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The Top Five NAIAS Stories You Might Have Missed

Couldn’t Make It to Detroit for NAIAS? Here are the Five Stories You Might Have Missed

January in the Detroit region means one thing: The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). With more than 40 global debuts, 5,000 journalists, and 800,000 visitors, NAIAS is one of the world’s biggest and best auto shows

NAIAS is just one of the many reasons why there is no place more ideal to design, engineer and mass-produce automobiles or automotive-related components than the Detroit region. Check out five stories that highlight why the Detroit region is the world’s automotive epicenter.

  • President Obama Touts Auto Industry, Motor City Comeback: Speaking to a crowd at the Ford Assembly Plant in Wayne just ahead of NAIAS, the President praised the impressive resurgence of the automotive industry and its hometown, Detroit.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Finds Its Home in Detroit:  The new Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) facility will reaffirm Detroit’s position as the global leader in manufacturing innovation.
  • Michigan Means Mobility: In a partnership with Michigan automotive suppliers, Google announced that its driverless vehicles will be engineered and built in the Detroit region.
  • “Motor City:” The University of Michigan announced that its first-of-a-kind, 32-acre “mini-city” to test connected and automated cars in live situations will be operational by spring 2015.
  • Detroit vs. Everybody: Texas-based site selector and economic development consultant Dean Barber visited Detroit during NAIAS. What were his conclusions? “…there is an economic vitality that I think many cities would envy.”