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Jan 2018
Jan 2018


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NAIAS - North American International Auto Show






Event Overview:


Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.


2018 marks the twelfth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event, The Gallery. This event has now become the official kick-off to the North American International Auto Show. New for 2018, The Gallery will be back at Cobo Center in the breathtaking atrium overlooking the international waterway. Guests will experience a nearly $10 million collection of the most acclaimed automobiles the world has to offer, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls Royce, to name just a few.


Automobili-D is a dedicated 150,000 sq. ft. exposition focused on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape. The inaugural launch of AutoMobili-D in 2017 featured more than 180 brands, ranging from automakers, to suppliers, to tech startups as well as universities and government organizations. From John Krafcik debuting the fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica, to Carlos Ghosn providing insights into Nissan’s plans for a connected future, to Julia Steyn on Maven’s outlook on urban mobility as a “service,” these great industry leaders and many others took the stage and delivered more than 40 hours of mobility-focused announcements and discussions.
For 2018, AutoMobili-D, will remain open throughout the first weekend of Public Show (Jan. 20-21) for the 2018 auto show to connect people interested in working in all aspects of the auto industry with companies at the first Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE). The event, a partnership with NAIAS and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will allow participating AutoMobili-D companies the opportunity to interact face-to-face with qualified candidates and fill needed positions across a wide array of disciplines.

AutoMobili-D will kick-off on Sunday, January 14, 2018, with press conferences and keynote addresses. In addition, NAIAS will dedicate specific press conference slots for participating AutoMobili-D companies on the afternoons of both Press Days and panel discussions and presentations will occur during Industry Preview days.
Planet M Hall will be open:

Sunday, January 14, 2018
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday, January 15 – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17 – Thursday, January 18, 2018
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, January 19, 2018
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Public Show Dates & Times:

Early access for handicapped individuals 8 a.m. each day
Enter at the Hall C Entrance only

Saturday, January 20 - Saturday, January 27, 2018
9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 28, 2018
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Keynote Speakers

John Chen

Executive Chairman & CEO


Chen’s keynote will address BlackBerry’s transformation into a world leader in cybersecurity solutions and why the company is one of the most trusted partners in the automotive industry.  Chen will also unveil a BlackBerry product that will help to shape and secure the future of connected and self-driving cars.

Elaine L. Chao

U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Secretary Elaine L. Chao is currently the U. S. Secretary of Transportation. This is her second cabinet position. She served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-January 2009, and is the first Asian American woman to be appointed to the President’s cabinet in American history.

Secretary Chao comes to the U.S. Department of Transportation with extensive experience in the transportation sector. Early in her career, she specialized in transportation financing in the private sector. She began her executive career in public service working on transportation and trade issues at the White House. She then served as Deputy Maritime Administrator, U. S. Department of Transportation; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; and, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Secretary Chao understands the critical role of the Department in ensuring the safety of our country’s transportation systems.  She is also keenly aware of the key role infrastructure plays in our nation’s economic competitiveness, and in strengthening economic growth in both the urban and rural areas of our country.

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College.  Honored for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees.

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