Washington Auto Show 2012: Facts and Dates


    Washington Auto ShowIn 2012, The Washington Auto Show®, the public policy show on the global auto show circuit, will strengthen

    that niche by launching its Public Policy Preview Events with the National Journal Live Policy Summit.

    The multi-panel summit, produced by National Journal, takes place at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Cannon House Office Building. Public Policy Preview events continue with a full day of special events and announcements on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the show site, The Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), The Washington Auto Show opens to the public on Friday, Jan. 27. The ten-day show is the largest public show in Washington and the “tier-one” auto show displaying more green cars and technologies than any other. In 2012, the show will again host the “Advanced Technology SuperHighway,” a 65,000-square-foot display of the latest innovations in safety and sustainability, from clean diesel to biofuels and electric vehicles.

    The show has become a beloved annual tradition among Washingtonians, who marvel at the growing display of stars and cars, cutting-edge technologies, contests, giveaways and children’s and sports mascots. More than 700 new vehicles from over 42 domestic and import manufacturers will fill the 750,000-square-foot space with two levels of advanced exhibits.

    This year, The Washington Auto Show is pleased to present a special “Welcome Home Troops!” celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The program will feature appearances by J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran and newly-crowned champion of “Dancing with the Stars” and WWE® Legend Sgt. Slaughter™ as well as a musical performance by the Downrange pop ensemble of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”


    Jan. 25: Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill. The National Journal Live Policy Summit: “The Role of the Auto Industry in the Green Economy,” will take place from 8 – 10:30 a.m. in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. National Journal’s Energy and Environment Correspondent Amy Harder and Economics Correspondent Jim Tankersley will moderate.

    Jan. 26: Public Policy Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – daylong schedule of events for government, industry and media. Keynote address by Hyundai Motor America Executive V.P. of Sales Dave Zuchowski, and speech by a U.S. Cabinet member.

    Jan. 26: Sneak Peek Reception-exclusive to officials with government, industry and media.

    Jan. 26: Special dinner and reception honoring Roger Penske with the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award. Keynote address by GM President Mark Reuss.

    Jan. 25-27: SAE International co-locates its 2012 Government/Industry Meeting with the show.

    Jan. 27-Feb.5: Public Days – Ten-day show run at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.