By popular demand, the ASNA Summer Meeting will return to the fabulous Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, July 7-8, 2017.
Plans are well underway so mark your calendars, but make note of some changes: the Summer Meeting will take place on Friday and Saturday
this time around. And, the day-and-a-half event will follow the ATAE Summer Conference, which takes place on Thursday and Friday.
After 13 years, the return to The Broadmoor will no doubt bring memories, says ATAE President Jennifer "Paul Abdul" Colman.
"Who can forget (some would like to) the infamous 'American Idol' theme, which quelled the sensibilities of participants," said Abdul-Colman. "When Gerry Murphy serenaded Don 'Simon' McNeeley... and when keynote speaker (then Chrysler PR boss) Jason Vines rode a bike to the stage for reasons still unknown… all under the critical eye of MC and Meeting Chair Rod 'She Bangs, She Bangs' Alberts. These and other memories are sure to flood back like a devastating tidal wave."
ASNA was established in 2002, and its Summer Meetings, which have been held every year since, were intended to level the playing field, and give all shows - no matter their size - equal opportunity and access to manufacturers and other important auto show partners in one place, and at one time.
Over the years ASNA Summer Meetings have been held from coast-to-coast and attended by hundreds of people who have come together to network, exchange ideas and work toward the common goal of making auto shows great. Whether at roundtable discussions, interactive panel discussions, or cocktail receptions, ASNA meetings have provided a positive environment for development of productive working relationships and lasting friendships. Please watch for more details about the 2017 ASNA Summer Meeting at The Broadmoor in the coming weeks.
, a former GM vice president and the first African-American design chief for the automaker, is one of the four notables to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame
this year. Welburn, who retired last year after a 44-year career with the automaker, was referred to as "the man who brought beauty back to GM" in a statement by the Hall of Fame on his nomination. Other inductees include Alberto Bombassei
, founder of Italy's Brembo Brakes; Jack Roush
, an entrepreneur and racing team owner; and August Fruehauf
, who founded Fruehauf Trailer Co. and is credited with inventing the semi-trailer. The induction ceremony for this year's class of the Automotive Hall of Fame is scheduled for Thursday, July 20. Tickets are available by contacting Kerry Doyle at email@example.com
or by phone at (313) 240-4000.
Two veterans of the exhibits industry have recently joined MC2 (MC-squared), an exhibit and event marketing company based in Southern California. The latest moves are by Carrie Wigh
, previously National Exhibition
Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, who joined MC2 as an Account Director in November 2017. Two months later, in January, Jason Gobeyn
, who was Vice President of Business Development at Dearse, joined MC2 as a Vice President.
The two moves followed that of Michelle MacRae
, now a Senior Account Director, who joined MC2 in November 2016. She was most recently at Dearse and before that served as Event Marketing Manager at Mitsubishi Motors North America, where she had worked for 12 years. Both Wigh and MacRae are now based out of the firm's Los Angeles office. Gobeyn is based in Chicago.
, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, says the introduction of a fully autonomous vehicle appears to be about five years away, but don't expect self-driving cars to be the dominant form of transportation for another 20 years. Foxx, who served under President Barack Obama, oversaw authoring of the first guidelines for the vehicles. Acknowledging that the technology is moving forward quickly, Foxx said introduction of the fully autonomous vehicle will be carefully controlled. He made the comments early April at the SAE International World Congress in Detroit. Foxx said the market will likely influence the rate of adoption, but business relationships between manufacturers and other services will also be key. He also added that consumers are becoming less interested in owning or leasing vehicles.
A new study by AAA says about one out of every three U.S. drivers would not be able to handle a sudden vehicle repair without going into debt. With the average repair bill now running between $500 and $600, a major engine and transmission issue could push that into the thousands. "Millions of Americans are failing to set aside a car care fund to pay for the upkeep of their cars," said John Nielsen
, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "To avoid a surprise down the road, drivers should budget for monthly payments, insurance premiums, fuel costs and the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair."
A study by Navigant Research
, a firm that closely follows development of high-tech automotive hardware and software, says Ford Motor Company is now in the lead in a race to develop an autonomous vehicle. The study, released in April, acknowledged the automaker's early skepticism about the commercial prospects for automated driving but has shifted its efforts since Mark Fields became CEO in mid-2014. Since then, the automaker has been making aggressive moves "through a combination of strategic investments and development of supporting business models." Navigant's study used 10 different criteria that included the strategies used by each company to actually put self-driving vehicles on the road.
In a response to strict new emissions rules in China that favor battery powered vehicles, Ford Motor Company says it plans to offer an assortment of new electrified models for that market, with versions of most of its models to be available by 2025. "The time is right for Ford to expand our EV lineup and investments in China," said Mark Fields
, Ford president and CEO, who explained that the automaker is "prioritizing our electrification efforts" to reflect the importance of China. The Chinese government, responding to smog issues facing cities like Shanghai and Beijing, is now enacting monthly registration limits. Electric vehicle buyers would be exempt from the restrictions. The government also plans to subsidize the manufacturing of electric vehicles, passing the savings on to consumers.
Buffalo, the upstate New York community known for being the dumping ground for lake effect snow coming off the Great Lakes, got a break this season, the result being a significant bump in auto show attendance.
But show manager Trey Barrett
also cites a number of attractions as reasons for the successful event, among them the return of Toyota's Ride and Drive and, for the second year in a row, the appearance of Gigamaxx
, a robot-inspired, nine-foot tall machine that interacts with attendees.
"People just flocked to see him," said Barrett, who works with ATAE Paul Stasiak
of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association in organizing the show. "These folks did not disappoint. They were great."
The show also welcomed a group of local super hero enthusiasts, billing themselves as the Superhero Alliance of Western New York
, "costumed entertainers" who help raise funds and awareness for local charities through appearances.
Another Buffalo Auto Show tradition is the appearance of various sports team veterans. This year, the "Legend Line" from the NHL Sabres was the feature, with Danny Gare
, Don Luce
and Craig Ramsay
appearing together for autographs.
Barrett, who is a hockey fan, said he and Paul Stasiak typically brainstorm which group of players they'll try to bring to the show.
This year they enlisted Gare to narrate TV and radio commercials that helped tie in his appearance at the show.
"Our fans are definitely into this kind of thing," added Barrett. "It was a popular move."
Given the proximity of the General Motors Tonawanda engine plant, an exhibit that saw an engine being stripped down and rebuilt was another popular feature that returned this year.
Barrett worked with four retail partners to help drive advance ticket sales, among them Tops
, Dash's Market
, and NOCO Express
, as well as the show's official website (www.buffaloautoshow.com
A distracted driving simulator provided by the New York State Police was also part of the show.
To cap it all off, auto show attendees will be given free admission to the May 20 opening event at >Holland International Speedway
by showing their auto show ticket stub.
Profile: Buffalo Auto Show
Feb. 9-12, 2017
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
110,000 square feet
$10, Adults (gate price); FREE, Children 4 and under. Presale: $8 Presale Discount Tickets and $30 Family 4 Pack available at Tops, Wegmans, NOCO and Dash's. $8 tickets also available at www.buffaloautoshow.com.
Thursday-Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10 am-7 pm.
Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association
ATAE Paul Stasiak|
President, Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association
Trey Barrett, show manager
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the big feature addition was the debut of AutoMobili-D (AMD) a pre-show combination of technical displays and industry presentations that focused on personal mobility
and autonomous vehicles. Organizers say AMD was so successful, they expect it to become a major part of the Detroit show.
Made possible as the result of a $300-million Cobo Center
renovation, AMD is just getting started, with the potential for NAIAS to take up another 30,000 square feet of display space next year, adding to the 120,000 square feet that was occupied by AMD alone in January.
AMD essentially took shape in the form of a rendering and was then sold to some 120 companies that exhibited, including startups, tech companies, automotive suppliers and state and local government initiatives. Also included were more than 100 guest speakers who joined panel discussions to talk about the latest industry trends related to a rapidly evolving industry.
Much of what was discussed included progress being made by companies such as Google and Intel, both key players in the development of an autonomous vehicle, and the technology required to make this a reality.
Show spokesperson Max Muncey
, who works with ATAE Rod Alberts
of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, said he was particularly impressed with some of the interactions between various panelists, who at least in one instance, took a media question then tapped an executive from another company to help answer that query.
"I think those kinds of interactions were at least in part due to the layout and flow of the communities we were able to create with AutoMobili-D," said Muncey.
Still, the main floor of the NAIAS offered a variety of both production and concept vehicles, including the expected complement of world debuts.
Media attendance was up this year, said Muncey, who pointed out that a new mix of journalists in attendance were covering the venture capital industry.
The show partnered with a group of influencers, organized by Scotty Reiss
, whose SheBuysCars.com
site includes regular postings by female bloggers. Under an arrangement with NAIAS, several of those were at the show to connect with their readers in what amounted to a "great fit."
The NAIAS also works with other organizations, one being Twitter, which linked with the show at least in part because of its executive audience. "Twitter has a goal of being in front of decision makers," noted Muncey. "Our show delivers that C-level executive."
Another highlight of this year's NAIAS was the Charity Preview, the largest annual single night fundraiser in the world, having raised more than $111 million total since 1976.
This year's event raised $5.1 million for local children's charities.
Profile: North American International Auto Show
Jan. 14-28, 2017 (Preview for media and industry started Jan. 8)
1 million square feet
$13 adults (13 and over), $7 seniors (65+), $7 children (7-12), FREE children 6 and under.
Sat., Jan. 14 to Sat., Jan. 27, 9 am-10 pm; Sun., Jan. 28, 9 am-7 pm.
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
ATAE Rod Alberts|
Executive Vice President
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
Among the strategies employed by Tam Webb
in her role as show manager for the Midlands International Auto Show in Omaha this season was to take advantage of an audience already familiar with the Century Link Center, where the show takes place.
Using geo-fencing technology, attendees at various basketball events leading up to January's auto show received a timely reminder on their smartphone, inviting them to the show. A similar message would appear on Facebook if the attendee was online.
Webb, who works at the Omaha World-Herald, manages the show on behalf of ATAE Loy Todd Jr.
and the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association.
Good weather was seen to be at least partly responsible for a slight attendance uptick (1-2 percent) over last year, says Webb.
Other strategies employed this year included leveraging the opening of a new Maserati dealership, Woodhouse Maserati of Omaha
, something Webb pushed in her advertising for the show.
"The dealership had announced their opening just a couple of weeks before the show, so this was very timely for us," said Webb.
Even beyond the new Maserati dealership, Webb adds that relationships with local dealerships in Omaha are a critical element in the success of the Midlands International Auto Show, especially given the size of the market.
That said, Webb points out that the Omaha market is relatively affluent. "Part of that is the whole Warren Buffett thing," she said.
The auto show also benefits from a very active car enthusiast community, with various private collectors making their vehicles available for display.
While cars and trucks are clearly front and center, there were also a number of motorcycles and snowmobiles available for viewing.
A particularly popular selection was one Webb markets as her "private collection"Ñas many as a half dozen high-end exotic vehicles that are sealed off in custom Plexiglas frames and guarded by a Douglas County Sheriff deputy who was paid not to leave the area.
"We make a big deal of the private collection cars," adds Webb. "One reason being that these are vehicles that aren't typically seen in Omaha, especially in winter, and people like to see them. It's fun and it's exciting."
Profile: Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 26-29, 2017
>Century Link Center
194,000 square feet
$9, Adults; Children (7-12) and Military (with ID), Seniors (65+), $6, FREE 6 and younger
Thursday 11 am-9 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
ATAE Loy Todd Jr.|
Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association
At this season's Philadelphia International Auto Show, it was a good year in a number of respects, says Mike Gempp
, the show manager and colleague of ATAE Kevin Mazzucola
, who serves as executive director of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Starting with a bump of five percent in attendance and the great weather, Gempp says the show continues to be intent on providing a variety of experiences.
"We want the manufacturer displays out there to show and compare, but we're also big believers in the importance of bringing everything automotive to the public," he said. "Even if someone isn't in the market for a vehicle, we want them to get the chance to be excited about what they see here."
Exotics are one of the areas that Gempp and his team have been able to focus on with success.
"We had one of the largest displays of exotic vehicles that we've ever had, including adding Karma to the line up this year," he said.
From a marketing perspective, show organizers worked with Chatterblast
, a local Philadelphia area company, to provide a significant push on social media. "They helped us big time," said Gempp.
Also new to this year's show was a great selection of vehicles that have made it to the big screen, something that resulted from polls done through the University of Pennsylvania, which has been doing exit surveys for some 17 years.
Building on that interest, the show brought in a "Back to the Future" Delorean, the "Cuts" vehicle from "Dumb and Dumber," an original Batmobile and the Ecto-1 from the newest "Ghostbuster" movie. Also included was a car from the "Fast and Furious" series.
"Some people came specifically because of those displays," noted Gempp.
On the lower level of the Philadelphia Convention Center, some 125,000 square feet was set aside for the DUB show, featuring a collection of aftermarket tuned vehicles and displays from local shops.
"We've always had positive feedback from this section of the show," says Gempp. "This really pushed us over the top as far as our user ratings. People liked being pushed to the edge with the displays and we're happy to do our part in that."
The show also featured a large display of vehicles from local car clubs, something that continues to surprise and amaze Gempp. "They're a rare breed for sure but we're very happy to work with the clubs, especially as it's a great way to get cool rides in the show and the passion their clubs bring to the table can't be matched."
Profile: Philadelphia International Auto Show
Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Over 650,000 square feet
$12, Adults; $9, Military; $6, Seniors (62+ weekdays only); $6, Children (7-12); FREE, Children 6 and under.
Saturdays, 9 am-10 pm; Sundays, 9 am-8 pm; Weekdays, Noon-10 pm
Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia
ATAE Kevin Mazzucola|
Executive Director, Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia
Auto Show Director, Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia
As one might expect, the Silicon Valley Auto Show was one that very much focused on the technology consumers can expect to seeÑeither currently or in the months and years to come.
The four-day event, produced by ATAE Stephen Smith
and the Silicon Valley Auto Dealers Association, continues to build on its "Future of Drive" theme, a logical one given that it's in the heart of tech.
But it's the partnerships that were particularly newsworthy, says show spokesperson DeeDee Taft
Among them, the show worked with the Center for Sustainable Energy
, a San Diego-headquartered nonprofit organization that provides clean energy program design and management and technical advisory services.
"They were on board with us with plug-in vehicles and charging stations," said Taft.
Also featured at the show were representatives from San Jose State University's mechanical engineering department. Students joined professors from the school in demonstrating the "latest and greatest" electrified and alternate fuel race cars, all of which were intended to give those attending the show a glimpse of what to expect in the near future.
The show also highlighted its partnership with the California Fuel Cell Partnership
, which brought several vehicles.
And the show was one of the first to have a Chevy Bolt, the all-electric GM vehicle that's now on the road, for a public test drive.
"That was a huge hit," said Taft.
But it wasn't just alternative fuel vehicles that were a hit at this year's Silicon Valley Auto Show. Also of interest were several high-end vehicles, among them the Bentley Bentayga SUV, models from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls Royce as well as the Lucra LC470 two-door roadster.
Profile: Silicon Valley Auto Show
Jan. 5-8, 2017
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
340,000 square feet
Adults, $11; Seniors, Children (7-12), Military, and Students (under 21 with school ID), $8; children under 6 admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Thursday-Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10 am-6 pm.
Silicon Valley Auto Dealers Association
While it won't be as quickly as ATAE Sean Brickell
of the Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association would have liked, there is an easing of a severe space constraint ahead at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Thanks to an agreement with the City of Virginia Beach, which owns the facility, an additional 30,000 square feet of space will become available, but not until 2019.
As Brickell explained, that delay was due to a previously contracted event using the additional space, a ballroom that hadn't been accessible to the show.
"We could have had access for one year but then we would have had to give way the next year, so we thought it would ultimately be better just to wait and then have the additional space on a permanent basis," said Brickell. "Otherwise it would have been too confusing. It was better to wait an additional year."
In the meantime, the Virginia Beach event continues to be as popular as ever.
"For the sixth consecutive year we sold every inch of the show," said Brickell. "In fact, we had to turn away more than a dozen very good vendors."
Brickell was particularly pleased by Ford Motor Co. donating some 1,200 tickets for military personnel this year, a gesture that he sees continuing, and possibly expanding, in years to come.
There was also at least a couple of vehicles made available to the show, the result of its spot on the calendar, a week before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including a brand-new F-Series truck that had previously been seen only on a TV commercial featuring NFL veteran Terry Bradshaw.
"That sort of thing gets people really excited," said Brickell.
What gets Brickell excited is knowing that the Hampton Roads International Auto Show comes around in January every year, a time when advertising rates are lower and when people are looking for an opportunity to shake themselves out of the "post-holiday blues" that they might otherwise experience.
That's true even in the Virginia Beach area, where a stable economy that's related to the military accounts for nearly half of every dollar spent that success continues to flow through to the auto industry.
Profile: Hampton Roads International Auto Show
Jan. 13-15, 2017
Virginia Beach Convention Center
175,000 square feet
$10, Adults; Children 12 and younger FREE
Friday and Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association
ATAE Sean Brickell|
Executive Vice President
Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association
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