Mayor Mike Duggan talks Detroit Auto Show comeback after pandemic hiatus

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan stopped by to discuss the return of the North American International Auto Show after a few years of hiatus due to the pandemic.

Mayor Duggan was on hand at Friday night’s charity pitch party a day before the show opened to the public and spoke about all the changes – from outdoor displays to indoor runways at Huntington Place.

“You know, I just cut the ribbon to open the show with the leadership of GM, Ford and Stellantis and what they’ve done for the city – GM with their Factory Zero, Stellantis with Jeep and Ford with the station; the city ​​is coming back,” Duggan said. “And the automakers have a lot to do with it, and it’s great to have people at the auto show again.”

Around 5,000 journalists from around the world converged on the city to cover the auto show.

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“There’s more construction going on in this town than there has been in 50 years,” Duggan said. “And people who haven’t been here for two or three years say, ‘I can’t believe everything that’s new.’ And by the time the NFL Draft gets here in April 2024, we’ll be much further down the road, but tonight is a good roundup for that.

Detroit fought to keep manufacturing in the city by automakers, and many of the end results are on display at the auto show.

“You know, it’s really special and I get to talk to them – and we don’t just have the big factories, but a lot of supplier factories that the Big Three have made a point of directing to Detroit “, said Duggan. . “And now you think about what we have with this event here. I mean, it’s like going to Cedar Point. Riding on some of these rides is scary. And then you have the monster trucks in Hart Plaza, crushing the cars. The auto show is going to spread all over downtown. It’s just wonderful.

Watch the video above to learn more about the mayor, including the shift to electric vehicles and how he imagines accessibility will be for Detroit residents for them in the years to come.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

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