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NAIAS 2012 Press Preview Day 2: great signs of industry enthusiasm

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 just completed two full days of exciting new-vehicle introductions and upbeat press conferences signaling an enthusiasm not seen in the auto industry for a few years.

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Press Preview was a resounding success with more than 5,200 credentialed media covering the new-vehicle introductions. Over 30% of those scribes visiting the NAIAS are from outside North America, including new media visitors from Qatar, Panama and Bulgaria. Additional media are expected to attend during Industry Preview, Charity Preview and Public Show.

What does this tell you?

"The buzz is back," proclaimed Bill Perkins, chairman, NAIAS 2012. "Press Preview exceeded our expectations with more than 93 percent of the new vehicles introduced being worldwide unveilings. I think the journalists need a few days to process everything they witnessed during the 35 NAIAS press conferences."

Perkins said the new products unveiled included electric vehicles, luxury vehicles, minivans, and even a 200 mph supercar. "Cobo Center and the City of Detroit are really shining tonight!"

The NAIAS now transitions to two days dedicated to Industry Preview, followed by the Charity Preview and then the public viewing which runs through Jan. 22nd.

Wednesday at 12 noon the show floor will officially open for NAIAS Industry Preview. Industry analysts, supplier executives, designers, engineers and auto enthusiasts will compare, analyze, photograph, and benchmark the more than 500 cars and trucks on the NAIAS floor. For the record, Industry Preview early registration is running at 20 percent ahead year-to-date with more than 2,000 companies participating from 23 countries. Show organizers expect more than 21,000 visitors over the two days of Industry Preview.

NAIAS 2012 New Vehicle Introductions in Alphabetical Order

Acura ILX Sedan
Acura NSX
Acura RDX
Audi Q3 Vail Crossover
Bentley Continental V8
BMW ActiveHybrid 5
Buick Encore
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Code 130R Concept
Chevrolet Miray Concept
Chevrolet Sonic RS
Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept
Chrysler 700c Mini Van Concept
Dodge Dart
Falcon F7 Supercar
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord Concept
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Lexus LF-LC Concept
Lincoln MKZ Concept
Maserati Kubang SUV Concept
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid
Mercedes E400
MINI Roadster
Nissan Pathfinder Concept
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Porsche Cayman R
Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S
Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Shelby GT350 Limited Edition
Shelby GTS V6
Smart-For-Us Concept
Tata eMO EV
Toyota NS4 Concept
Toyota Prius C
Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept
Volvo C70 Convertible

Here is my video slideshow complete with commentary at the end.

Also note the gallery of images below the main photo here for the VW eBugster. And for Day 1 of Press Preview report, read: NAIAS 2012: Day 1 of Press Preview witnesses 27 vehicle unveilings

About the Reporter: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks, futures and writes articles, books and ebooks like, "Perfecting Corporate Character," "Awaken Your Speculator Mind", and "Millennial World Order" via He may be contacted here by email: [email protected] and followed in Twitter under @Authorfranks

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