• Jun 27, 2008
The North American International Auto Show is by far the largest auto show in North America, but the small, aging facility that houses the new car party is prompting automakers to ditch the event all-together. In response to news that Suzuki has joined Porsche in bowing out of the 2009 show, the city of Detroit is rushing a $90M plan to increase floor space by 80,000 sq. ft. The move is seen as a stop-gap measure, with other more grand plans still on the way at a later date. With far superior facilities in New York, Chicago, and LA, Detroit may not have long to act.

For people in the Detroit area, the Cobo expansion has been a hot topic of conversation, but one that typically doesn't get beyond the talking stage. If area executives continue to try to one-up each other, argue and get nothing done, more automakers are likely to bow out in the future.

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe not in square feet but in terms of industry importance its the largest, bigger than Chicago by far. Ask the people who cover auto shows and I would bet 9 out 10 would say the Detroit show is the better of all the U.S. auto shows due to the amount of new launches that take place year after year.

      I understand Detroit is "scary" and some people will never give the show its due but the drop out of Porsche (who really could skip every U.S. auto show and sell as many cars) and Suzuki are hardly point to the end of the Detroit show. I find it intersting that two automakers
      pull out and the sky is falling but the addition of the Chinese automakers that have come the past couple years means nothing, even if the product is pretty bad...for now. The Chinese have brought more cars to
      the show than Suzuki and Porsche EVER did and the don't even sell them here! But they use the most significant auto show in the U.S. to test the waters in a business descion. If L.A. or Chicago were more signifcant or "bigger" I firmly beleive the Chinese automakers would be there instead.

      There is no way Chicago is a "bigger" show except in the size of its exibition space.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chicago is bigger in attendence, show room size, and the number of cars on display.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Downtown Detroit is a very dreadful place...it's Gary, IN but on a much larger scale.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering what the economy has been doing this week, this is a bad time for this to be on the table. Hopefully detroit will have something to show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Go Chi-town!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is so depressing. GM's dying. Cobo's on life support.

        I predict Chicago takes over for Detroit, in so far as it can.

        This is so depressing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I have to agree, Chicago actually holds the largest North American car show, and has been for years and years.

        Detroit may be home for a lot of automakers, but not for the car shows. Chicago owns that title, always will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not being mean to Detroit but maybe they should have thought of that before they let the place lack for so long! Ya know? It's kinda self inflicted! Much like the big three getting their behinds handed to them! Yeah their quality (other than Chrysler) is even with and even above Toyo and Honda but the echo just keeps echoing!

        I really take my hat off to Ford for their unreal quality ratings! Mercury (Ford's brand) is above Honda! Who would imagine!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a bad thing to create jobs and bring back more automakers to the Detroit show?
        • 6 Years Ago
        At one time we were a very industrial nation. GM and Ford are not the only companies that have lost share in their markets over the years, leaving many cities everywhere in a bad spot economically. Having spent a lot of time in upstate NY I understand why there isn't a lot of money floating around to fund this convention center which is not even owned by any of the big 3. Corporate business as usual aside - i'm not sure how much could have been done here. I just hope that Detroit does not become a ghost town like many cities around the nation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The guy who wrote this story doesn't know what he's talking about. The Detroit may be the premier auto show, at least that's what they say, but the Chicago auto show is much larger and has many more cars than Detroit. Chicago consistantly has over 1 million visitors yearly, something that Detroit can't claim and size is no comparison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Detroit is a third world dump. I grew up in another third world dump called Toledo not too far from Detoilet and I have many fond memories of going to the Auto Show. It was the one event that I looked forward to all year long.

      With that being said, the city is a colossal embarrassment to what is still a great auto show. I can't imagine what all the reporters think who are visiting America for the first time and their first impression is the broken down buildings, empty skyscrapers and blight of Detroit. For foreign journalist eager to get their first taste of America they probably would find a parallel experience in Darfur, and better weather.

      As much as I love the Auto Show, Detroit hardly represents the center of the automotive universe anymore, and it's time to move.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't that $90m be put to better use somewhere else in the city?
        • 6 Years Ago
        yes!

        Kwame kilpatrick still has legal bills the city needs to pay!

        the Manoogian mansion needs a new stripper pole too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $1,125 per square foot? Who's getting the kick backs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh who really cares what they do with their tired old convention center, Detroit is so last century.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Detroit AS just doesn't make any sense these days, it just doesn't, simple truth. They charge companies an arm and a leg to participate, they charge foreign companies much more. In return companies get poorly organized space, classless and poor people who get a kick out of stealing shift knobs from cars, and it's just pathetic. I much rather go 250 miles west and attend the Chicago auto show.

      I love cars, extremely passionate about automotive industry as a whole, and yet I just don't any excitement from going to our auto show (yes I'm from suburban Detroit). Never mind the fact that US market is excruciatingly boring anyway. And seeing a locked up Aston Martin DBS from 15 feet away won't get a rise out of me either.

      Certainly there is no need to get into whole debacle about Detroit's slump into an appearance of a 3rd world city, yet it is sad nevertheless. I used to go down there to party on occasion, but not recently when I found out that a bouncer at my favorite venue down there got shot in the leg.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the country and the third in the world.

      The North American International Auto Show usually has the most revealing but that does not make it the biggest.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually Cleveland claims to have the largest Auto Show in north america. Though they are probably talking about floor area which was 1.3M sqft this year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh who really cares what they do with their tired old convention center, Detroit is so last century.
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