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North American International Auto Show Announces Dates for 2001 Show

15 March 2000

    DETROIT - The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced 
the dates for NAIAS 2001.  Mark Snethkamp, senior co-chairman of NAIAS 2001, 
said the period of Monday, January 8 through Sunday, January 21 has been 
reserved at Cobo Center in Detroit for the NAIAS, which last January brought 
more than $400 million in economic impact to the region. 

    "Though it's become a challenging task, we're pleased once again to be
able to accommodate the scheduling needs of the automobile manufacturers and
the international media by starting the show a full week after the holidays,"
said Snethkamp.

    "For 12 years the NAIAS has enjoyed the position of being the first
international auto show of the year, and the manufacturers continue to support
it with their most exciting North American and worldwide introductions," said
Snethkamp.  "We're comfortable with these dates and believe others will be,

    Media Days
    Officially, the show will be open to the media for three days beginning on
Monday, January 8, through Wednesday, January 10, 2001, though some
manufacturers will hold corporate and concept vehicle press events on Sunday,
January 7.  (More than 7,000 media from 63 countries and six continents were
credentialed for the 2000 NAIAS.)

    Supplier Preview
    Supplier Preview, a day-and-a-half reserved for employees of hundreds of
companies and organizations which support the automotive industry from around
the world, will be held all day on Thursday, Jan. 11, and the morning of
Friday, Jan. 12, 2001.  (Some 1,174 international and domestic companies from
16 countries participated in the 2000 Supplier Preview Days.)

    Charity Preview
    Charity Preview, which raised a record $5,250,000 for 11 Detroit
children's charities, will be held the evening of Friday, Jan. 12, 2001.
Tickets for the black-tie event will go on sale later this year.

    Public Show
    The auto show will open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 13, and run
through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001.  (The 2000 NAIAS drew a record 801,000 car

    Celebrating its 12th year as an international event, the North American
International Auto Show is considered among the most prestigious auto shows in
the world.  NAIAS 2000 hosted 59 vehicles introductions (36 worldwide, 23
North American).  The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn
the sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs
d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and
manufacturers from around the world.