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2014 North American International Auto Show reaches successful conclusion
11:31 PM, Jan 26, 2014
WXYZ (DETROIT) - Its been over a decade since the North American International Auto Show attracted numbers like this.
This year's public show drew 803,451 people to Cobo Center, the most since 2003.
It's not just the cars that are shining brightly these days. The auto industry is humming again.
The introduction of the all-new Ford F-150 pickup was one of the highlights of Press Days at the show.
Chevrolet also had plenty of reason to smile during the show, earning car and truck of the year awards for the Corvette Stingray and Silverado.
The attendance figures are gratifying to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. The 2014 show marked the 25th anniversary as an international event.
"We've come a long way in 25 years since the 'Detroit Auto Show' became the North American International Auto Show," said Bob Schuman, NAIAS chairman. "It was a privilege to see some of the members of the 1988 auto show committee, like David Fischer, Ken Meade and Gordon Stewart, who developed the plan that turned our show into one of the top in the world."
50 vehicles were unveiled during the show.
5,169 journalists from 60 countries and 39 states covered the event.
The glitzy Charity Preview attracted a crowd of 13,826 people, raising $4.8 million for children's charities in southeast Michigan.
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association projects the total economic impact of the auto show at $350 million for Detroit and the region.