Detroit has long been synonymous with the American automobile. In fact, the Motor City has even hosted an annual auto show since 1907?with the exception of World War II, when all our cars went overseas to serve as in the USO's demolition derbies. But the war also brought dramatic changes to the auto industry, leading some forward-thinking auto dealers to explore the cars of Japan and Europe. Up until that point, the Detroit Auto Show had always been a regional affair. When those dealers returned, they brought back an entire world's worth of automobiles, and in 1989, the Detroit Auto Show became the North American International Auto Show.
Here are a just a few milestones achieved since the expo began:
1,359 new vehicles introduced
Approximately 18 million attendees
50 vehicle introductions alone in 2014
There's still a palpable sense of excitement each year at North American International Auto Show. Car manufactures from around the world come to show off their latest models, and the general public can expect to see more than 500 vehicles on display. Event organizers hand out awards for innovative vehicles, posters created by students, and photos that attendees snap of cars across the auto show.
For a virtual trip across the auto show, browse this photo archive of past years' events.