100_0900If you were lucky enough to attend this year’s North American International Auto Show, your head is probably still spinning after viewing the hundreds of innovative automotive designs. The event drew in more than 5,000 journalists from 60 countries—which just goes to show that the public’s love for fast, beautiful vehicles is alive and well.

Held during from January 18 to 26, the 2014 NAIAS featured more than 500 innovative vehicles and debuted 50 brand-new designs. It was essentially a four-part show, comprised of the following events:

  1. Press Preview: During January 13-14, members of the press were given a sneak peek of the industry’s most exciting annual event. In addition to viewing the vehicles, media professionals were able to network with peers and catch up on the latest news, technologies, and events.
  2. Industry Preview: On January 15 and 16, more than 28,000 representatives from over 2,000 automotive companies gathered to share insights, ideas, and opinions. It was an inspiring and exciting time for industry leaders and newcomers alike.
  3. Charity Preview: On January 17, NAIAS welcomed a wide range of children’s charities, and generously donated proceeds to those organizations. As an impressive testimony to the show’s commitment to helping kids in the community, the Charity Preview has raised more than $91 million for local children’s charities since 1976.
  4. Public Show: On January 18th, the NAIAS opened its doors to the public. Attendants got up close and personal with more than 500 amazing vehicles in this prestigious automotive showcase.

100_0992This year’s show also hosted two design competitions where proceeds benefited the DIO’s mission to assist and educate the visually impaired. In the 13th Annual Michelin Challenge Design competition, hundreds of international designers and teams submitted their prototypes, drawings, and renderings to be judged by some of the industry’s most prestigious designers. EyesOn Design Awards were presented to designers who excelled in the areas of aesthetics and innovation, concept implementation, and functionality and spirit of industrial design.

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