TROY (WWJ) — To get us all ready for the North American International Auto Show in January, show organizers have come out with a new smartphone app featuring pictures of plenty of hot new cars.
Created by NAIAS and sponsored by Michelin North America and Delphi, “Auto Show Passport” features dozens of galleries and thousands of photos, and transports car lovers with a brush of a finger to auto shows in Paris, Geneva, Detroit, Frankfurt, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and beyond.
NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman said Auto Show Passport will answer a common question: What are auto shows like in other parts of the world?
“That question is inevitable,” Shuman said. “Because I’ve had the opportunity to visit other great shows in Europe and Asia, I’m usually able to answer the question. But, now, Auto Show Passport will provide people with the feel of what it’s like to be a part of the excitement from the auto show floor in Paris, or Geneva, or Beijing, and so on.”
Shuman adds that Auto Show Passport will also include show descriptions, local color and cultural information about auto show host cities.
“That’s partly why we named the App ‘Auto Show Passport,’ because it’ll enable people through their smart devices to travel virtually to different auto shows, and get a feel for other countries while doing so,” he said.
To download the free Auto Show Passport App, visit autoshowpassport.com to link to Apple iTunes and Google Play store.
The Auto Show Passport features 33 galleries with more than 2,000 individual photos from 16 auto shows and events, including: Beijing; Brussels; Detroit; Frankfurt; Geneva; Guangzhou; Moscow; Paris; Shanghai; Tokyo; Cholmondely Pageant of Power; Goodwood Festival of Speed; Motorexpo; Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance; SEMA Las Vegas; and Windsor Castle Concours d’Elegance.
The app also features a favorites function that allows users to collect and save their favorite cars on their journey through the App.
There’s also a photo finder that allows users to quickly find photos that have been tagged by manufacturer, color, car type, event and year, and a sharing function that allows users to share and forward favorite photos with friends and family via text or email.
App developers say visitors to the upcoming NAIAS will be able to submit their own photos, some of which will be selected for the “User-Submitted Gallery” on Auto Show Passport.
NAIAS has partnered with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT), which hosts China’s three major auto shows in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai to launch the Chinese version of the App in China on Nov. 21.
A live Webinar to introduce Auto Show Passport will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. To participate, visit http://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/300/2693. If you experience problems listening to the webcast, send an email to email@example.com.