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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 4:28 p.m.

2013 North American International Auto Show drives back into Detroit

By Kyle Mattson

A new Chevrolet Corvette has car enthusiasts drooling over online photo galleries, while over at the headquarters of GM and Chrysler, executives are celebrating their award-winning truck and car designs.

There's no doubt about it, the North American International Auto Show is Detroit's annual Super Bowl event. Whether you're looking for the next vehicle to shuttle your kids around in or just have an opportunity to sit in that convertible you've always dreamed about, the auto show is a fun and education event all around.


The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray was unveiled Sunday night.

Tanya Moutzalias | and Mlive will be bringing you reports from the 2013 show throughout the next few weeks. To catch you up, here are some of the notes to prepare you for when the doors open to the public on Saturday:

  • Just in case you were having trouble differentiating the car company and the US President it was named after, Lincoln now bears a new name.


A crane sits outside the former Cobo Arena.

Tanya Moutzalias |

  • You'll notice some changes around Cobo Hall, the atrium space in particular, as the $300 million renovation project hammers away.

  • Of course, no auto show would be complete without dozens of perfectly polished vehicles with hundreds of horsepower under the hood to make you dream of cruising along Huron River Drive on a sunny summer afternoon. While the Corvette Stingray may have stole this year's show it won't be the only one drawing crowds when there is a new 202 MPH Bentley, Z4 BMW Roadster, and high-performance Audi in the room.

2013 Auto Show Schedule
Industry Preview - January 16-17, 2013
Charity Preview - January 18, 2013
Public Show - January 19-27, 2013

Public Show Hours
Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(no admittance after 9 p.m.)
Sun: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Adults: $12 per person
Seniors: $6 (65 and older)
Children: $6 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Heading to the 2012 show? Send us your photos using the form below or on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #A2photos.



Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 2:48 a.m.

I think its a shame they took an American sportscar and have turned it into a supercar only a few can afford. An obsrvation; Ford seems to be the leader in design and technology seems to be alot of concept cars that seem to copy on those designs.

Kyle Mattson

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

Hi B2P- There was an interesting interview I heard on the radio on my drive this morning that made a good point. Last year the Corvette only sold 12k-ish cars, but the point of sports cars like the Viper, Corvette, even top end Mustangs are not always to make a profit on those cars but leverage them as a way to build buzz for the brand and help drive the sales of the more 'average' cars. Just think of the auto show setting, everyone may crowd around the display of this new Camaro, but after Instagramming a photo of it they will then take a seat in that new Chevy Malibu parked right by it.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

I'm sick of hearing about the auto show. Every year its always the same, next year cars will be better, just wait another year. The mid 60's vette look better and was made better, that goes for many other cars. Sure these cars drive nice but don't hit anything and remember to put kids in the backseat or the air bags might kill them in a minor accident. Says it right on the visor of every new car, flip it down and read it...its there cause its true. But these cars are so safe today, yeah right.

Kyle Mattson

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 4:51 a.m.

I understand your perspective Paul, particularly if you only look at it from the public show perspective. However, considering the show also serves as a major industry gathering right here in our state where much of the industry is based I think it is a win event all around. In regards to your "next year cars will be better" statement, I actually think the more recent shows have actually been more interesting to watch as the various brands try to figure out how to best leverage new technologies in their vehicles. In the past it seemed like it was just add some more horse power and create some new body-lines and you have next year's model. Now, there is a push for safety, fuel milage, integrated technologies, etc in the pot giving the show scene a bit more flavor.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 11:18 p.m.

I cannot wait to go to the auto show. I go every single year.