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The North American International Auto Show, which will mark its 24th anniversary in January 2013, will begin a few days later than in recent years.

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association presented briefly the program for the 2013 show. January 14th and 15th are the media days, January 16th and 17th are for industry previews and January 18th is set for the charity preview. Beginning January 19th until January 27th, the show will be open for the public.

Initially known as the Detroit Auto Show back in 1907, the show had its name changed in 1989 in order to transform the event into the most high-profile showcase of new vehicles and automotive innovation in the entire world. 2008 and 2009 were quite rough for the North American International Auto Show, as the industry fell into a deep recession and the show’s venue, Cobo Center, was in doubt.

But the show got back on tracks in the last two years, and Rod Alberts, executive director of NAIAS declared that the DADA has just signed a 5-year agreement to stay at Cobo. The Center is now ndergoing a $299-million renovation and it is to be completed in January 2015. Although the show will begin a week later in 2013, officials said this won’t interfere with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.