There were big crowds through the doors on this first day of the North American International Auto Show. Many say that the US auto makers are the stand-out in the show this year.

WWJ’s Stephanie Davis spoke with Larry McGloghlin, a retired Ford employee, who was impressed with the new offerings at Ford. “Oh, big time, beautiful cars-I like the new (Ford) Focus, the Explorer everything looks real nice.”

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens to the public Saturday, January 15 and runs through January 23. The doors to the main floor open at 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. (But there will be no admittance after 9 p.m.)

The annual auto show brings hundreds of thousands of people to Cobo Hall over the public show days. Monday, the national observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. is often one of the busiest days at the auto show, as students and parents both find themselves with a day off.

Give yourself plenty of time to find parking. The Detroit People Mover is great way to navigate in order to avoid the traffic in and around Cobo Center.

Detroit People Mover stops are usually a short walk from most parking lots and Cobo Center/NAIAS 2011 is one of the stops on its route. The cost is 50 cents per person.

Wear comfortable shoes or boots and pack light-you’ll most likely come home with a volume of material about cars you can dream about driving one day.

Click here for more auto show information.


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