Windsor·NAIAS 2019

2019 will be Detroit's final North American International Auto Show held in winter

The 30th North American International Auto Show is making a move to become more experimental.

Upcoming show introduces plans to be more dynamic

North American International Auto Show 2019

CBC News Windsor

2 years ago
Here's what you can expect from this year's auto show. NAIAS executive director Rod Alberts explains that consumers will get to ride around in some vehicles. 1:44

The 30th North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) returns to Detroit from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27.

This year, the show is expected to be more dynamic, allowing people to actually ride in vehicles on the show floor.

"[It's] truly a transformational show," said Rob Alberts, executive director of NAIAS. "It'll be like going to Disneyland."

He said the activities are a way for people to experience the new technology.

Next year's North American International Auto Show won't be held during the winter. (Jason Viau/CBC)

When the show is moved to June next year, Alberts said people will be able to watch the sunset while looking at cars.

Previously, NAIAS has announced parts of the show will be moving outside of the four walls at Detroit's Cobo Center in 2020.

On Monday, the car, truck and utility vehicle of the year will be announced. On Tuesday, awards will be given for the best production and concept vehicles making a worldwide debut at the show.

NAIAS executive director Rob Alberts says thousands of people have been involved in setting up the show. (Jason Viau/CBC)

Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains will attend the show on Monday and Tuesday.

The show will be open to the public starting next Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. 


  • A previous version of this story stated that people would be able to drive cars at the auto show, when in fact, they'll be able to ride in cars on the show floor.
    Jan 13, 2019 2:13 PM ET

With files from Jason Viau


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