The North American International Auto Show, otherwise know as the Detroit Auto Show or NAIAS is one of the most important and prestigious auto shows in the world.  The event takes place in the heart of downtown Detroit, which is home to the Big Three but draws auto makers from all over the world. If you are a car lover and want to see all of the new vehicle models in one place, this is the place for you.  This guide will help answer some of the basic questions you may have about the show.

NAIAS Detroit Auto Show


The Gallery: January 13, 2018

Press Preview: January 14-16, 2018

Industry Preview: January 17-18, 2018

Charity Preview: January 19, 2018

Public Show: January 20-28, 2018
Hours:     Saturday, January 20 – Saturday January 27, 2018
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9pm)
Sunday, January 28, 2014
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6pm)


Tickets (Public Show)

  • Adults: $14 per person
  • Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
  • Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

What to See

Over 50 automakers have unveiled new production and concept vehicle that will be on display for you to view.  Some popular vehicle announcements this year have been the 2019 Chevy Silverado, Ford Ranger, Mercedes G-Class and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta , just to name a few.  A complete floor map of the event can be found here.

How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the show is to hire a chauffeured transportation company.  By hiring a chauffeur, you can avoid parking, leave the directions to a professional chauffeur, and stay warm by getting picked up and dropped off at the door.

If you do however decide to drive yourself to the event, a Google Map of Cobo Center can be found here.

Once down at the event parking is available through ParkWhiz.

Where to Stay

There are a lot of great places to stay in downtown Detroit with easy access to the auto show via the people mover.  The closest hotels located just across the street is the Crowne Plaza and the Foundation Hotel.   If you are looking for someplace close by this is the place to stay as you can avoid walking any distance in the cold.   Another great option is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.  While this is just down the street, it has a people mover stop so you can easily get on it and stay out of the cold.


This is a great event for the city of Detroit and will draw some large crowds downtown.  Make sure to plan any travel arrangements in advance when possible.  Hopefully you enjoy the Detroit Auto Show and all of the new vehicles automakers have to offer.  More information on the show can be found on the shows official site at