DETROIT — The 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is roaring to life this weekend in downtown Detroit, starting this Saturday with The Gallery, a private event featuring fine food and an up-close look at the world’s most exclusive automobiles.
Tickets are $500 per person to join the guest list of movers and shakers attending the event held at the MGM Grand, 1777 Third St. Dinner will be 6:30-9 p.m. followed by the opening of the car salon at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call the ticketing office at 888-838-7500
It is the first of many events scheduled for the annual car extravaganza based at Cobo Center. Other dates include:
AutoMobili-D — Sunday- Thursday, Jan. 8-12, focused on the coming self-driving car industry.
Press Preview — Monday- Tuesday, Jan. 9-10, when media representatives from all over the world get the first look at the latest automotive innovations.
Industry Preview — Wednesday- Thursday, Jan. 11-12, a special day for members of the automotive manufacturing industry.
Charity Preview — Friday, Jan. 13, a black-tie fundraiser to benefit several children’s organizations.
Public Show — Saturday- Sunday, Jan.14-22, the most affordable event when most people go and take their children.
First out of the gate was an announcement Dec. 20 of the winners of the 29th annual poster contest. Open to Michigan students in grades 10 through 12 — the contest drew 890 entries from 70 schools vying for more than $6,000 in cash prizes.
“The work and creativity displayed by these young people is an exciting window into the future as to the talent the automotive design community may one day be the beneficiary of,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman. “The winning posters are examples of what this contest is all about: the creative minds of Michigan’s future and a passion for the industry.”
The grand prize, the Chairmen’s Award of $1,000, was awarded to Justin Choi, a 12th grade student at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills. Choi’s winning poster will be printed in the official NAIAS program, which is available to all auto show attendees.
All finalists posters will be on display from Jan. 14-22 during the public car show or can be viewed online on the NAIAS website at naias.com/ about/public-show/contests/poster-contest/
New at the show this year during preview week will be AutoMobili-D, an exclusive event bringing together industry executives, government officials and thought leaders focused on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape. Michigan is at the forefront of the self-driving car industry. More than 110 speakers representing 100 companies will cover the following five key mobility areas:
Connected Car Technologies
Billed as one of the most exclusive, high profile events in the nation, The Charity Preview event will support services for children of ages from birth to 18. Tickets are $400 per person, of which $390 is tax deductible. The event takes place 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 13. Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $106 million for southeastern Michigan children’s charities – over $41 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone. For more information on Charity Preview, call 888.838.7500.
Also, part of the fun is The Charity Preview after-party taking place at Studio 25 in Cobo Center’s Grand Riverview Ballroom. it will feature music by Your Generation in Concert, gourmet food samples and a bar overlooking the international waterway. The party runs from 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. and tickets are priced at $150 each (a Charity Preview ticket is required). Call 248.643.0250 for more information.
Last but not least is the Public Event when the car show opens to everyone for nine days. Tickets are priced at $13 per person for adults; $7 per person for seniors ages 65 and older and $7 for children 7-12 years old (children 6 and young are admitted free with as parent or guardian.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. More than 750 new vehicles will be on display at the largest and “most prestigious automotive showcase” in North America.