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A Car Lover’s Guide to Visiting the Motor City

With an estimated 500 vehicles on display, the 27th annual NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) is expected to draw crowds of more than 800,000 over the next several days. In fact, Lear is proud to be represented in 34 new vehicle debuts at this year’s show!

Those who have come to town may be wondering if there’s anything else to do around here, outside of the main event. Despite the frigid winter weather, visitors will find that Detroit has lots to offer auto enthusiasts—this is the Motor City after all.

As car lovers ourselves, with corporate headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan (just outside of Detroit), the Lear team thought we’d share our recommendations for other must-see local auto-themed attractions. Enjoy your time in the D!

1. The Henry Ford and Ford Rouge Factory
Located in Dearborn, the Henry Ford holds one of the finest automotive history collections in the country, featuring almost 300 vehicles and an extensive collection of automotive product literature. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, located within the museum, offers a five-part experience that includes watching the assembly of the Ford F-150 truck from an elevated walkway.

Learn more at http://www.thehenryford.org

2. Automotive Hall of Fame
Next door to the Henry Ford is the Automotive Hall of Fame, honoring the men and women whose automotive innovations changed the world and revolutionized our way of life. Features include a 65-foot-long mural celebrating the impact of the motor vehicle on the world’s culture and a full-size replica of the world’s first gasoline-powered automobile.

Learn more at http://www.automotivehalloffame.org

3. GM Renaissance Center and Showroom Tour
Visitors will be guided through Detroit’s landmark GM Renaissance Center on a tour outlining the rich history that General Motors shares with the city of Detroit. The popular GM Showroom is a 40,000 square-foot display space offering an exciting, interactive look at GM’s Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC brands.

Learn more at http://gmrencen.com/happening/tourrencen.axis

4. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The recently restored Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit’s mid-town area was built in 1904 and is the first manufacturing facility owned by Ford Motor Company. Visitors will enjoy touring this birthplace of the historic Model T and the manufacturing site for earlier Ford “Alphabet cars.”

Learn more at http://fordpiquetteavenueplant.org

5. Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum’s signature exhibition “America’s Motor City” tells the fascinating stories of how cars built metro Detroit and how metro Detroit built cars, as well as why Detroit became the Motor City. This new exhibit incorporates the popular “Automotive Showplace,” featuring cars from the museum’s collection.

Learn more at http://detroithistorical.org

6. “Detroit Industry” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
The famed “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle is located inside the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The twenty-seven panel work depicting an automobile assembly line was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career.

Learn more at http://www.dia.org

7. Vinsetta Garage
All of this sightseeing will probably work up your appetite. In that case, visit the popular Vinsetta Garage, located on historic Woodward Avenue in the city of Berkley, just outside of Detroit. The restaurant is a local favorite housed inside of a converted garage, said to be the oldest service station east of the Mississippi. Be sure to try one of their mouth-watering burgers, the famous mac & cheese or a coal-fired pizza.

Learn more at http://vinsettagarage.com

What did we miss? Share your favorite Detroit auto attractions with us @LearCorporation on Twitter!

Stay in the Know: Twitter Profiles to Follow at Detroit’s Auto Show

As the 27th annual NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) gets underway in Detroit, auto enthusiasts are scrambling to keep up with all of the exciting daily news and chatter surrounding this highly-anticipated event.

The Lear team will be sharing our own breaking news and behind-the-scenes updates throughout the show (follow us @LearCorporation on Twitter!), but car lovers may also enjoy following these insightful industry profiles.

  1. The North American International Auto Show - https://twitter.com/NAIASDetroit
    Why You Should Follow: As the official profile of the NAIAS, it all starts here.
  2. Cobo Center - https://twitter.com/cobocenter
    WYSF: The official location of the show offers a peek into the interesting, non-automotive aspects of the Auto Show—yes, these do exist!
  3. Zlati Meyer - https://twitter.com/Zlatimeyer
    WYSF: The Detroit Free Press (“Freep”) staffer mixes photography captioned with witty comments.
  4. Mark Phelan - https://twitter.com/mark_phelan
    WYSF: This Freep auto critic offers a friendly view into the technical side of the new vehicles rolling out during NAIAS.
  5. Tanya Moutzalias - https://twitter.com/tjm_tanya
    WYSF: The MLive photojournalist does a great job connecting followers with the visual side of the show.
  6. Jaclyn Trop - https://twitter.com/jaclyntrop
    WYSF: This Automotive News LA bureau reporter offers detailed coverage, from the front lines.
  7. Davy Muller - https://twitter.com/DayvMuller
    WYSF: This Mlive.com auto writer posts timely and behind-the-scenes updates live from the show.
  8. Jill Ciminillo - https://twitter.com/jillciminillo
    WYSF: The Chicagonow.com auto editor’s live tweeting is so immersive, it makes you feel like you’re there.
  9. Dustin Block - http://twitter.com/dustinblock
    WYSF: As the MLive expansion market editor, Block’s coverage includes everyday quirks that make Detroit such a great city.
  10. Autoline - https://twitter.com/Autoline
    WYSF: To round out your experience, this industry outlet is posting exclusive video clips straight from the show.

Lear China Wins Advanced Green Vehicle Components Supplier Award

At the fifth annual Green Vehicle Convention, held November 12-14 in Beijing, Lear China received the Advanced Green Vehicle Components Supplier Award—the only recognition given at the event for an automotive component supplier.

During the conference, Di Xinhui, Lear’s high power engineering manager, gave a presentation on our high power technology to an audience of more than 150 representing OEMs, government officials and key suppliers. After speaking on the topic of “On Board Chargers: Cutting Edge Technology at an Affordable Price for the New Market Players,” he then joined four other subject matter experts for a panel discussion covering China’s new energy vehicle market and its future.

“This is the premier event where manufacturers, suppliers and government officials can get together and discuss in detail the future of the electrical vehicle in China,” said Xinhui.  “There is a great deal of conversation about this around the world, and here in China this is the main place to present our ideas and team to the important people in the industry.”

Other significant speakers ranged from OEMs such as BYD Daimler, GM, Dongfeng, Volkswagen, FAW, SAIC and Chang’an to smaller vehicle start-up companies and governmental departments.

“Given the complex issues regarding electric vehicles and hybrids from technology to the environment, it’s important that the Lear China team can display our capabilities in High Power to senior representatives.” explained Jay Kunkel, president of Asia-Pacific operations. “We’re proud of this award and thank everyone on the team for contributing in another effort to highlight our company.”

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Lear Brazil Partners with the United Way to Collect Books for Kids

Lear Brazil’s São Paulo office recently delivered more than 180 books collected over two weeks in a campaign to support the Centro de Ensino Integrado (CEI) Paulo and Admar. Located in the southern area of São Paulo, CEI serves 130 underprivileged children, ages one to four, who live in the surrounding community.

The effort began with the office’s desire to raise awareness and partner with the United Way of Brazil in the “I Make a Child Happy” campaign. Lear team members spent the day teaching and doing fun activities with the children.

“For me it was very gratifying to see the children of CEI Paulo and Admar smile because of our visit,” said Deise Flores Justo, financial analyst. “Lear Brazil must be congratulated for the initiative. I’m sure the difference towards major changes begins in small gestures like this one.”

“We saw the reality of this community in need and then came back with an idea of ‘I want to do more’, either how to help the kids or in improving the infrastructure of the nursery for their welfare,” added Luciana Fugita, HR analyst. “I loved the experience of giving back.”

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