Come one! Come All! [FIMG=LEFT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/591/NAIAS_2010.JPG[/FIMG]Mike Sirach - CleanMPG - Sept. 23, 2009 The auto show season has begun and momentum is building. More manufacturers are expected in January at the 2010 NAIAS in Detroit as auto sales are coming back. The show hopes to boost attendance to pre 2009 levels as 650,517 walked through the gates marking a decline from 2008 when over 702,000 entered the Cobo Center. These numbers are still dwarfed by NAIAS 2003 when 810,699 passed through the gates. 2009 NAIAS also pumped an estimated $350 million into the Detroit economy. Any auto aficionado will find a multitude of mechanical masterpieces to inspect, photograph, and perhaps even talk with the designers and engineers. Entering its 22nd year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. NAIAS has announced that in addition to the Michigan Hall Stage in Cobo Center's lower hall, there will be a second state-of-the-art stage on the main show floor in the Detroit Hall. The new stage, complete with an 18-foot turntable, will be available for use by NAIAS OEM exhibitors for presentations and/or press events. There are no stage rental fees to OEMs and use of the stage will be based on requests received and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The space will accommodate seating for 200 with additional standing space for up to 1,000. In addition, NAIAS will provide exhibitors with amenities to include the following: A high-definition projection system that includes 16-foot by 9-foot screens at center, right and left of the stage. Full teleprompter system access. A sound system to include a 24-channel mixer, two podiums and two wireless microphones and amplifiers. Theatrical lighting with a full overhead truss system to complement the stage as well as full rigging support and a control console. "Cost-effective solutions and innovation are what our exhibitors, industry and show are all about," said 2010 NAIAS Chairman Doug Fox. "It makes perfect sense for us to provide a staging area that meets the expectations of our exhibitors and audiences. This new venue has a complete high-definition experience with video, projection, lighting, sound and graphics all in a turn-key venue. We are providing maximum value with access to resources that provide the ultimate service and experience--a great combination for all involved." Press Preview - Monday-Tuesday, January 11-12, 2010 Industry Preview - Wednesday-Thursday, January 13-14, 2010 Charity Preview - Friday, January 15, 2010 Public Show - Saturday-Sunday, January 16-24, 2010.