Wonderful World of Auto Shows What's New on the Road
By Steven Marks / February 1, 2014
Lights, cameras, cars! Once again, it's time for the auto show season to commence across the country, and around the world.
Showcasing current and future production models, concept cars, and out-of-production classics, the auto show gives the opportunity for automotive manufacturers to display it all. Auto shows make several stops, giving the public a chance to see what's new in the automotive world.
Regarded as an annual tradition for families, friends, and automotive enthusiasts of all ages, the auto show has something to fit everyone's taste. Typically, the show previews the next model year of production, allowing automotive manufacturers to show off their latest products. The annual event also provides an opportunity for those in the market for a new car the chance to do some shopping and comparisons, all under one roof.
Nationally, there are about twenty-five auto shows that visit a broad range of cities, starting in the fall season of early October and running through about mid-May.
Out of all the nationwide shows, four main auto shows are recognized as the global shows, and are held in some of the country's top car culture cities, including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and New York. These cities provide the backdrop for manufacturers to preview concept vehicles of the future, and world premiere models that may be introduced for the first time in the U.S., or even around the world.
Most of the time, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major show of the season. As car culture remains a fundamental staple in the City of Angels, the auto show is sure to have some of the manufacturers' best products on exhibit. In three different main halls, the Los Angeles Auto Show reserves one building exclusively for the high-end exotics, including the latest from Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Ferrari.
Another entirely separate pavilion is dedicated to one of the city's favorite sports cars, Porsche. Manufacturers put extra effort into making their displays as glamorous and glitzy as the city in which the show is held.
The next show on the calendar is the most highly anticipated not only in the states, but also around the world. It can be referred to as the auto show of the year. Held downtown in the heart of the Motor City, at Detroit's Cobo Hall, the North American International Auto Show has been known to introduce some of the most significant icons of the industry. Last year, General Motors debuted the all-new generation of the Corvette Stingray. This year's highly anticipated arrival will introduce the all-new Ford Mustang to the world.
The last two main shows are smaller overall, but also serve as an opportunity for manufacturers to show off the latest and greatest products. The Chicago Auto Show is relatively insignificant for many manufacturers to introduce world premieres. However, the show is recognized as one of the largest in volume, thanks to the extra large venue at downtown Chicago's McCormick Place.
The New York Auto Show closes the season, with the chance to show many models that will be debuting for the next model year. Held at New York City's Jacob Javits Center, this show draws some of the highest attendance of all shows.
Auto shows remain vital to the automotive manufacturers and national dealers as the ultimate public relations exercise. Before these shows open their doors to the public, the industry gives media and automotive executives the opportunity to connect through press conferences, evening gala events, and industry parties. Be sure to check out an auto show coming soon near you.
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