Detroit Council wants a 2021 auto show to remain in Motor City


Detroit – The battle for the Motor City auto show is not over yet.

The city council sent a resolution to a committee for review Tuesday calling on the Detroit Auto Dealers Association to reconsider relocating the North American International Auto Show from the TCF Center in 2021 and continue its ongoing presence in Detroit by he kept the contract signed in 2018 to hold the show in Cobo (now the TCF Center) every year until 2026. “

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The resolution has to be approved by the Neighborhood and Community Services Committee before I can be voted on in the entire Council. A dissolution does not require any obligation on the part of DADA, which runs the automatic show.

In a statement, Rod Alberts, DADA’s executive director, said the organization “actively plans” to host a Detroit auto show in 2022. Alberts also said the association is in talks to host an outdoor nonprofit event in the city center this summer. Further details are expected shortly.

“We understand, respect, and value the position of Detroit City Council and Wayne County. However, current restrictions on the size and scope of indoor events make it impossible for DADA to commit to a full-scale indoor event in 2021, “he said.

“There is too much uncertainty about the ongoing pandemic. Subsequently, our decision was based on cautious safety and business reasons. The Auto Show has been an integral part of Detroit for decades and will continue to be when the pandemic is behind us.”

The Detroit Auto Show generates approximately $ 400 million in economic activity each year. This year’s cancellation is a major economic blow to a city already grappling with the global pandemic.

DADA announced in January that NAIAS would not take place in Detroit this September. Instead, DADA is planning an outdoor event in the M1 hall in Pontiac. The event, called Motor Bella, will take place September 21-26 and will feature next-generation mobility displays and vehicle debuts.

Concerns about hosting large crowds indoors led show officials to develop an outdoor event. The last auto show took place in January 2019 before the show’s moderators moved on to a summer event that was due to take place in June 2020, but the pandemic resulted in their cancellation.

General Motors Co. plans to have a presence at Motor Bella, but plans are still being developed, said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of communications operations and corporate donations.

Ford Motor Co. declined to comment on the story. Stellantis NV could not be reached for comment.

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Dusty Kennedy