• Jan 30, 2010



The 2009 edition of the Detroit Auto Show was depressing on a variety of levels, ranging from the number of automakers who either pulled out or didn't bring anything new, to the industry's general malaise as a whole. The show was upsetting on a regional level because attendance dropped.

Luckily, 2009 is in the books and 2010 appears to be better on nearly all fronts. While new introductions at the show seemed down this year again, the bright side is that more automakers participated and, perhaps more importantly for the struggling region, attendance was up in a big way.

The Detroit News reports that 715,000 men, women and children paid up to $12 to attend the show this year – up 65,000 from 2009's dismal numbers. Part of the reason for the increase came courtesy of surprisingly good weather (for Detroit), while the overall outlook of the industry isn't (quite) as dire as it was one year ago. Also, that higher attendance number happened despite the fact that the Audi display caught fire and cleared Cobo for one afternoon.

[Source: The Detroit News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking forward to the Chicago Auto Show!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How does a small electrical fire in the rafters 40 feet above the show floor turn into "the audi display (catching) on fire"? Not even close. I was there, I'm pretty sure I didn't see a burning R8. Between this and the gloom and doom storytelling, please stop overdramatizing and making things up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice! There were really on fire this year!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Still no Nissan again this year, very disappointed in that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, but past history shows we've had some nasty snowstorms coincide with the start of the Auto Show. This year the weather was real nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanted to gooo. But I'm stuck in Bay Area :(

      The Silicon Valley International Auto Show wasn't that bad, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed, there were less car manufacturers at the show this year, attendance was still up in a bad economy, and the press writing these articles should stay home!! China is a little far to go for a show, at least for me!! If this is the same writer that wrote about the "crummy" cars in the Woodward cruise, then he CAN stay home!!

      Detroit is still an proud auto town,... It'll get better. Buy American,.. Buy Michigan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      65,000 politicians and their staffs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where you there? How the f**k would you know? I WAS there and it was a great show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay now all you haters come tell us again why we shouldn't have an auto show in Detroit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's just stupid the way Autoblog writes things. yes the autoshow had 65k more ppl this year but they call 2009's attendance of 650,000 people "dismal"?! ya ok buddy haha

        i hate when news sites or newspapers "feed" you stuff trying to influence the way you think about an article. tell me the facts and i'll make my own conclusions about if it's "dismal" or not. thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, well... Felix Sabates can suck it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Per NASCAR owner Felix Sabates "there's nobody left in Detroit other than the police and the unemployed"
        • 4 Years Ago
        When you take into account the importance of the Detroit Auto Show in general and how long it lasts, I don't know, I'd call 650,000 okay. Montréal is a minor show that the press often forgets about [not to mention it nearly coincides with the D3 one], and we got 204,000 visitors last year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, italy. The media is rife with rhetoric and unfortunately the public buys into the bull$h!t.
        • 4 Years Ago
        700k is pretty medicore numbers NAAS was open from Jan 11-24, Shanghai auto show drew 600k in half the number of days. And is expected to grow to 750k this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is great news for the D-town. They should hold more events like this there.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      great news for detroit. we need events like this in detroit
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