The Dates of the 2018 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

The 2018 event will begin on January 14, close on January 28.

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is arguably Detroit's biggest event. In fact, the show's many national and world debuts help make it one of the auto industry's biggest events as well. A day after the doors of the 2017 event closed in January, NAIS had announced the major dates for the 2018 show; further details should be available later in 2017.

2018 NAIAS Dates

Press Preview: January 14 through 16

Industry Preview: January 17 through 18

Charity Preview: January 19

Public Show: January 20 through 28


We expect that tickets will be required, as usual, for the Charity Preview, the Industry Preview, and the Public Show. As for the Charity Preview, ticket prices should continue to be in the hundreds of dollars for the event, which organizers say is the largest annual single-night fundraiser in the world. Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $100 million for southeastern Michigan children's charities, according to the NAIAS.

2018 NAIAS Chairman

NAIAS also announced that its 2018 chairman will be Ryan LaFontaine, of greater Detroit's LaFontaine Automotive Group, based in HIghland, Michigan. LaFontaine, who was vice chairman of the 2017 show, replaces 2017 NAIAS chairman Sam Slaughter, of Sellers Buick, GMC, and Subaru.

2018 Focus

“We turn our focus to 2018 and look to Ryan’s leadership in carrying the show forward as the industry continues its transformation in the emerging mobility space,” says NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts. “Sam’s hard work and commitment over the past year resulted in the spectacular showcase of products and technologies that the world enjoyed [in January 2017].”

More than 800,000 attended the 2017 show, thanks in large part to a strong showing on the last day, which more than 98,000 attended.

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