Are Auto Shows Dying?
The question I posed in the headline is an interesting one. There's been a lot of consternation that auto shows are dying, set to be killed by a changing world.
Most of that narrative comes from an automotive press that goes to the media-preview days and then writes about the ills of auto shows if there's not much news being made. Never mind that auto shows are for the paying public, not the media, and no matter what happens during the press preview, auto shows are really about the general public.
So, no, I do not think auto shows are dying. I do, however, wonder what will happen with media days.
I did, however, talk to Jennifer Morand, the president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, and automotive content creator (and NACTOY juror) Jill Ciminillo, about this. Chris Tonn and I then discussed their takes and had our own chat about auto shows.
We also went in on the Tesla Cybertruck, which we saw in person for the first time (Chris and I even sat in it) before spinning it back to the auto-show conversation -- we discussed our favorite vehicle debuts of all time. Naturally, we asked Jen and Jill for theirs, as well.
Thanks for listening!
[Image: Chicago Auto Show]
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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