Detroit's bankruptcy is going to mess up a lot of stuff in the coming months – if not years. One thing that shouldn't be affected, though, is the North American International Auto Show, held at downtown Detroit's Cobo Center.

Currently in the midst of a much-needed $299-million renovation, Cobo's operation was taken over by the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority in 2009, essentially protecting the convention center, and by extension, the auto show, from the city's ills.

Speaking to Automotive News, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Rod Alberts, said he isn't worried about the effect of Detroit's bankruptcy on the show's most visible municipal presence - security. City officials are committed to providing the same degree of activity as in previous years. In addition to the regular police presence, the auto show will hire its own security forces for this year's show rather than contracting out. Not all the pressure is on the show and the DPD, though, as Alberts pointed out to AN, "'I know we can lean on other agencies to help us out if we need to.'"

Held annually at Cobo since 1965, the North American International Auto Show is one of the premiere events on the global auto show calendar. Held every January, it has been a regular source of frostbite news and new vehicle introductions for media from around the world.


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      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      It really is sad to see these once great Cities die like this. They where once the symbol of our greatness as an Industrial leader in the world.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      OBAMA! UNIONS! NAR NAR NAR NAR!!!
        BLONDIE & GRUMPY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Your right of course, the Unions threw in with Obama, but now they have no Political Capital to give him; and he will do nothing for them now... Too Bad; so sad...
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      With bankrupcy and all the Trayvon Martin protests going on where even innocent passer-bys are getting harassed by "urban" people, Detroit is the last place I would be visiting right now. I don't care how exciting the auto-show is, its not worth the risk.
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        edward.stallings
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        @Ducman69
        I went to the Detroit Auto Show about 10 years ago. Rented a car, asked a Detroit native where Cobo Hall was and got a middle finger with a loud F - you! I figured that meant "welcome to Detroit". Helped with a display at a trade show there and got harassed by union goons. Great place! Almost everyone there is a democrap, so at least it all makes sense.
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      buknekkid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh wow, let's save the auto show. Give me a break, how about we save some starving kids instead.
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many of the cars will make it out of the show.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cobo has been a toilet for 20 years now, why would they change anything?
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      Don
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit, "Enter at your own Risk" Detroit Police Dept.
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      Rodney
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...Cobo Center. ...Currently in the midst of a much-needed $299-million renovation...". And just where do they get 299 million dollars? Sounds like more pocket lining to me.
      Larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anyone go to Detroit for anything?
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