The Acura MDX Prototype is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Photo : Reuters)
The North American international Auto Show in Detroit opened to the public this weekend, and reportedly had the best opening weekend in over eight years.
A reported 103,000 people showed up on Saturday, making it one of the best auto show openings around the world during the past year according to a report by Fox News.
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"The celebration of cars continued today in Detroit, and the show floor was packed from open to close," said Jim Seavitt, chairman of the 2013 NAIAS in a press statement. "We started the week strong during Press Preview with 50 worldwide vehicle introductions and nine North American reveals. Combined with the rapidly growing strength of the auto industry, the show has really created excitement among car enthusiasts."
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NAIAS Public Show ticket prices: Adults: $12; Seniors: $6 (65 and older); Children 7-12: $6 (6 and under: free when accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Thousands were drawn to the show, which featured the premiere of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It's been since 2005 since Chevrolet released a new Corvette, which may seem like a long time but the company has gone a reported 19 years in-between new models before. They've already stated that the next Corvette will be released a lot sooner than the 2014 model.
The media days before the public opening allowed word to get around that the new Corvette would be seen at the Detroit Auto Show, and crowds for the new vehicle were reportedly so thick you had to push your way to the front to see it.
"The most popular (vehicle) was the Chevrolet Stingray, without a doubt," said North American International Auto Show spokesperson Marc Harlow to Fox News. "The resurrection of the Stingray name and the complete redesign of the vehicle makes it just awesome."
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Another popular model so far at the Auto Show has been the Car of the Year Cadillac ATS. The Lansing-manufactured vehicle is reportedly out on the showroom floor to be made available to those who want to actually get in and test the vehicle out.
"This year we're totally hands on at Cadillac," said Cadillac presenter Jenna Strauss in a press statement. "Usually we have guard rails around the vehicles while presenting, but not this year."