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AP PHOTOS: Detroit auto show through the years

FILE - In this April 27, 1937, file photo, men work at the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The annual Detroit Auto Show has ...
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1975 file photo, crowds visit the 59th Detroit Auto Show in the Cobo Arena in Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of buyers and car...
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1975, file photo, American Motors' board chairman Roy D. Chapin checks over the company's new sub-compact Pacer during a previ...
FILE - In this Jan. 1989, file photo provided by Pontiac, the new multi-purpose-vehicle, Trans Sport is shown at the North American International Auto...
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1993, file photo, Eddie de Santis and the Singing Strings perform during the Detroit Auto Dealer's Association preview party at...
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1993 file photo, thousands of people visit Cobo Center in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. (AP Photo/Len...
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1993 file photo, then ASG Inc. chairman Heinz C. Prechter, center, points out the features of a Hummer as then Michigan Gov. Jo...
FILE - In this  Monday, Jan. 4, 1999 file photo Volkswagen AG chairman, Dr. Ferdinand Piech, poses next to the next generation beetle at the North Ame...
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, file photo, an unterior view of the Etimos console by Johnson Controls of Grand Rapids, Mich, is unveiled at the ...
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, file photo, journalists crowd to view the unveiling of the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle at the North American I...
FILE - In this  Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 file photo, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is shown on exhibit at the North American International Auto Sho...
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, file photo, visitors roam during opening day of the North American International Auto Show check the Audi vehi...
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, the Audi exhibit is shown at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroi...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, file photo, Dr. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., talks about the The Nissan Resonance, ...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this April 27, 1937, file photo, men work at the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The annual Detroit Auto Show has ...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1975 file photo, crowds visit the 59th Detroit Auto Show in the Cobo Arena in Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of buyers and car...

Auto Show History Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1975, file photo, American Motors' board chairman Roy D. Chapin checks over the company's new sub-compact Pacer during a previ...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 1989, file photo provided by Pontiac, the new multi-purpose-vehicle, Trans Sport is shown at the North American International Auto...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1993, file photo, Eddie de Santis and the Singing Strings perform during the Detroit Auto Dealer's Association preview party at...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1993 file photo, thousands of people visit Cobo Center in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. (AP Photo/Len...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1993 file photo, then ASG Inc. chairman Heinz C. Prechter, center, points out the features of a Hummer as then Michigan Gov. Jo...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 1999 file photo Volkswagen AG chairman, Dr. Ferdinand Piech, poses next to the next generation beetle at the North Ame...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, file photo, an unterior view of the Etimos console by Johnson Controls of Grand Rapids, Mich, is unveiled at the ...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, file photo, journalists crowd to view the unveiling of the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle at the North American I...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 file photo, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is shown on exhibit at the North American International Auto Sho...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, file photo, visitors roam during opening day of the North American International Auto Show check the Audi vehi...

Auto Show History Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, the Audi exhibit is shown at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroi...

Auto Show-History-Photo Gallery

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, file photo, Dr. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., talks about the The Nissan Resonance, ...

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit auto show, which opens to the public on Jan. 18 after a week of media and industry previews, dates to 1907, when a group of dealers held a show in a city park.

The show was largely a regional event showcasing Detroit automakers until 1989, when the name was changed to the North American International Auto Show and Toyota and Nissan used it to introduce their new luxury brands.

The annual event has since grown to be one of most important shows on the auto industry's calendar. Last year, more than 795,000 people -- including 5,200 journalists from around the world -- attended the show. This year, at least 50 new vehicles will make their debut.