Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 11, 2012


DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 10, 2012 - The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 completed two full days of exciting new-vehicle introductions and upbeat press conferences signaling an enthusiasm not seen in the auto industry for a few years. The NAIAS now transitions to two days dedicated to Industry Preview.

"The buzz is back," proclaimed Bill Perkins, chairman, NAIAS 2012. "Press Preview exceeded our expectations with more than 93 percent of the new vehicles introduced being worldwide unveilings. I think the journalists need a few days to process everything they witnessed during the 35 NAIAS press conferences." 

Perkins said the new products unveiled included electric vehicles, luxury vehicles, minivans, and even a 200 mph supercar. "Cobo Center and the City of Detroit are really shining tonight!" 

Press Preview was a resounding success with more than 5,200 credentialed media covering the new-vehicle introductions. Over 30% of those scribes visiting the NAIAS are from outside North America, including new media visitors from Qatar, Panama and Bulgaria. Additional media are expected to attend during Industry Preview, Charity Preview and Public Show. 

Tomorrow at 12 noon the show floor will open for NAIAS Industry Preview. Industry analysts, supplier executives, designers, engineers and auto enthusiasts will compare, analyze, photograph, and benchmark the more than 500 cars and trucks on the NAIAS floor. Industry Preview early registration is running at 20 percent ahead year-to-date with more than 2,000 companies participating from 23 countries. Show organizers expect more than 21,000 visitors over the two days of Industry Preview. 

NAIAS 2012 New Vehicle Introductions:

  • Acura ILX Sedan
  • Acura NSX
  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Q3 Vail Crossover
  • Bentley Continental V8
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5
  • Buick Encore
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Chevrolet Code 130R Concept
  • Chevrolet Miray Concept
  • Chevrolet Sonic RS
  • Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept
  • Chrysler 700c Mini Van Concept
  • Dodge Dart
  • Falcon F7 Supercar
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord Concept
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Hyundai Veloster Turbo
  • Lexus LF-LC Concept
  • Lincoln MKZ Concept
  • Maserati Kubang SUV Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid
  • Mercedes E400
  • MINI Roadster
  • Nissan Pathfinder Concept
  • Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
  • Porsche Cayman R
  • Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S
  • Shelby GT500 Super Snake
  • Shelby GT350 Limited Edition
  • Shelby GTS V6
  • Smart-For-Us Concept
  • Tata eMO EV
  • Toyota NS4 Concept
  • Toyota Prius C
  • Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept
  • Volvo C70 Convertible 

NAIAS Sponsors

The NAIAS would like to thank its premier sponsors: Delta Air Lines, DENSO, Johnson Controls, KPMG, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michelin, ZF Group, as well as its official sponsors:, ion Television, MSN Autos, Panasonic Automotive, and Schaeffler. Charter One, part of the RBS group, is the Presenting Sponsor of Charity Preview.

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