Industry Buzz Increases Government, Legislative Group Participation at 2007 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT, Jan. 5, 2007 -- The 2007 North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) prominence as the automotive industry's premier event to make contact with influential executives and experts is drawing more government and legislative groups.

"The North American International Auto Show's political role and impact on the automotive industry has grown significantly drawing a host of political groups in addition to auto manufacturers, analysts and international press," said Robert Thibodeau, Jr., senior co-chairman for the NAIAS 2007. "The increased presence of government and legislative groups speaks to the wide reach and broad appeal of auto industry trends discussed at NAIAS. To date, some of the most influential names in politics have visited NAIAS including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson, who will be attending again in 2007 and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Last year the NAIAS hosted former U.S. Secretary of Treasury John Snow and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham."

NAIAS 2007 continues that trend. Mary Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation will make an appearance and announce her proposal to reform the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the EPA are meeting with manufacturers like GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota while at the show. NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason is also attending.

The U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration plan to meet with Ford, GM and Chrysler. Also attending in 2007 are the Office of Aerospace, the Washington Foreign Press, Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.

"NAIAS presents a rare opportunity to get in front of a variety of industry executives, civic and political leaders, and key decision makers," said Carl Galeana, co-chairman for the NAIAS 2007. "We are especially honored for the first time to have a United Nations delegation visiting the show."

About the NAIAS

The automobile industry is one of the largest industries in the United States and the NAIAS is one of the foremost automotive events in the world. The NAIAS provides a premier showcase for automotive companies to market their new designs, new product and technologies to the world. The NAIAS has become synonymous with innovative design combining elaborate, attention-grabbing exhibits with over-the-top press conferences featuring glittery stage shows and the hottest entertainers that have become anticipated theatrics during Press Days. The NAIAS has the single largest economic impact on metro Detroit annually and contributes nearly $550 million to Michigan's economy each year, with nearly $100 million benefiting the city of Detroit.

100th Anniversary

In 2007, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) will celebrate the centennial of its successful association with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Since its inception in 1907, the show has grown from a regional event featuring 17 exhibitors to an internationally-sanctioned show with over 90 exhibitors, adding more than $500 million to the metro Detroit region last year alone. With the support of Detroit area auto dealers the NAIAS features more new vehicle debuts and garners more media coverage than any show in North America.

NAIAS 2007 Official Dates

Press Preview Days will be held Sunday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Industry Preview Days will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. The Charity Preview will be held Friday evening, Jan. 12, 2007. Public Days are Saturday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.

  The North American International Auto Show
  Rod Alberts - Executive Director

Entering its 19th year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris- based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at http://www.naias.com/. The drive, design and desire for cars is here in Detroit!

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