The very latest in the world of autos/trucks can be seen starting Saturday

2016 North American International Auto Show opens to public on Saturday

Cars of just about every style, colour and brand are to be found everywhere starting this Saturday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

In the market for a new vehicle? It would be harder to find a more convenient place to begin the search than at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit starting Saturday and running through January 24.

A statue of Michelin's mascot at the entrance to the media center for the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
A statue of Michelin’s mascot at the entrance to the media center for the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

Lambton Shield was there on Monday and Tuesday as part of Press Preview, an opportunity for various automakers to draw attention (and media coverage) for new model introductions—more than 50 it turns out in total.

The event—commonly referred to simply as the Detroit Auto Show but “formally” known as the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS (www.naias.com)—is one of the largest in the nation (with more than 800,000 visitors last year). With Sarnia being about an hour away (and Windsor even closer), organizers expect a healthy number of Canadians will be crossing the border specifically to check out what’s new on four wheels.

Cobo Center (we’ll use the American spelling, obviously) has undergone an extensive multimillion dollar, multi-year renovation that gives the show a much-needed facelift.

Parking around (and in) the building is plentiful (there’s rooftop parking and several nearby garages to choose from) plus Cobo is one of the stops on the well-used People Mover so there are other options (check out the People Mover site here). Cash fare (remember to bring U.S. money) is 75 cents a ride (a $1 bill will give you a token and 25 cents in change).

Tickets are $13 (again U.S. $) and can be purchased at the show or online here (to avoid line-ups).

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except the last Sunday (January 24) when the doors close at 7 p.m.

A downloadable/printable floor plan for the show (useful for planning purposes—along with a good pair of walking shoes) can be seen here.

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