“The North American International Auto Show 2013 is where the global automotive community comes together to catch up on the latest news and events.” – NAIAS website

The North American International Auto Show, often referred to as NAIAS, began on January 14th, and will end on January 27th. This event is hosted in Detroit, Michigan, and it allows people to preview what the next generation of transportation has to offer! More than 500 vehicles will be on display, and they represent the most innovative designs in the world. NAIAS is home to one of North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcases. For an overview of the show, see: The 2013 Show.

NAIAS Winners

Many new vehicles were revealed at NAIAS, but some were more impressive than others! Derek Kreindler, from The Truth About Cars, talks about the winners, losers, and draws, at NAIAS. According to him, the winners were:

  • Ford: Without a doubt, the big winner at NAIAS is Ford. The F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle, and the Atlas concept is an early preview of what to expect. Sources tell me that the concept was so hush-hush that most employees heard about it only through Ford’s internal news channels or car blogs. The same source claims that while things like wheel-mounted active aero shutters are still in flux, we will see more exotic metals like aluminum and magnesium in play for the next F-Series.
  • Cadillac: The General’s lone bright spot at the show. Cadillac’s ELR is what an advanced hybrid/electric/range extender (whatever you want to call it) vehicle should look like. Power is up, all-electric range is down (due to the 20″ wheels and increased power perhaps?) and if enough celebrities are seen driving it, it could be the next status symbol for those wealthy enough to advocate for green causes. The ATS also won North American Car of the Year. Not my choice, but another trophy for GM’s cabinet.
  • VW/Audi: VW and Audi were mobbed for so long after their press conferences that it was hard to get photos of their debuts (which will come later). Volkswagen debuted a new Crossover concept with three rows of seats, while Audi debuted the SQ5 and the RS7. All of the vehicles on the Audi stand were immensely desirable and made the BMW and Mercedes products look like reasonable facsimiles of desirable luxury vehicles. I am more convinced than ever that Volkswagen Group’s goal of 1 million units in America by 2018 is feasible, and Audi will likely reach their 200,000 unit sales goal as well.

To see the rest of his list, check out the article, “NAIS Winners And Losers.” Take a look at the Audi RS 7 Sportback & Audi SQ5: World Debut video:

NAIAS Charity

Today is the day of the 2013 Charity Preview at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, Michigan. This “black tie” event is from 6pm-9pm and tickets are $300 per person. The Charity Preview is known as one of the most exclusive and high profile events in the nation. The funds that are raised from this event will support services for children of all ages (from birth until age 18), and will help a variety of children’s charities. “Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised over $87 million for southeastern Michigan children’s charities – over $49 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone.” Take a look at the 2012 Charity Preview to see what this event is like:

Hopefully this year’s event goes well!

NAIAS Highlights

There are still plenty of events to look forward to at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. One of these events is a photo contest! On January 22nd, you will have the chance to submit your photos in five different categories. Your work could be chosen to win prizes! For more info, see: Photo Contest. For more things to look forward to at NAIAS, check out the calendar of events! Now..if you need something to hold you over for now, you can always concentrate on what has already happened this year at NAIAS! There are a ton of highlight videos already uploaded on YouTube and you could easily check them out. There is also a virtual photo tour on the NAIAS website. To see some of the hottest reveals at the 2013 North American International Auto Show so far, watch this video:

Hope you thought some of this information useful and entertaining! Keep an eye out for more reveals from the 2013 North American International Auto Show!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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