The Detroit Auto Show was once the greatest of its kind. A quick glance at the show floor plan tells a different story.
As we begin setting up to cover the 2019 edition of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we think back on days when this was the place to be – if you had to be at one car show all year, this was it. What has become of the Detroit Auto Show we all know and love?
The last fifteen years or so have not been kind to the Motor City auto show, or the American car business, to put it very simply. The New York, Los Angeles and even Toronto auto shows have grown considerably while Detroit has lost and continues to lose manufacturer participants. Next year’s planned June NAIAS might help the situation but that remains to be seen.
A quick glance at the show floor plan shows that Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and even Mazda stayed home either once again, or for the first time. To call this a real auto show is almost misleading at this point.
Regardless, we’re almost set up and about to scour the Cobo Center’s many halls and see some great new cars.