He walked around Cobo Center as crews are hard at work putting the finishing touches on scaffoldings, screens and other parts of the auto show sets. Organizers say this show will be stronger than any other show you've attended in the past.
"I know it probably doesn't have much interest for a lot of people with gas prices the way they are, but the Chevy Volt is made in Detroit and I want to see the new version of that!" Duggan says.
A total of between 40 and 50 reveals are expected at the show, from both American and international auto makers.
This is a very boastful year for the U.S. auto industry, having its best year since 2006. More than 16.5 million vehicles were sold for The Big Three in 2014.
The mayor says the comeback of the auto industry mirrors the comeback of Detroit, and 5,000 journalists from 60 countries will be writing not just about bankruptcy or auto bailouts but instead the auto show that promises to be bigger and better.
The North American International Auto Show is January 12-25, 2015. The public will be admitted to the show beginning January 17.