DETROIT, Jan. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today wrapped up two weeks of welcoming brand-defining products, emerging mobility technologies, top government officials – including then-Vice President Joe Biden – and leading auto and tech thinkers, in addition to greeting over 800,000 car enthusiasts who came to see the exciting technology-laden products driving the industry’s transformation.
The show closed tonight with a strong finish of 98,125 attendees, bringing total ticketed attendance for 2017 NAIAS to 806,554.
“Detroit is the mobility epicenter of the world, and there’s no better example of this than what we’ve seen and experienced at NAIAS over the past 16 days,” said 2017 NAIAS Chairman Sam Slaughter. “Visitors to the show were able to experience the full spectrum of the auto industry – from autonomous vehicles and technologies to current production models that will be in dealer showrooms in the near future. It was an incredible showcase for our industry; one that provided a look into the transformation of the world’s automotive industry.”
NAIAS kicked off 2017 with its inaugural AutoMobili-D, a display of 120 automakers, suppliers and startups from around the world showcasing and discussing future mobility platforms, in addition to 40+ hours of mobility-themed content at symposiums and panel discussions. Waymo CEO John Krafcik opened AutoMobili-D with the world reveal of the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Other notable keynotes included Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., and Julia Steyn, GM’s Vice President of Urban Mobility and Maven.
“AutoMobili-D was an incredible venue for the entire mobility ecosystem, from newly formed startups to tech suppliers to automakers. It allowed each brand an opportunity to communicate directly with over 5,100 journalists and nearly 40,000 industry decision makers,” NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said. “It was as much about connecting businesses as it was about connecting technologies.”
Alberts noted that NAIAS and its new AutoMobili-D attracted 5,101 journalists from 61 countries. Attending media saw 46 vehicles make their world debut, seven vehicles make their North American debut and 17 special one-of-a-kind vehicles made their first appearance at an auto show. Included in this mix was world-renowned John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios who revealed a life-size, drivable version of the iconic Lightning McQueen as a precursor to the ‘Cars 3’ movie.
“From the buzz and unveiling of autonomous drive products and mobility technologies at AutoMobili-D to the news generated at Press Preview, there’s