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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 -
    Why You Should Follow: As the official profile of the NAIAS, it all starts here.
  2. Cobo Center -
    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 -
    WYSF: The Detroit Free Press (“Freep”) staffer mixes photography captioned with witty comments.
  4. 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 -
    WYSF: The MLive photojournalist does a great job connecting followers with the visual side of the show.
  6. Jaclyn Trop -
    WYSF: This Automotive News LA bureau reporter offers detailed coverage, from the front lines.
  7. Davy Muller -
    WYSF: This auto writer posts timely and behind-the-scenes updates live from the show.
  8. Jill Ciminillo -
    WYSF: The auto editor’s live tweeting is so immersive, it makes you feel like you’re there.
  9. Dustin Block -
    WYSF: As the MLive expansion market editor, Block’s coverage includes everyday quirks that make Detroit such a great city.
  10. Autoline -
    WYSF: To round out your experience, this industry outlet is posting exclusive video clips straight from the show.

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