For the past several years, the Detroit Auto Show has battled against CES for the attention of the media and exhibitors. Detroit conceded; 2019 was the last edition of the event held in January. The 2020 Detroit Auto Show will take place in June. Moving it places it far from CES on the calendar, and it will let organizers hold part of it outdoors.
2019 was also the quietest edition of the Detroit Auto Show in recent memory. The list of car companies who didn’t attend this year’s event was longer than usual, which reflects the industry’s waning interest in the traditional auto show model. That doesn’t mean nothing exciting happened at the show, though. Sexy sports cars we’ve waited over a decade for, new variants of the country’s best-selling models, and futuristic concept cars basked under the spotlights in the Cobo Center.