Detroit auto show inks 7-year venue deal, confirms June 2020 dates

The North American International Auto Show is staying put at Cobo Center. The show will remain at the downtown Detroit venue through at least June 2026 after signing a seven-year contract Friday, according to a press release.

The show also confirmed dates for June 2020, the first year it moves to the summer.

Here’s the confirmed schedule for the 2020 show in June:

  • The Gallery: Saturday, June 6
  • Press Preview: Tuesday – Wednesday, June 9-10
  • Industry Preview: Wednesday – Thursday, June 10-11
  • AutoMobili-D: Tuesday – Thursday, June 9-11
  • Charity Preview: Friday, June 12
  • Public Show: Saturday-Saturday, June 13-20

“Cobo Center is a world-class venue and the perfect home for NAIAS each year,” said Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS in the release. “Over the past 30 years we have hosted thousands of international journalists, industry executives and thought leaders, and consumers. We are delighted to continue our partnership and look forward to the transformation NAIAS will undergo in 2020.”

Cobo Center is also happy to have the relationship continue.

“We are thrilled to extend our multi-year agreement with NAIAS that extends this contract through 2026. The new trend of event festivalization is an exciting one, and this contract keeps Cobo Center on the industry’s cutting edge through our continued partnership with NAIAS,” said Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. “It’s wonderful to work with such forward-thinking customers.”

Last year, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which runs the show, made an eight-year commitment to Cobo Center after a successful renovation that improved the venue and improved management under the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority.

While the June show will be a change for the iconic Detroit event, there’s one last chance to experience it in its traditional chilly element.

The 2019 Detroit auto show events begin Saturday, Jan. 12. The show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 19.

Here are the important dates for the 2019 show:

    • The Gallery – Saturday, January 12
    • Press Preview – Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15
    • Industry Preview – Wednesday-Thursday, January 16-17
    • Charity Preview – Friday, January 18
    • Public Show – Saturday-Sunday, January 19-27

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