Even the most devout of American automobile enthusiasts may not be aware of the premiere car shows in their home nation. America is host to four auto shows in particular that fuel the dreaming and drooling of manufacturers and buyers alike. Each car show appears in a certain area of the country every year to announce and exhibit the latest and greatest. These four shows represent the best in the exciting world of automobile advancements and accessories and are guaranteed to grab the attention of both the newcomer and the initiated.
- New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
Hosted at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York, the NYIAS has been an annually-hosted show since 1900. Either before or on Easter weekend the NYIAS opens its doors and closes them usually on the first Sunday after Easter. Often multiple automobile companies will debut new concept and production vehicles for the press shortly before the show, while different automobile associations entertain meetings and events. The NYIAS showcases the latest in automotive trends with more than four floors of exhibitions from international automakers.
- North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
Among the largest auto shows in North America, the NAIAS is held in Detroit, Michigan annually. The show commences with press, industry, and charity preview events and is one of the only shows in the U.S. that is sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles. Originally the NAIAS was merely the Detroit Auto Show, and it was also only the second of its kind. William E. Metzger helped to organize it all the way back in 1899, and by 1989 the show successfully became international. Since 1965 the NAIAS has been held in the Cobo Center in Detroit and is now typically slated for January each year. Vehicle introductions, public shows, and an ultra-luxury automotive event make this auto show impossible to miss.
- Los Angeles Auto Show
Having begun in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show has also been running now for over a century. The show is held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, usually in mid-November. As with the NAIAS, this event is sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles as being an international exhibition. It boasts being open to the public for ten days, and also provides fodder for journalists and industry representatives with its Press & Trade Days. In 2014 the show featured a record number of debuts, making it the premiere event to attend for auto aficionados.
- SEMA Show
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has been holding the SEMA Show since 1967. The show provides opportunities to not only ogle the newest and most innovative parts, tools, and components but also to network and learn. SEMA hosts educational seminars and product demonstrations. SEMA, consisting of more than 6,000 companies worldwide, unites aftermarket manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, media, car dealers, and more in one enormous car festival. While this event is not open to the public, it still draws thousands of buyers every year to its invitingly open doors.
If there’s an auto show to be attended, count on AutoNation to be there. AutoNation covers booths and exhibits demonstrated at auto shows otherwise inaccessible to the public. When you’re looking for your source for juicy tidbits about your favorite shows, be sure to check in with us at AutoNation Drive. And, if you find yourself in the market for a car you’ve fallen in love with, make sure you drop by one of our AutoNation dealerships today.