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Guide to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

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One of Detroit's biggest tourist attractions and winter distractions is the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). In previous years, the Detroit Auto Show was filled with pomp and pageantry, including a cattle drive down Jefferson Avenue. In 2009, the economy in general and Detroit's auto industry in particular forced the show to scale back slightly; but the 2014 Detroit Auto Show looks poised to shock and awe.

Photos: Debuts and Cool Cars at the 2014 NAIAS

2015 SRT Viper
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Look for a focus on "excitement" in the many new model and concept cars that debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Also look for more interior gadgetry, lighter bodies and solar power. Here are just a few photo highlights of the new model and concept cars as they debut.

Photo Highlights of Concept Cars at 2014 NAIAS

Volvo XC Concept Car
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Concept cars are exhibited as a means of getting feedback on new ideas and designs, but not necessarily the ones described or touted as part of the display. Per usual, the 2014 Detroit Auto Show provides plenty of concept cars to give guests a glimpse of the future.

Schedule, Events and Unique Distinction, 2014

First Generation Corvette - Photo of First Generation Corvette at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
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The public show of the North American International Auto Show ("NAIAS") runs from January 18th to the 26th. (Schedule and Information). Aside from being the city's biggest event, the NAIAS distinguishes itself in several ways: the Detroit Auto Show holds a coveted international certification; provides an unprecedented level of international media exposure; and hosts several unique exhibits, displays and events. (Uniquely NAIAS).

Detroit Visitors Guide

The "Spirit of Detroit" and Renaissance Center
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The Detroit Visitors Guide includes general information about downtown Detroit, including things to do, restaurants, hotels and how to navigation within the city.

Facts, Trivia and History About the Detroit Auto Show

Show floor at NAIAS, 2008
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The Detroit Auto Show has been held at Cobo Center since 1961, but its long history goes back much further and involves bicycles, beer gardens and dance halls.

How does the NAIAS compare to other auto shows around the country?

Debut at NAIAS, 2008
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The Detroit Auto Show has evolved significantly over the last 100 years, but how does the Motor City version compare to those other auto shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles?

Reminisce: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota Furia Concept Car at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
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The 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be remembered for its focus on "driving performance." Design trends included a lower, wider base and improvements in the driver's cockpit. These trends not withstanding, some cars just stood out while walking amidst the hundreds of models displayed.

Concept Cars

Reminisce: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

BMW i8 Concept Sportscar at the Detroit Auto Show, 2012
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The 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be remembered for its panoramic moon roofs, plethora of battery-powered cars and Jon Lovitz. These trends not withstanding, some cars just stood out while walking amidst the hundreds of models displayed.

Reminisce: 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Porsche 918 RSR, a race-bred version of the Spyder 918 Concept
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In 2012, the Detroit Auto Show (aka North American International Auto Show) returned with more glitz, glamour, optimism and...Porsche?

Reminisce: 2010 Detroit Auto Show

GMC Granite Concept at the 2010 NAIAS
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The North American International Auto Show was set to impress in 2010 with several new models, concept cars, old favorites and interactive displays.

Reminisce: 2009 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen's BlueSport Concept Roadster at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show
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While the show had less glitz in 2009 than previous years, organizers and participating automakers generated momentum through debuts, eye-catching models and a commitment to the words "hybrid" and "electric."

Reminisce: 2008 Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler's Green-Friendly Concept Cars at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show
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Photo Tours from the 2008 North American International Auto Show, including must sees, highlights and new models.

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