, has been expanded and will include a new, dedicated entrance for photographers.

NAIAS Synonymous with Design

NAIAS 2011 will be the world stage for some of the industry's most trend-setting vehicle designs and the backdrop for a host of influential international design programs. A sampling include: Designers' Night, a private event that brings together automotive designers from all over the world to experience an evening of Detroit jazz and an impressive collection of fine automotive art; EyesOn Design Awards, international design awards to honor and recognize the most significant automotive designs at NAIAS; Michelin Challenge Design, the prestigious global vehicle design competition that culminates at NAIAS, and AutoWeek Design Forum, an opportunity for automotive and design enthusiasts to learn more about the field from design notables, followed by a tour of NAIAS.

SAA Conference Features Top Industry Officials

Top-level speakers such as Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas; Steve Carlisle, GM's vice president of global product planning; and Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, chief economist at Ford, will share their insights with attendees at the upcoming Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) 23rd Annual Automotive Outlook Conference. Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 9., the conference, entitled "New Opportunities, New Challenges, New Insights," will take place on the eve of the opening of the NAIAS and will feature presentations by top industry analysts and high-level OEM executives. Visit here to register for the SAA conference.

Momentum Builds for Smarter Living In Michigan

Since we first reported on "Smarter Living In Michigan," an impressive list of companies has signed up to showcase their products and technology as part of this interactive exhibition presented by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with consulting support provided by DTE Energy. Located in Michigan Hall (Visit here for floor plan), the exhibit will highlight environmentally friendly developments in the global auto community, as well as examples of eco-friendly living that goes beyond the industry. Some technologies to be showcased include solar cars, rolling chassis, transit connect, charging stations, batteries and alternative energies. The NAIAS has been an enthusiastic supporter of alternative energy technology, allocating major portions of the show floor to "green" exhibits for the past few years.

Powerful Fuel, Promising Future

Carrying the "green" theme of "Smarter Living In Michigan" one step further will be the National Biodiesel Board's enlightening and interactive 90-minute biodiesel symposium during Industry Preview on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Media and industry representatives are invited to join the CEO and technical director of the board at the "Smarter Living In Michigan" exhibit as they discuss the latest industry, technical and legislative updates shaping the biodiesel industry today and on into the future. Several of the nation's leading automakers will share their thoughts on why they support biodiesel use in their vehicles and how this approach is benefitting their customers and the environment. For additional information, contact 734.904.3822.

Show Pavilions Offer a Bird's Eye View

All-new NAIAS Hospitality Pavilions offer companies an unmatched view of the NAIAS show floor. Perfect for conducting business or hosting hospitality events, the spacious second-level pavilions (Visit here for pavilion locations) are available for use throughout the show. Comcast and Harman are just two companies using the pavilions as the hub for their NAIAS activities. If you have any interest in utilizing one of the NAIAS Hospitality Pavilions, contact either 248.458.1110 (for OEMs) or 248.593.9740 (for non-OEMs).

Detroit Legends Set to Perform at Charity Preview

Legendary hometown band, The Rockets, will rock the Charity Preview gala on Friday, Jan. 14. A Detroit favorite with national ties, The Rockets are coming off a blockbuster year that featured a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Detroit Music Awards, an electric opening performance for the J. Geils Band this summer and a triumphant headline concert in Detroit last month. Formed in 1972 by former Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels bandmates, guitarist Jimmy McCarty and drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, The Rockets rock n' roll journey earned them solid credibility in the music industry as a roof-raising live band. Visit here to purchase tickets to Charity Preview.

TVS Broadcast Center Delivers Your Message to the World

Celebrating its 10th year as the official NAIAS production provider and broadcast center manager, TVS Communication Solutions will support the media, manufacturer PR and marketing departments and exhibit houses in efficiently capturing, creating and delivering NAIAS content to both national and global audiences. Located onsite (Room D3-28), the state-of-the-art TVS Broadcast Center houses all the resources necessary to create and broadcast messages traditionally or over the web. Visit here for more information about TVS services such as live webcasting, satellite transmission, live feeds from the exhibit floor, video or audio production, duplication support and more.

X PRIZE Shows Off Million Dollar Winners at NAIAS

NAIAS will be the first auto show to feature winning vehicles from the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition. After nearly 30 months of vehicle and business plan development, on-track testing and laboratory verification, the three winning cars and teams were recently announced: the Edison2 "Very Light Car #98" of Lynchburg, Va.; X-Tracer Team Switzerland "E-Tracer #79" of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corp. "Wave II" of Mooresville, N.C. The contest was held to inspire a new generation of viable, safe and super fuel-efficient vehicles. The winners emerged from a field of 111 teams and 136 vehicle entries.

X PRIZE is known worldwide as an organization that brings about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity through incentive prizes.

Around-the-World Trek Stops at NAIAS

Danish writers and adventurers Nina Rasmussen and Hjalte Tin and their Nissan Qashqai Electric conversion model are traveling around the world and will make their only U.S. auto show stop at NAIAS. The couple began the "Moto Mundo World Electric Tour" in Copenhagen in June 2010, and then traveled through Scandinavia, Russia, Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, China and now, the U.S. "The absolute highlight will be visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit," notes a statement issued by the Danish couple. Their trip will finish in Denmark on May 1, 2011. Supported by the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, the around-the-world initiative is "the ultimate test of electric car range, durability and performance," notes the Moto Mundo website.

2011 Calendar of Events

Here's an at-a-glance look at all that's happening during NAIAS 2011 (as of December 17, 2010).

Society of Automotive Analysts 23rd Annual Automotive Outlook Conference Sunday, January 9

15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Sunday, January 9

Press Preview Monday, January 10 - Tuesday, January 11

North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year Awards Monday, January 10

Automotive News World Congress Tuesday, January 11 - Thursday, January 13

EyesOn Design Awards at NAIAS Tuesday, January 11

China Business Update (CBU) China Automotive Review (CAR) 4th Annual Seminar Wednesday, January 12

National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel Symposium Wednesday, January 12

Industry Preview Wednesday, January 12 - Thursday, January 13

Real Times Media Wednesday, January 12

Multicultural Media Luncheon Thursday, January 13

Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast Thursday, January 13

AutoWeek Design Forum Thursday, January 13

Charity Preview Friday, January 14

NAIAS Education Day: A World of Opportunities Wednesday, January 19

About the North American International Auto Show Entering its 23rd year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.

-source: naias

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