Opened in 1899, the Detroit auto show lays claim to being the second oldest event of its kind, with only the one year-older Paris motor show outdoing it. (The New York auto show followed in 1900.)
In 2016, organisers for the Detroit auto show expect around 800,000 visitors, including some 5000 members of the global press.
In all, more than 40 worldwide and North American debuts are scheduled for the Detroit event.
Interestingly, a number of brands have revealed they won’t be in attendance: Tesla, Mini, Jaguar and Land Rover.
In each case, the brands have said that the show’s timing does not line up with any planned unveilings. Tesla’s absence is nothing unusual, though, with the electric vehicle company absent from more than a few major shows each year. Its interest in the Detroit show would be diminished further by laws that require auto sales in Michigan to be carried out through franchised dealerships. Tesla sells direct to the public.
Event organisers aren’t fazed by the missing marques, however, with NAIAS executive director Rod Alberts telling the Detroit Free Press in December that the show has “way more demand than we have space. It’ll be used”.
What can we expect to see at the show? See our current list below, and stay tuned for further updates as we near the event’s January 11 opening day.
Acura Precision concept - styling makeover on the way
Audi h-tron quattro SUV - new hydrogen SUV reported for Detroit
BMW M2 (above) - new baby M hero to make its North American debut
BMW X4 M40i - powered-up SUV to make motor show debut in Detroit
Buick Envision - American debut for the SUV that might just be Australia's next Captiva
Chevrolet Bolt - Australian-designed EV to make production appearance, although it will debut earlier at CES
Chevrolet Cruze hatch - we've seen the new sedan, but its hatch sibling is rumoured for a Detroit debut
Chrysler Voyager - FCA's new people-mover will roll into Town (& Country)
Fisker Force 1 - former Aston Martin design to unveil latest creation
Ford Mondeo facelift - a styling makeover for the Mondeo, known in the US as the Fusion
Honda Ridgeline - next-gen American-focused pickup coming
Infiniti Q50 - upgraded with powerful new turbo engine, will debut in Detroit
Infiniti Q60 (above) - recently spied BMW 4 Series rival bound for Detroit debut
Kia Telluride concept - big new SUV concept to rival Mazda CX-9
Kia Niro - although not confirmed, new small SUV could appear in Detroit
Lincoln Continental - production version of last year's controversial concept
Maserati Levante - a Detroit debut for new premium SUV has been reported
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (above) - we’ve seen much already, but its official unveiling will occur next month
Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet - motor show premiere for already revealed super cab
Mercedes-Benz SLC - facelifted SLC revealed this week will make premiere in Detroit
Toyota C-HR (above) - production version of Toyota’s compact SUV could appear in Detroit, but might go to Geneva instead
Volvo S90 - all-new premium sedan to make motor show premiere in Detroit