Why you should go to the auto show

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

The 5,000 plus members of the media, from 60 different countries, are gone.

The 50 or so global and North American product launches and reveals, have been, well, revealed and launched.

The $100,000,000 mark has been surpassed for money raised by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association for children’s charities in our area.

And now, the doors open to the most important visitors yet.


The true test of the success of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is if you buy one of these great vehicles in the next few days, weeks or months, keeping the industry healthier than its been in years.

So with all of the hoopla over press days, industry preview days and even the charity preview last night (all, by the way, deservedly hyped and celebrated) it all comes down to “us” showing up.

There are many reasons to do that as the doors open to the public today.

1. It really is a good show. (Thank you Chairman Scott LaRiche, Vice-Chairman Paul Sabatini and DADA Executive Director Rod Alberts.)

2. ALL of the car companies and suppliers are at their best with the best products, ever. (You know who you are.)

3. There’s a good chance you or someone in your family or neighborhood have their fingerprints all over these vehicles ( both figuratively and literally) and have the prideful feeling of having a hand in building one of these beauties.

4. Cobo Center is beautiful. Better than ever. (Thank you Patrick Bero, Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority CEO; Thom Connors, Cobo General Manager and all of the teams of Union workers, builders and cleaners.)

No more excuses needed for the Auto Industry, Cobo or the city of Detroit.

As Automotive Hall of Famer Keith Crain put it, “it’s been worth the wait.”

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.