(Relaxnews) – January will be a busy month in the car calendar, with shows kicking off in India, Belgium and Japan — although all of them will be dwarfed by the enormous North American International Auto Show, which gets underway in Detroit January 9.
11th Auto Expo India
New Delhi, India
India’s booming car industry has helped make the name of giants such as Tata and Maruti, all of whom will be lining up to display their latest models to the burgeoning market at this event. Over 2000 exhibitors were on display at the 2010 event, showcasing products to over 1.2 million visitors.
European Car of the Year Finalists unveiled
The European Car of the Year process culminates at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but we’ll get
first glimpse of the seven frontrunners January 9 when the final shortlist is announced.
North American International Auto Show
Detroit, MI, United States
One of the biggest shows of the year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the preferred destination for automakers with new products to show the world. Expect major new unveilings from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler (collectively the ‘Big Three’), along with plenty of debuts from international automakers and a host of smaller names hoping to use the spotlight to crack the market.
North America’s most prestigious car awards are handed out in the first days of the NAIAS in Detroit. Who will knock last year’s winners, the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Explorer, from their pedestals?
90th Auto/Moto Salon
The Belgium Motor Show is unfortunately rather overshadowed by the huge NAIAS event in Detroit, but it’s still a great chance to see what European automakers are up to. Look out for the new outdoor electric test track and a wide variety of motorbikes.
This year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the Japanese equivalent to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, will be slightly overshadowed by NAIAS and the Tokyo Motor Show, which was held in early December, although that’s not a reason not to visit if you’re in the area. Expect hot new customizations of sporty models from Japan’s biggest automakers such as Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota.