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The window to the automotive world and the future awaits you at NAIAS 2009 at Cobo Center. This is the last weekend to see the best the world's automakers have to offer and what could be in your garage in the near future.

Family Friendly Attractions at NAIAS 2009 Not only does the NAIAS 2009 show display more than 750 vehicles from worldwide manufacturers around the world, there are also family friendly displays such as interactive exhibits, video games and karaoke as well.

It's not a movie theater, but it's just as entertaining. Try the Taurus Theatre at the Ford exhibit - sit in a new 2010 Taurus with the exterior split in half. The two parts then close in around you so you can check out the inside, and then it opens up again. The Raptor F-150 SVT Experience is a test driving game that you can play to drive a new F-150. Before you go on the show floor, stop by to play their live game show. It's a Jeopardy-style game in which contestants are asked questions about cars in a Fox TV show or movie. Winners receive Fox swag. Denso features a hands-on exhibit featuring information on environmentally friendly products. It's karoke in a Beetle. Play "Caraoke" in a Volkswagen Beetle and sing along to some of your favorite tunes. Try out a video game riding different Ford vehicles on the Wii platform. Using a touch screen computer, build your own Chrysler or Lexus vehicle at each respective exhibit featuring each automaker's new lineup. Stop by State Farm's exhibit in the concourse to play the Safe Driving Challenge game. Test your driving skills and learn how to make safe choices on the road. Micro-Reality Stock Car Racing is a portable version of NASCAR racing. Participants stand at steering consoles driving their favorite NASCAR radio-controlled car around a 20 by 30 foot banked oval speedway, bringing the excitement of NASCAR racing directly to the fan. Located in Cobo Arena, entry is from Michigan Hall on the lower level of the auto show. Relax and refuel at the State Farm Food Court in Cobo Arena. Enjoy everything from freshly-made Mexican quesadillas to Little Caesar's pizza, made-to-order fresh deli sandwiches, Original Detroit Coney Island hot dogs, Gyros, soups, salads and ice cream treats for the kids.

Parking Options for NAIAS 2009 The show encourages all attendees to plan their trip ahead of time. Below is a list of recommended parking options.

Shuttle services are available to show attendees on Jan. 24 and 25 from the Detroit Zoo and The Henry Ford. Information can be found online at the NAIAS official Web site,, in the Travel and Transportation sections. The cost is $5 to park at these locations and $5 to travel on a luxury motor coach to Cobo Center, children 5 and under are free. For handicapped access, contact Bianco Tours 24 hours in advance at 800-835-8904. Cobo Center Parking Garage, which is attached to the Cobo Center, is available during public days. Parking costs $10 for the entire day. Other parking garages include the Millennium Garage, on Congress between Cass and First streets is available for self-parking for the event and the Miller Parking Garage between Atwater and Bates streets. 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.

NAIAS 2009 Official Dates The 2009 show will take place Jan. 11 - 25, 2009 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Press Preview was held on Sunday, Jan. 11 through Tuesday, Jan. 13. Industry Preview was held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15. The annual black-tie Charity Preview gala was held Friday evening, Jan. 16. Public Days will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 25.

About the North American International Auto Show Rod Alberts - Executive Director Entering its 21st year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. 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

Press Preview - Sunday, January 11-13, 2009 Industry Preview - Wednesday, January 14-15, 2009 Charity Preview - Friday, January 16, 2009 Public Show - Saturday, January 17-25, 2009