If you’re coming from Macomb County to visit this year’s North American International Auto Show, take pride. More than 500 Macomb County businesses produce things on display at the show. The manufacturing prowess is a result of more than 37,000 jobs in the county. Each year Macomb exports more than $41 billion dollars in manufactured automotive goods.
There is big buzz in downtown Detroit for this year’s North American International Auto Show, and rightfully so. The show is bigger and better than ever. This year, more than 500 cars will be on display, including 50 brand new vehicle introductions. Whether you’re in the market for a new car, looking for a big party, or just want to see our manufacturing talent on display, there is something for everyone at this year’s show.
Cobo Hall is one of Detroit’s regionally supported jewels. The new great room, ballrooms along the Detroit River and entrances from Jefferson all enhance the venue. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth checking out.
The finishing touches are being put on the nearly $300 million renovations at Cobo Hall and more than $350 million has been invested on setting up for the event itself. The more than 800,000 projected to attend during the public show will get to see stunning cars in a world-class convention facility.
More than 5,000 journalists from 60 countries all over the globe came to town to cover everything that’s going on here, both cars and city. Attending the media preview days showed how attitudes are changing about our city and region. The NAIAS and its partners have done an excellent job to make sure our visitors got a first class experience during their time here. Cadillac and Uber teamed up to offer free rides in brand new luxury sedans to anyone downtown for the week, new hotels Crown Plaza and Aloft welcomed guests and a much spruced up downtown welcomed visitors from all over.
This year’s show promises our visitors an increasingly positive experience from years’ past. The industry and Big 3 are enjoying strong growth, profitability, adding jobs, and making their best products ever. With many great new places to eat downtown (Wright & Co., London Chop House, Joe Muer Seafood, Selden Standard, Gold Cash Gold) complimenting longtime staples (Andiamo, Roma Café, Cliff Bells). You might even make a stop on the people mover before you get to the parking lot.
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