Chinese automakers vying for coveted NAIAS space

For those in the industry, it's common knowledge that Detroit's Cobo Hall isn't exactly the sprawling chunk of real estate that automakers want and need from the venue for the most important auto show in North America. Regardless, North American International Auto Show executives are pushing for U.S. market hopefuls Hunan Changfeng Motor Co. Ltd., Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd. and Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co. Ltd. to display at NAIAS after Geely's premiere in Cobo's concourse last year.

The companies, which could sell cars in the U.S. as early as 2008, were offered a pavilion to share amongst the three of them, but they rejected the plan. Instead, they will likely take up residence downstairs in Michigan Hall, where aftermarket parts and other specialty companies such as American Specialty Cars exhibit. One day soon, however, Chinese automakers likey hope they'll be able to sit at the big kids table in Cobo Hall itself. NAIAS executives will have some pretty creative floorplan problems when that day comes.

[Source: Detroit News]

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