Eyes will be on the Motor City Monday as the auto industry, media and car lovers come together for the Detroit auto show. On the first day of the 2013 North American International Auto Show, brands including Chevrolet, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Maserati have announcements planned for the long day at COBO Center.
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Onlookers will get a peek at new models and concept cars that aren't yet ready to roll off the assembly line. Reveals include the Lincoln MKC concept, the Bentley GT Speed convertible, the BMW 4-Series concept, the Cadillac ELR and more. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated car, Chevrolet's C7 Corvette, was unveiled Sunday before the official start of the auto show.
While Infiniti's Q50 isn't one of the more buzzed about cars set to be revealed Monday, it may be one of the bigger spectacles. The company will use Cirque du Soleil performers to introduce its newest model. Good thing there will be entertainment value, because photos of the new car have already leaked, according to Jalopnik.
According to organizers, the auto show funneled more than $350 million into the Metro Detroit economy last year. More than 770,000 visitiors attended NAIAS in 2012, one of 65 shows held in the U.S., according to the Associated Press:
Detroit is one of 65 shows that will be held in the U.S. this year, from a tiny one in Toledo to New York and Chicago gatherings that attract more than 1 million visitors each year. Detroit has been holding an auto show almost continuously since the early 1900s, when local dealers lined up a handful of cars alongside fishing and hunting gear.
More than half of visitors at the Detroit show are shopping for a new car, according to informal polls. And with car sales stronger than they've been in five years, attendance at NAIAS and other shows could be higher in 2013, after slipping during the recession. Car sales rose 13 percent to 14.5 million last year and could reach 15 million in 2013.
More than 6,000 journalists are expected to attend the two day media preview of the auto show. The show will be open to the public from Jan. 19 to 27. The North American International Auto Show's website has more information, and we've compiled a guide of the best things to do around Detroit if you're in town for the event.
See below for live updates and photos from the auto show throughout the day.
01/15/2013 4:56 PM EST
Have FUN. Tonight
Auto show journos and industry types will be headed to the Fillmore Detroit tonight. FUN. will open for Counting Crows at an invite-only party hosted by Cars.com.
Are you going? Tweet your pics to @HuffPostDetroit .. and hopefully we see you there!
01/15/2013 4:44 PM EST
@ NathanBomey :
BREAKING: GM projects profit will rise "modestly" in 2013 as new products hit showrooms and European losses start to fall. #NAIAS
01/15/2013 4:43 PM EST
@ DetroitUnspun :
#Detroit designed Corvette Stingray: “We can take on the world and win.” http://t.co/IabsjSxg #NAIAS
01/15/2013 4:42 PM EST
Chrysler Seals The Deal With Chinese Automakers
Chrysler, Fiat and a Chinese automaker will be building Jeeps in China.
But hold on there, Mitt Romney.. representatives from both Chrysler and Fiat (which owns Chrysler) say that the deal inked with Guangzhou Automobile Group and announced at today's NAIAS 2013 will only produce Jeeps for the Chinese auto market.
Jeep already sells several models in China, including the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass, but they are imported. Jeep has said volume would be incremental to start.
"This agreement is another milestone of our partnership with Fiat and Chrysler Group," Zeng Qinghong, general manager of GAC Group, said in a statement. "It definitely creates the basis for our JV to reach very ambitious objectives in Chinese market."
Guangzhou Automobile Group President Xiangdong Huang talks with reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
01/15/2013 4:31 PM EST
@ MichelinMedia :
Check out this sweeping 360 degree video tour of the latest and greatest from #Corvette #stingray #NAIAS http://t.co/q80ferXk
01/15/2013 4:31 PM EST
Kia Saves The Day
We're not sure these "heromobiles" from Kia will ever be for sale, but massive props to whoever dreamed up the Green Lantern-themed Kia Soul and the Batman-inspired blacked-out Optima on display in Detroit, as chronicled on the New York Times' Wheels blog.
The Justice League-styled Kias were made in collaboration with DC Comics to raise awareness for its “We Can Be Heroes” campaign, a relief effort to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa.
The two noble automobiles are part of Kia's comic-inspired dream team, which also includes detailed designs for the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman in you.
More pics available at the Kia Motors global site. Photos from Kia Buzz.
01/15/2013 4:08 PM EST
@ FIATUSA :
Last day of the #NAIAS Preview- it was fun but, now it's time to bring #FIAT style & ingenuity to the people! Retweet if you'll be there
01/15/2013 3:38 PM EST
@ imnewjack :
These heels ain't made for walkin'. #naias #detroit #detroitautoshow http://t.co/YmxMkv1U
01/15/2013 3:37 PM EST
And The Award Goes To..
In case you were wondering, one automaker impressed DallasNews.com with its speaker system so loud it rustled his pants. Sounds like an average Saturday night.
Toyota may have the best sound system at the Detroit show. When the music got cranked up for the introduction of the Furia concept car, the bass pouring out of the speakers was so strong it appeared to be rustling the legs on my jeans. I am pretty sure I was not dancing, but, then, I’m over 60. Anything’s possible.
01/15/2013 3:17 PM EST
We're not sure about that moniker, but the Shelby Focus ST four-cylinder, four-door compact car sounds pretty nifty.
Reports MLive: "'It's something small with big power,' teased Shelby American President John Luft."