• Sep 19, 2009
The 2009 North American International Auto Show was a bit of a disaster. The very difficult and uncertain economic conditions resulted in several high-profile automakers dropping out of the exhibition. Among the absent automakers were Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi and Porsche, and a quick jaunt around Cobo's main floor revealed the empty spaces left by those big-time players. The future of the Detroit Auto Show is already looking brighter, however, with the approval of a much-needed overhaul of Cobo Hall, and more good news is coming in the way of a full main floor.

Detroit show organizers aren't yet ready to tip their hand as to which automakers will be attending the show, but among those likely to return are Nissan and Infiniti, as Japan's number three automaker is just too big to stay out of the North American International Auto Show two years in a row. The Detroit Free Press reports that Porsche has been unhappy with the lack of major media coverage at the L.A. Auto Show, and the German automaker could turn to Detroit to get its media fix. Porsche could also find itself sharing space with its new parent, Volkswagen.

While Detroit looks bring back some automakers that were lost last year, North America's biggest auto show could also bring in some newcomers. Fiat's partnership/ownership of Chrysler could mean that Fiat and Alfa Romeo models wind up parked near the Chrysler booth. India's Mahindra group, which is looking to sell trucks and SUVs here in the States, could be another option, as could China's BYD. We're really looking forward to this year's NAIAS, and it will be nice to once again see a full main floor. Another Detroit January, on the other hand, is something we can do without.

[Source: The Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      You notice things improving quickly after Monica Conyers is heading to prison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pleeeeeeze!! She was a grain of sand on the beach of problems Detroit has. And actually, the last thing she did was the best. Crooked or not, the first Cobo deal was a sucker deal, and I'm glad she stopped it. The proposal they approved on should have been the deal they made in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look for a lot more shrubbery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      test...nothing to see here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember seeing alfa at the northwood show before they pulled out of america. I too look forward to seeing them back. They make some great cars that look great in photo's.Can't wait to see them in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good news for Detroit which almost lost the chance of hosting the NAIAS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can't lose the chance to host something that you own. Why don't people understand this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And last year was kind of depressing...large empty areas on the main floor, that moldy smell of an over watered indoor forest downstairs.

        yuck
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure hope FIAT does better than they did in the '80s once they kill off what's left of Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there a Toyota Supra Show among them?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may be just using common sense, but wouldn't the Detroit show be more popular if it wasn't in the dead of winter?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you.
        I have been saying that for years.
        Common sense in a cold state would be to have a show like that at a better time, like maybe now.
        The Northwood Auto Show in Midland is awesome, in the summer and has lots of great cars and is free.
        I stopped going to the Detroit show about 3 years ago because it was so damn cold and they let these stupid little kids and ghettoes sit in the cars forever and you could never get to see anything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        most likely, but im sure its more about driving business through the typically dead times of the year. Also, since most new models come out just before the new year this gives them a lot of excitement at the show in terms of product
      • 5 Years Ago
      yay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Be nice to see alfa/fiat there specially the one that they are going to bring to the states. I am looking forward to see them. They might actually be my wife's next car like the fiat 500 if their bring it here
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, definitely. Since there is only a 2011 Grand Cherokee from Chrysler. It would be outstanding if Fiat brought over as much as possible, even if only to taunt the US buyers into wanting more rebadged Fiats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well this certainly is great news. I would love to see Fiat/Alfa at a show. It'd be a first for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I flew out to Detroit for the '09 show. I landed around 1:30am and it was 30 below and snowing outside. Then I got in my rental car at 8am to head into Downtown and drove through a blinding snowstorm. But it was great opportunity for a big time car guy like myself to see the DAS. Even grabbed a great beer at the Detroit Brewing Company. If I can swing it this January, I'll probably head out there again!
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