The North American International Auto Show makes its way to Detroit this month. In this sponsored post with A Girl’s Guide To Cars, I share important information on what you need to know before attending the auto show, why steel matters, and how you can win a $100 Gift Card plus FREE tickets to the Detroit Auto Show! 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

It’s Time for the Detroit Auto Show + Giveaway for tickets and Grand Prize!

It’s that time of year again- time for the Detroit International Auto Show! I went to the Detroit Auto Show for the first time last year, and it was a BLAST! If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know I love to talk about a variety of cars, including reviewing them and how they fit into my lifestyle.

Going to the Detroit Auto Show last year, and also this year, I get a chance to learn about what’s new in the auto world, get a first look at new vehicles rolling out in the next year, and talk to the automakers.

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

This year, I am excited about going back to the auto show since we are looking to purchase a new SUV (or van) this year. Although I have a few specific vehicles in mind, I would love to explore all of my options before driving one off the lot.

Last year I learned valuable information about how and why steel matters when it comes to the safety of vehicles.

If you’re not familiar with the steel industry is working with automakers to make cars lighter, but continue to make sure they are strong and safe. As someone who is in and of cars, road trips by myself and with my family, being in a vehicle that is safe is essential.

Autonomous Driving Is a Thing

Last year during the Detroit Auto Show, I learned a lot about autonomous driving. This freaks me out a bit, but I’m also curious about hopping into a car and not driving. In some ways, this could be a great thing. Think about the reduction in accidents from people not having to worry about the road. If you like to take long road trips, you could keep driving without stopping to take a nap or find a hotel for the night.

Like it or not, autonomous driving will soon be a thing we will have to adapt to- and I’m pretty excited about it. When it comes to autonomous driving, steel plays a big role. Here’s why. With autonomous driving comes the essential need for sensors. Sensors in vehicles must understand the environment around them, other vehicles and infrastructure. Unfortunately, the cost of sensors in vehicles is not cheap. We already see sensors in the newer vehicles coming out, and I’ve witnessed them in action in some of the 2017 and 2018 models I’ve driven in the past year. With this added cost, you still cannot shortcut on safety. This is where steel matters. 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Why Steel Matters

With all of the added costs and investments into making autonomous vehicles, “lightweighting with advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) provides the greatest value for the automaker, which in turn cuts costs for the consumer, without cutting strength and a sense of security. Steel has an impressively high value compared to alternative materials making it the easy choice when it comes to the best protection while offsetting the price of additional sensors and batteries for autonomous vehicles.” {source}

Using steel in vehicles has also proved to be the lowest greenhouse gas emissions making this a sustainable choice for automakers. “At the end of a vehicle’s life, steel still beats aluminum. Its physical properties allow products to be continuously recycled into any other steel products without loss of quality, saving vital resources for future generations.”

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

 

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public January 20-28th, 2018.

How to get tickets for the Detroit Auto Show:

Location: 

Cobo Center

1 Washington Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48226

Dates and Times

Ticket information:

Early access for handicapped individuals 8 a.m. each day
Enter at the Hall C Entrance only

Saturday, January 20 – Saturday, January 27, 2018
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 28, 2018
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Ticket Pricing

– Adults: $14 per person
– Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
– Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)
PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show.

eTickets

New this Year! With valid payment, you will receive a purchase confirmation as well as all purchased eTickets immediately upon completion via email. See more about eTickets by going here.

Get more information on tickets and other 411 by going here. 

As part of my partnership with A Girl’s Guide to Cars, one lucky person will win a grand prize of a $100 Gift Card AND two tickets to the show. Nine winners will get a pair of tickets to the auto show. Follow the prompts and enter below: 

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Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight January 19, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Michigan. Winners will be notified by email by January 20, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the North American International Auto Show, Cobo Center at 1 Washington Blvd. , Detroit, MI 48226 between January 20, 2018, and January 28, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $30 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded, and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.