DETROIT (WJBK) - A big change regarding the North American International Auto Show has been announced. Organizers of the show say the event will soon take place in June instead of January.
The switch won't be happening immediately. We'll still have one more winter auto show, with next year's being January 14-27, 2019. Then in 2020 we'll get the spring debut.
Organizers have been talking for a while about how to "reinvent" the auto show, so to speak. Several automakers have recently opted out of the Detroit NAIAS.
A statement says the move will allow exhibits and activities to take place outside of Cobo Center, perhaps at Campus Martius or along the Riverwalk at Hart Plaza. These activities could include outdoor debuts, test rides and demonstrations like off-roading.
Organizers also envision this becoming a month-long festival that includes the Grand Prix, as well as the 4th of July Fireworks that always happen the last week of June.
Organizers say the change also will help cut costs, since exhibitors won't be setting up during the Thanksgiving to New Year's Day holiday period.
The 2020 show is expected to debut the week of June 8. More will be announced in the coming weeks about the big move. Stay with FOX 2 for all the details.