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2008 North American International Auto Show Public Days Opens With Amazing Exhibits, Attractions, Production and Concept Vehicles

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  • DETROIT, Jan. 19, 2008 -- The 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened to the public today with jaw-dropping exhibits, amazing production and concept vehicles and exciting, fun-filled attractions.

    "From car enthusiasts to kids wanting to see their first concept car, the NAIAS has something for everyone," said Carl Galeana, senior co-chairman of the NAIAS 2008. "NAIAS 2008 is sure to excite and amaze our Public Days attendees with spectacular displays, cutting-edge production vehicles along with futuristic concepts. Don't miss it for the world!"

    Public Days for NAIAS 2008 are Saturday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no admittance one hour prior to show closing. Tickets for Public Days are $12 (USD) for adults; $6 (USD) for senior citizens (65 and older) and children aged 7-12 (must be purchased on site). Children six and under are free with their parent.

    To help alleviate delays at on-site ticket booths, eTickets are available for convenient online purchase at A voucher is provided with every eTicket order and can be used to redeem show tickets at the eTicket window located at the Oakland entrance of Cobo Center. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster at, or by calling 248-645-6666.

    Click and Park, found online at, provides access to select Olympia, Sterling, Miller Parking and AMPCO parking lots up to 24 hours before each show day and offers personalized directions and driving routes to each list. As each route reaches its anticipated capacity, alternate routes are sent via email to efficiently disperse the traffic going to Cobo Center. Availability of parking spaces at each lot can be found at

    Shuttle services will be available to NAIAS Public Days attendees at the Detroit Zoo and The Henry Ford. Information can be found online at the auto show's official public Web site,, in the Travel and Transportation sections. Show attendees can park at the Detroit Zoo or The Henry Ford for $5 and travel on a luxury motor coach for $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the Detroit Zoo and The Henry Ford during the days of operation, Jan. 19-21, 26 and 27. For handicapped access, contact Bianco Tours 24 hours in advance at 800-835-8904.

    The following is a list of fun, family friendly activities at the NAIAS 2008:

      Main Show Floor:
      -- Jeep
        * Exhibit features the ever popular Nintendo(TM) Wii, attendees can even
          compete against other visitors
      -- Chrysler
        * In addition to the amazing vehicles, attendees can channel their inner
          rock star playing PlayStation's Guitar Hero
      -- Toyota
        * Remember your trip to the NAIAS 2008 with a keepsake photo (limit 2
          photos per guest)
      -- Mini
        * DJs will be on hand throughout public days spinning the latest in
          dance and house music
        * Exhibit features an interactive display to design your own Mini
      -- Ford
        * PS2 Interactive Driving Simulator
        * Ford VJ asks questions and posts on plasma screens located in the
      Michigan Hall:
      -- Speed Racer
        * Check out the Mach 5 featured in the live-action film of the animated
          classic, "Speed Racer" and see a trailer of the movie due in theaters
          in May
      -- State Farm
        * Strap in and take part in the Racing Simulator, sitting in a real
        * Test your driving reflexes while playing interactive video Driving
          Challenge games
      -- DUB
        * See the latest in custom vehicles and vehicle accessories
      -- College for Creative Studies
        * Car models done by students will be on display
      -- NAIAS Food Court
        * Take a break to enjoy a snack or meal at the Food Court located in
          Cobo Arena.
        * There will be a variety of food and beverage choices for the entire
          family including pizza, nachos, ice cream, hot dogs, deli sandwiches,
          burritos, gyro sandwiches, Philly cheese sandwiches and a wide array
          of sodas, juices and adult beverages.
        * To satisfy that sweet tooth, be sure to enjoy some original Mackinac
          Island fudge at Ryba's Fudge Shop in Cobo Arena and other locations on
          the show floor.  These tasty stations produce 600 pounds of fudge per
          day at NAIAS Public Days.
      NAIAS 2008 Official Dates

    Public Days are Saturday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early access to the show is available for the disabled at 8 a.m. via the Oakland entrance.

      The North American International Auto Show
      Rod Alberts - Executive Director

    Entering its 20th 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 Don't Miss It for the World!