2016 North American International Auto Show revs up Motor City

Gov. Snyder visits 2016 Auto Show

By Emily Mata

January 14, 2015

The comeback of the automotive industry — one of Michigan’s “Big Three” industries — has been a critical part of Michigan’s reinvention.   And that comeback is on full display at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. 

More than 5,000 journalists and 800,000 visitors are expected to visit Detroit’s Cobo Center for this year’s show. The NAIAS, which is comprised of more than 750 exhibits across 17 acres, showcases the latest and most innovative products from General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler, as well as various other American automotive companies.

On Tuesday, Gov. Snyder visited Detroit for the second day of the auto show. He toured the exhibits on the show floor and applauded the hard-working individuals and businesses that have helped revive the heartbeat of both the city of Detroit and the automotive industry as a whole.

“This is the greatest show that I have been to during my term as governor,” Snyder said. “Seven years ago, the auto industry was on the verge of a total collapse. This year, the auto industry had record sales. That is exemplary of the Motor City’s renaissance — Detroit has made a comeback.”

Michigan has historically been a global leader in the automotive industry. With new lightweight materials, innovative cars, and high-tech advances, the Governor is confident that Michigan will remain a global leader for decades to come. 

While the resurgence of the auto industry is boosting Detroit’s comeback, the influence of the automotive industry is felt far beyond the borders of the city. Automotive companies in Detroit are the largest source of manufacturing jobs and are responsible for three percent of the nation’s economy.

“The auto industry doesn’t just impact Detroit,” Snyder said. “The auto industry impacts the entire state of Michigan as well as the rest of the country. That is part of the reason we are so excited to watch this comeback unfold. What is good for Detroit is good for America.”

You can visit the 2016 NAIAS Jan. 16-24­­. For more information, please visit http://naias.com/