Auto companies to show off new cars in Detroit

Special to the Tribune Chronicle / Steve Fecht for Chevrolet The Chevrolet exhibit was under constructed last week for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show opens for media previews and industry days this evening. It opens to the public Jan. 20.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan last week checked out the site of the city’s upcoming auto show, as excitement builds for the one of the auto industry’s biggest events of the year.

The auto show, which showcases hundreds of vehicles in the massive downtown Detroit COBO Center, opens to the public Jan. 20-28. Media and industry officials will get a sneak preview beginning this evening.

The show hosts carmakers debuting dozens of new production vehicles and experimental concept cars, much of it during the three-day media preview.

The public NAIAS show allows visitors and car enthusiasts the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape, ranging from muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks.

General Motors, for instance, will show off the full Silverado lineup as part of its Chevy Truck Centential celebration.

Last week Detroit’s mayor strolled through the still-under-construction spots where General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many other automakers will show off their latest creations.

Duggan shook hands with workers and others as he took a tour alongside Chairman Ryan LaFontaine and other officials representing the North American International Auto Show.

Detroit was named one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, one of the world’s largest travel guidebook publishers. Detroit was the only continental U.S. city selected for the list.