Southfield (CBS Detroit) – It was talk of autos, mobility and the Motor City which took center stage as the CBS 62 MICHIGAN MATTERS crew attended the Detroit Auto Dealers Association’s event on Thursday and heard latest about the 2020 North American International Auto Show.

Rob Alberts, Executive Director of DADA in front of crowd at DADA Event.

Doug North, chair of NAIAS 20020, Rod Alberts, Executive Director of DADA, Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation for Detroit, Trevor Pawl, Group Vice President of PlanetM, and Emily T Gail, “Say Nice Things about Detroit,” took turns talking with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host of the show, while at the event held at the Detroit Beer Company.

Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain with Mark De La Vergne, Chief Mobility Innovation for Detroit (Credit: Tim Sargent/CBS 62)

North and Alberts gave updates on where plans stood to move the auto show to June next year after being held for decades in January.

Rod Alberts, Executive Director of DADA, and Doug North, Chair of NAIAS 2020

De la Vergne talked about mobility issues involving Detroit and plans to prepare for the future. He was hired for the newly created role and been there two years.

Mark De La Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation for Detroit

Gail, who launched “Say Nice Things About Detroit” decades earlier, now lives in Hawaii. She’s still a force in the Motor City and talked about how the city is doing and her efforts in Detroit where she also spends time.

Emily T Gail, “Say Nice Things about Detroit”

Pawl discussed Michigan being the Mobility Capital of the world and how the region stacks up against Silicon Valley and other places. He talked about changes of the NAIAS 2020 and how Automobility — which is part of the show — will also change.

Trevor Pawl, Group VP of PlanetM

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