Detroit Auto Show Opening Jan. 18

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Jan. 18 after a week of media and industry previews, dates to 1907, when a group of dealers held a show in a city park.

The show was largely a regional event showcasing Detroit automakers until 1989, when the name was changed to the North American International Auto Show and Toyota and Nissan used it to introduce their new luxury brands.

The annual event has since grown to be one of most important shows on the auto industry's calendar. Last year, more than 795,000 people - including 5,200 journalists from around the world -attended the show. This year, at least 50 new vehicles will make their debut.

As part of the show Education Day will take place Jan. 22 at Cobo Center.

Education Day, which is in its ninth year, focuses in part on automotive-related technologies. Students will be able to see hundreds of vehicles on display and explore industry-related subjects. They'll also be able to access online lesson plans related to the show.

The U.S. Army, in partnership with colleges, universities, nonprofits and businesses, will host workshops for high school students and educators during Education Day. The workshops aim to expand interest in auto development, design, production and promotion.

The auto show opens to the public Jan. 18-26.




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