Splashy Displays Return to Auto Show

Exhibitors spend $200 million on exhibits inside Cobo Center.

The North American International Auto Show opens to the media on January 11, five days before the public gets to see the shiny cars and eye-catching displays at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The chairman of this year’s show, Paul Sabatini, says automakers have spent $200 million on their exhibits, most of which are new or different. Sabatini tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller an event this big requires a lot of advance planning. He says more than 800-thousand people attended last year’s show. The 2016 version opens to the public on January 16. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation.



  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.