NAIAS’ Past, Present and Future All on Display as 2019 Show Begins

DETROIT – The 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) got off to a fast start this weekend as more than 500 people saw some of the world’s most exotic cars at The Gallery, four trucks completed a 10-day journey that ended in downtown Detroit and thousands of media, analysts and executives from around the world began arriving to attend the show.

The Gallery, now in its 13th year, welcomed luxury-car enthusiasts to MGM Grand in support of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Attendees saw a collection of some of the most exclusive and acclaimed automobiles in the world that were collectively valued at nearly $10 million. Brands present included: Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Ford, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Notable vehicles included: Rolls Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini SVJ, Bentley Bentayga, and the Jaguar F-Pace.

Meanwhile, four classic pickup trucks completed a 10-day, seven-state journey that began in Houston, Texas on Jan. 3. The trucks – a 1955 Chevrolet 3600, 1965 Ford F100, 1962 International Travelette and 1957 Ford Ranchero Custom – made their final 19-mile trip down Woodward Avenue from Troy on Saturday morning to conclude “The Drive Home IV” in downtown Detroit’s Spirit Plaza. The Drive Home IV is an annual vintage vehicle winter road rally that celebrates America’s motoring legacy throughout the country in the days leading up to the world’s premier international auto show, NAIAS.

This year, the history and heritage of NAIAS will be on the minds of many as the show celebrates its 30th year since becoming an international auto show. NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts, who spoke Sunday to the Society of Automotive Analysts, said the 2019 show will also be unique because it will be the last held in January before the show moves to June in 2020.

“A core group of visionary dealers had a dream that became reality in 1989 and that dream helped to make NAIAS one of the world’s most influential auto events,” NAIAS executive director Rod Alberts said when he spoke at the Society of Automotive Analysts Sunday afternoon. “We will celebrate that heritage this week as we prepare for the next 30 years.”

Cadillac capped off the day as it revealed the 2020 Cadillac XT6 – an all-new nameplate for the luxury brand. The three-row crossover gives Cadillac an additional SUV that it can offer consumers at a time when sales in that category continue to climb. Cadillac will offer the XT6 in Premium Luxury and Sport models.

All of this is just a prelude for Monday, when eleven automakers plan to reveal their latest new cars and trucks and hundreds of the industry’s top executives gather to discuss the latest industry trends and new technology. The press conference schedule can be found here:

Here are some key events beyond and highlights to expect that are in addition to automaker press conferences:

• 8:00 a.m. – North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards – Atrium Stage. Chosen by a group of 54 independent jurors, these awards are closely followed by the industry.
• 3:20 p.m. – Roadshow by CNET Shift awards – Atrium Stage. These awards recognize the most innovative and important technology breakthroughs in the auto industry.
• 3:45 p.m. – Volvo Keynote delivered by Anders Gustafsson – Atrium Stage. Gustafsson will deliver keynote speech for AutoMobili-D – an exposition showcasing a global ecosystem of mobility-focused companies and organizations.
• 4:45 p.m. – Automotive Hall of Fame – Atrium Stage.
• 5:30 p.m. – Automotive Press Association Executive Networking Reception – Hall B. The Automotive Press Association will host an Executive Networking Reception for its members.
• AutoMobili-D – This mobility showcase will host more than 200 companies who will display technology across 150,000 square-feet of display space. It will also host panel discussions and keynote speakers from Monday, Jan. 14 to Thursday, Jan. 17.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


National Politics

Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign…

Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t backing down from his tweets about Democratic Rep.…

Kim Open to Another Summit with Trump, with Conditions

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open…

Trump ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants in Dem cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants”…


Governor Ron DeSantis Delivers Remarks at the 58th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion Luncheon

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered remarks at a luncheon commemorating the…

ORLANDO POLITICS - ONE TO WATCH: Getting to Know Bruno Portigliatti

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - During the 2018 election cycle, I had the opportunity to…

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Award of National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday morning in a press release to…

Supervisor Daisy Morales, Commissioners Cordero and Bonilla Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange County District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, Orange…


  • Tiger Woods celebrates his 5th Masters win after sinking the final bogie Sunday. Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock
    AUGUSTA (CBS Sports) - 2019 Masters: Tiger Woods Storms Leaderboard, Wins Fifth Green Jacket in Furious Finish (Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock)


MATCH RECAP: Pride Shutout by North Carolina Courage

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Pride (0-2-0, 0 points) fell to the defending National Women’s Soccer League…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce 2019 regular season schedule

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2019 regular season schedule, released today by the…

Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled 2019 preseason and regular season schedules

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have unveiled their 2019 preseason and regular season schedules, the…

Orlando Pride Forward Alex Morgan Named to 2019 TIME 100 List

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando Pride and U.S. Women’s…

Orlando Pride Falls 2-0 in Season Opener

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando Pride (0-1-0, 0 points) fell…

2019 Masters: Tiger Woods Storms Leaderboard, Wins Fifth Green Jacket in Furious Finish

AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBS Sports) - As he entered the tee box on No. 18, the…



An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Bank of America Raising Hourly Minimum Wage to $20

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Pinterest sets sites on $1.5B in first public share offering

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest, among a gaggle of tech companies planning to go public…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Gone in 6 minutes: an Ethiopian Airlines jet’s final journey

From nearly the moment they roared down the runway and took off in their new…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Linda McMahon to exit role at Small Business Administration

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, is…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Facebook charged with housing discrimination by HUD

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government charged Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination Thursday for allegedly…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger…


  • This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Timothy Williams. The actor and spokesman for the discount hotel website has been arrested in Texas on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge. Court records show 52-year-old Williams was arrested Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Houston and freed on $100 bond. (Houston Police Department via AP)
    TEXAS (AP) - Trivago Hotel Website Actor Arrested in Texas on DWI Charge (Photo: Houston Police Department via AP)


Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of…

Trivago Hotel Website Actor Arrested in Texas on DWI Charge

HOUSTON (AP) - The actor who has become something of a sex symbol as the…

Jay-Z to Perform at Newly Renovated Webster Hall in NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) - Jay-Z will help re-open the newly renovated Webster Hall concert…

One Person Killed During Nipsey Hussle Memorial Procession

LOS ANGELES, Ca. (BBC News) - A person has been killed during a memorial procession for…

Netflix launches comedy channel on SiriusXM

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is launching its first audio venture that will feature the…

Man wins over $110K, breaks single-day record on ‘Jeopardy!’

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — A 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more…


  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - 26th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms for 90 Days at Walt Disney World Resort (Photo courtesy Walt Disney World)


An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Trivago Hotel Website Actor Arrested in Texas on DWI Charge

HOUSTON (AP) - The actor who has become something of a sex symbol as the…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

"Unplanned" Movie Comes to Orlando, Inspired by Conservative Activist Korrie Lupino Stevenson

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - On Wednesday, March 27th, Unplanned the movie will be viewed…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Garden Rocks Concert Series Expands to Every Day of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 6-June 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Garden Rocks Concert Series is back – every single day…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

SPECIAL REPORT: Non-Compliance with State Law Plagues Orange County Soil & Water Board

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Florida currently has 58 Soil & Water Conservation Districts which were…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Chairman Daisy Morales Announces New Website for Orange Soil and Water Conservation District

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – After four years of ongoing board meetings and delays to…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Innovative environment joins lineup of new and recently announced enhancements to the Walt Disney World Resort theme park

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort is a…