The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the biggest events in the global motoring calendar, kicks off next week. Several awards are up for grabs including the North American Car and Truck of the Year gongs. The Tokyo Auto Salon offers something for modified car enthusiastics in Asia and Retromobile begins January 22 in Paris.
2010 North American International Auto Show
North America's capital of cars hosts one of the largest global shows in the motoring calendar, NAIAS. Last year, 650,000 attendees poured through the doors of the Cobo Center in Detroit; as the car industry begins to bounce back this year, organizers are expecting the wraps to be taken off more than 30 new models. Winners of the Michelin Challenge Design and the EyesonDesign Awards will also be announced. Open to the public January 16-24.
2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year
Organizers have narrowed the shortlist down to three cars and three trucks - the car finalists are the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf whilst truck finalists are the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect and the Subaru Outback. The jury is composed of automotive journalists, writers and broadcasters from across the US and Canada.
Tokyo Auto Salon
January 15 - 17
The world's largest custom car extravaganza - Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 - takes over the Makuhari Messe convention center, with around 600 vehicles on display, as well as presentations by custom shops, car manufacturers and parts firms.
RetroMobile is known as the "Pebble Beach of Europe" (a reference to the prestigious classic car auction), and is expected to welcome over 120,000 visitors to the 35th year of the show. Auction highlights include a 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster that has recently surfaced after 70 years at the bottom of Lake Maggiore.
Chicago Auto Show
February 10 - 21
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Chicago Auto Show spans 1.2 million square feet of space and displays over 1000 vehicles. With more space than is available at other events, manufacturers stage large exhibits here, such as test tracks and even rock concerts. This year will be the 102nd edition, making it the oldest show in the world.