The 2018 North American International Auto Show wrapped up Sunday, bringing ticketed attendance to 809,161, up over 2017, according to organizers.
The show, after a 16-day peek at the latest in industry innovations, ended Sunday with 100,605 attendees. Cobo Center featured more than 700 vehicles and interactive displays during the exhibition.
Last year’s attendance for the nine days of public viewing totaled 749,229, according to the show’s organizers.
“Detroit experienced every facet of the mobility industry over the past two weeks,” said Chairman Ryan LaFontaine. “From startups showcasing their innovative technologies to C-suite discussions on a driverless future to industry giants standing on the world stage revealing brand-defining products and technologies, NAIAS was an incredible platform for one of the most exciting times in the history of our industry.”
New this year was the Future Automotive Career Exposition, connecting thousands interested in working in all aspects of the mobility industry.
“The biggest testament to the fact that the mobility industry is being redefined here in Detroit is best illustrated by the thousands of media that travel from across the globe to the Motor City …” said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts.
As of Saturday, the first eight days of attendance for this year’s show numbered to 655,992, which is about 3,700 more than 2017, and 39,247 saw the show during industry preview days.
The Sunday crowd was brisk. Around 5 p.m., with the show closing at 7 p.m., there were eight separate lines, with more than 10 people each, waiting to buy tickets.
“We thought we’d beat the crowds by coming so late, but, it’s still crazy,” said Fernando Sevilla, 44, Lincoln Park as he waited with five friends. “It took us a half hour to find a place to park and we ended up parking, like, seven blocks away.”
Some auto show facts:
■5,078 journalists from 60 countries.
■52 vehicles debuted.
■40,000 auto and tech industry executives, designers, developers and analysts turned out for the show.
■12,714 people attended the charity preview, raising almost $5.1 million for children’s charities in Metro Detroit.
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