NAIAS Connect - January 2013
  Welcome to NAIAS Connect, your e-news connection to NAIAS 2013 and your link to some of the latest news, highlights and happenings surrounding the show.

IN THIS ISSUE:
NAIAS 2013 Readies for 50+ Vehicle Unveilings!
Michelin Announces Improved Online Resource for Media
Stay Connected to the Show with Official NAIAS 2013 App
NACTOY Prepares to Name 2013 Award Winners at NAIAS
Autoline Hosts Supplier Symposium During Industry Preview
Global Automotive Forum Comes to Detroit on Jan. 13
VIA Motors Brings Aerial Performances by Duo de Luna to NAIAS
Bond Movie Cars Set to Make Appearance at NAIAS
HISTORY’s® Counting Cars TV Series to Visit NAIAS
Charity Preview Captures Detroit’s Giving Spirit
NAIAS Holds “Warming Hands & Homes” Initiative
“Big Four” Takes to DEC Stage
NAIAS Parades Return; Charity Preview Parade Planned
Detroit’s Very Own Tigers Set to Visit NAIAS on Jan. 25
“Opportunity Detroit” Heralds “Best of Detroit” at NAIAS
NAIAS Education Day Focuses on STEAM
  2013 Show Dates - Press Preview, January 14-15 - Industry Preview, January 16-17 - Charity Preview, January 18 - Public Show, January 19-27  
 

NAIAS Prepares to Welcome the World to Detroit

NAIAS 2013 Readies for 50+ Vehicle Unveilings!

Global automakers have saved their best for NAIAS 2013, and in less than one week the wraps will be taken off some of the world’s most spectacular vehicles. In fact, you’re only days away from experiencing more than 50 worldwide and North American unveilings, 40 of which have never been seen before. Anywhere. You will experience a press conference schedule that features nearly 40 official events and a floor plan that reflects the positive changes occurring in our industry. You will see an ever-expanding Cobo Center with the addition of a new three-story glass atrium. And, you will have unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter the most. We are excited to have you here in Detroit, and we look forward to welcoming you back to one of the top motors shows in the world.

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Special Media Preview Announced for The Gallery


 
Michelin Announces Improved Online Resource for Media

Michelin will help journalists supplement their NAIAS news coverage with an enhanced site for photos and videos from the showroom floor. Beginning Monday, Jan. 14, media will be able to look to live.michelinmedia.com as a resource for hundreds of high-resolution photos and videos taken from unveilings during Press Preview. Media can simply visit live.michelinmedia.com to download or share content. All media is free and permissible under a Creative Commons license. The site will feature: live unveilings schedule; photos of all unveilings; 360-degree videos of select unveilings; Twitter feed from auto journalists; press conference schedule; and Michelin online newsroom.

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Stay Connected to the Show with Official NAIAS 2013 App

By the time the show opens its doors, there will be a whole new “go-to” resource for everyone in, at and around the NAIAS -- the Official NAIAS 2013 Mobile App, presented by WDIV-TV Local 4/ClickOnDetroit.com and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA). Developed for both Android and iPhone platforms, the NAIAS Mobile App has everything necessary to stay informed about the show. From the latest breaking automotive news, photos and videos to livestream video coverage of new vehicle and concept car unveilings, the NAIAS App has it all. In addition, it features Official Twitter streams for trending topics from #NAIAS, a virtual map of the show floor, information about ticket sales and even local restaurant guides and weather reports. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play market for Android to download this free app.

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NACTOY Prepares to Name 2013 Award Winners at NAIAS

In just a few short days, two of the most prestigious vehicle awards in the industry will be announced. The North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year will be revealed on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:15 a.m. at a press conference in the new Cobo Center Atrium. Last month, a group of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States selected the Cadillac ATS, the Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord as the finalists for the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5 and Ram 1500 are the finalists for the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

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Autoline Hosts Supplier Symposium During Industry Preview

Adding to the list of important industry events held in conjunction with the NAIAS will be Autoline’s Supplier Symposium scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Cobo Center. The first-ever event will be held in the Chrysler display and will feature an exciting presentation spotlighting some of the major issues facing the automotive supplier community. John McElroy, host of “Autoline” and WWJ commentator, will lead several panel discussions with senior executives from suppliers, OEMs and the state of Michigan. Industry Preview attendees are welcome to stop by the Chrysler display and listen to the panel discussions. “Autoline” and other media websites will carry a live webcast of the proceedings. The entire program can be viewed at www.Autoline.tv. For additional information on NAIAS Industry Preview, click here.

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Global Automotive Forum Comes to Detroit on Jan. 13

Top executives from Chinese and U.S. OEMs, auto parts suppliers, technical experts, financial consultants and other leading experts in the automotive sector will come together the day before Press Preview at the Global Automotive Forum Sino-U.S. Dialogue & Global Automotive Experts and Executives Forum. Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2:30-6:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, the forum will feature the theme, “Synergy: Propel the auto industry into prosperity.” The program is designed to promote the exchange of ideas on issues of common concern to the future of the Sino and U.S. auto industries, with the objective of building a platform of communication between the two. The forum is bilingual and simultaneous translation will be provided in Chinese and English. The event is being organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Automotive Sub-Council, auto.163.com and the Tech Council International of the Detroit Chinese Engineers Association (DCEA). For more information, visit www.ga-forum.org/en or contact haojiangli@auto-ccpit.org or zifengnie@sbcglobal.net.

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VIA Motors Brings Aerial Performances by Duo de Luna to NAIAS

Electric vehicle development and manufacturing company VIA Motors will captivate audiences during Press Preview with the introduction of the world’s first full-size electric SUV and 800 hp electric X-Truck and with the electrifying trapeze symmetry of Cameron and Marina as Duo de Luna. The beautifully balanced double aerial trapeze act, which has thrilled audiences in the U.S. and Europe, will be performed at three shows daily during Press Preview. The aerial act’s most elaborate show will be held at VIA Motors’ press conference on Monday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. within their main show floor display area. Duo de Luna will also perform once at Industry Preview on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Comcast’s main show floor display area and three times during Charity Preview on Friday, Jan. 18 in a central location on the show floor. Comcast Business Class and the NAIAS are sponsors of these additional preview week performances.

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Bond Movie Cars Set to Make Appearance at NAIAS

“Bond. James Bond.” Those famous words will be uttered plenty at the upcoming NAIAS. Covisint, a Compuware company, is bringing the world-famous 1964 James Bond car, an Aston Martin DB5, to the NAIAS during preview week. Visitors to Covisint’s display in the Cobo Center concourse can have their photo taken with a “Bond Girl” and the iconic Bond car. The DB5 co-starred with Sean Connery in the movie “Goldfinger” and appears now in the newest James Bond film “Skyfall” with Daniel Craig. The DB5’s in-car phone and futuristic GPS mapping device made James Bond the world’s first connected driver. In keeping with this theme, Covisint will be showcasing the future of vehicle connectivity. Aisin will be exhibiting a 1967 Toyota 2000 GT like the one featured in the 1967 James Bond film “You Only Live Twice.” Now modified and dubbed the “Crazy Car,” the vehicle runs on solar power at speeds of 120 mph utilizing Aisin’s electric drive motors. The car will be displayed adjacent to the Aisin Drive Green Experience in Michigan Hall.

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HISTORY’s® Counting Cars TV Series to Visit NAIAS

“Counting Cars,” HISTORY’s hit show, and two of its stars, Danny “The Count” Koker and Kevin Mack, will pay a visit to the upcoming NAIAS, bringing with them their passion for classic American muscle cars. “The Count” and Mack will be onsite at the NAIAS on Tuesday, Jan. 15, touring the show and attending a private event. The HISTORY exhibit, complete with an impressive video wall, will be located in the concourse of Cobo Center and will feature episode clips from the popular show that “walks, talks and breathes classic American muscle cars.” Auto show attendees visiting the booth will have a chance to win tickets and a travel voucher to attend the HISTORY 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend.

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Charity Preview Captures Detroit’s Giving Spirit

Detroit’s giving spirit continues as momentum builds for Charity Preview night, Friday, Jan. 18, at the NAIAS. Tickets sales are up, and officials expect $4 million will be raised for children’s charities at this year’s event. Making an appearance at Charity Preview will be an actress who is synonymous with the giving spirit: Erin Cummings, the founder of Mittens for Detroit (see below), a community initiative whose sole purpose is to collect and distribute new gloves and mittens to children and adults in Detroit. Cummings has appeared in a number of films and on television, including the TV series “Detroit 1-8-7.” Covering all the excitement of the evening will be WXYZ-TV Channel 7, the Official Television Partner of NAIAS Charity Preview. Charter One, part of the RBS group, is the presenting sponsor of Charity Preview.

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NAIAS Holds “Warming Hands & Homes” Initiative

Auto show visitors will be able to add a little warmth to Detroit-area residents this year through the show’s three-day “Warming Hands & Homes” initiative. The NAIAS, in partnership with Mittens for Detroit and The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), will be asking auto show visitors to bring a pair of new gloves or mittens or spare change to donate during the final weekend of the NAIAS, from Friday, Jan. 25 - Sunday, Jan. 27. Specially marked Mittens for Detroit and THAW contribution boxes will be located at the front entrances of NAIAS to collect the gloves, mittens and monetary contributions. Mittens for Detroit is the brainchild of actress Erin Cummings, who started the community initiative in November 2010. Cummings will be at the NAIAS to support the “Warming Hands & Homes” initiative on Friday, Jan. 25, from 4 - 6 p.m. and Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m., signing autographs and participating in the NAIAS daily parades. THAW was established in 1985 to help low-income individuals facing an energy crisis. Listen to WWJ Newsradio 950 for more information about NAIAS’ “Warming Hands & Homes” initiative.

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“Big Four” Takes to DEC Stage

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, along with CBS 62 Detroit, will again present the headline-grabbing “Big Four” event featuring Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. Moderator for the event will be Carol Cain, Emmy-winning senior producer and host of CBS 62 Detroit’s “Michigan Matters” and Detroit Free Press columnist. The DEC meeting will be held live inside the NAIAS on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Cobo Center. The program will be taped for broadcast on “Michigan Matters” to air Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. on CBS 62. For more information and tickets, click here.

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NAIAS Parades Return; Charity Preview Parade Planned

NAIAS parades - held right on the main show floor -- will entertain show-goers again this year, with the addition of a first-time-ever parade planned for Charity Preview night at 7 p.m. Attendees at the Jan. 18 black-tie preview will enjoy the entertaining precision of Fred Hill’s Briefcase Drill Team, as well as a parade of vehicles and local celebrities and athletes. During the Public Show, the parades will also add to the family fun, with two parades daily at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (through Jan. 26). Each parade will feature special surprises from The Parade Company, organizers of America’s Thanksgiving Parade, as well as local personalities from television, radio and sports in addition to ultra-luxury vehicles, such as Bentley and Aston Martin.

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Detroit’s Very Own Tigers Set to Visit NAIAS on Jan. 25

Fans of the American League Champion Detroit Tigers will have the chance to see some of their favorite players and even Tigers’ mascot PAWS during the team’s stop at the NAIAS on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11:45 a.m. Part of the Tigers’ annual Winter Caravan, the visit to the NAIAS will include Tigers’ participation in a special parade on the main show floor and an interactive Q & A session at the General Motors display. Detroit Tigers scheduled to appear (subject to change) include: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Phil Coke and Torii Hunter. Rod Allen from “FOX Sports Detroit” is also expected to be there.

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“Opportunity Detroit” Heralds “Best of Detroit” at NAIAS

“Opportunity is molded, built and created. From manufacturing and design to new businesses choosing to locate here, Detroit offers the full spectrum of Opportunity.” This is the theme of an exciting new “Opportunity Detroit” branding campaign that will be making itself increasingly known in the coming days, including at the NAIAS. Created by Rock Ventures LLC as a way to promote the revitalization of Detroit, “Opportunity Detroit” will have a presence at the show in the form of large-scale wall graphics - showcasing the best of Detroit - in high-visibility areas such as the new Cobo Atrium, the outside walls of the media center and at the entrance of Michigan Hall. “Opportunity Detroit” will also air a 60-second TV spot at Charity Preview, just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will have an ad in the official Auto Show Program. Visit www.OpportunityDetroit.com to learn more about this new Detroit campaign.

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NAIAS Education Day Focuses on STEAM

Now in its eighth year, NAIAS Education Day will add a new component to its growing agenda: student workshops for high school students focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education. Set for Wednesday, Jan. 23, Education Day is designed to promote students’ interest in the vibrancy of today’s auto industry. The event is open to students of all ages, including college level. The U.S. Army Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion, the National Defense Education Program and STARBASE One will host the student STEAM workshops. Other companies involved include Automation Alley, Ally Bank and The PNC Foundation, which specializes in early childhood education. For more information, or to register a school to participate, click here.

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2011 Sponsors
 
NAIAS Greets New Sponsors

NAIAS is pleased to welcome seven new sponsors to the 2013 show. Companies showcasing displays include: Aisin, Title Sponsor of the Aisin Drive Green Experience, and Covisint, which will have a concourse display. New hospitality sponsors include: Gas Station TV, HAP and IBM. Pandora is joining the show as the Official Music Provider, offering music in the new Cobo Atrium.


NAIAS 2013 Announces Premier Sponsors

NAIAS is pleased to welcome its Premier Sponsors, the highest level of affiliation with the show. Premier Sponsors participate with NAIAS in a number of significant ways, including hosting events and displays and providing exceptional promotional support.

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About the North American International Auto Show
Entering its 25th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.



 
NAIAS 2013 Committee
James Seavitt, Chairman
Robert Shuman, Vice Chairman
Scott LaRiche, Committee Member
Paul Sabatini, Committee Member
Rod Alberts, Executive Director
 
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NAIAS 2013 Show Dates
Press Preview - Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 14-15, 2013
Industry Preview - Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 16-17, 2013
Charity Preview - Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Public Show - Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-27, 2013
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