A work in progress, this time line integrates key moments in the development of car culture, ideas of nature / american environmentalism and car advertisement iconography in American during the 20th century.
Created by shawndel on Mar 26, 2009
Last updated: 03/09/12 at 12:40 PM
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"The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Copenhagen Summit, was held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark...According to the Bali Road Map, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed there" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_United_Nations_Climate_Change_Conference
"The objective of the Summit on Climate Change...is to mobilize the political will and vision needed to reach an ambitious agreed outcome based on science at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen."
"Nearly 100 world leaders accepted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s invitation to participate in an historic Summit on Climate Change in New York on 22 September to mobilize political will and strengthen momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen [in] December"
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
"The NAIAS 2010 took on the global economic challenges to do what Detroiters have always done: endure, excel and exceed expectation. The NAIAS committee was proud to once again host this world-class event for thousands of top media and industry executives and enthusiasts who are attracted by newsworthy and exciting production and concept vehicle debuts.
NAIAS 2010 showcased nearly 40 total vehicle unveilings before nearly 5,000 international media from more than 60 countries, along with a host of government officials such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. In addition, more than $2 million was raised for children's charities at the annual black-tie Charity Preview. The gala featured entertainment by Detroit's own band, The Romantics, and four impromptu flash dance performances, as an added surprise. The NAIAS 2010 also welcomed nearly 715,000 attendees, up from 650,000 estimated attendees at the 2009 show.
New features like Electric Avenue, presented by The Dow Chemical Company, dovetailed perfectly with the return of an expanded Michigan Economic Development Corporation EcoXperience to underscore the automotive industry's commitment to alternative fuel solutions."
"Safety experts attribute the reductions to increased seat belt use, progress in targeting drunken driving and more enforcement of traffic laws. Others point to the sluggish economy, which typically leads fewer people to drive."
"Economy a factor
The data provided by the Federal Highway Administration showed that vehicle miles traveled in 2009 grew by about 6.6 billion miles, or about a 0.2 percent increase. That followed fewer miles logged by American drivers in 2008 and 2007.
The decline in roadway deaths follow similar patterns formed during the early 1980s and early 1990s, when difficult economic conditions led many drivers to cut back on discretionary travel." (accessed and copied on 3/11/2010: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35814610/ns/us_news-life/)
Interesting that in their offering of the economy as a major factor in reduced riving nee accidents, they do not specify that gas is expensive and a lot of Americans opted for SUV's and minivans (gas guzzlers) just a few years back. Also, the article would be more impactful if they offered some insight into accident rates. Mortality is not the only measure of safer driving locations or habits. Is their construal of relative detah rate proportionate or just a straight comparison? There remain some murkey aspects to this data discussion.
"The two countries, among the largest and fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, submitted letters to the United Nations agreeing to be included on a list of countries covered by the Copenhagen Accord, a three-page nonbinding statement reached at the end of the contentious and chaotic 10-day conference"
"The 192 nations gathered at the Copenhagen climate meeting did not formally adopt the accord, but merely voted to “take note” of it. The inclusion of China and India has only a minor practical effect but will provide a boost for the agreement’s credibility."
(accessed and copied 3/11/10)
Rich countries should commit to cutting their emissions by at least 75% and possibly even more than 95% by 2050, according to a draft United Nations climate agreement disclosed Friday, amid new tension between China and the U.S. over how much rich nations should pay to subsidize efforts by China and other developing nations to cut their emissions.
"The announcement of a possible deal with bondholders was the clearest indication yet that GM, the No. 1 U.S. automaker, is close to filing for bankruptcy under the direction of the Obama administration. It would be the biggest-ever bankruptcy for a U.S. industrial company and the third-largest in U.S. history after Lehman Brothers and Worldcom."
by Kevin Krolicki and Thorsten Severin
President Obama stands firm in his resolve to minimize continued exposure of the US economy to the failing car industry. CEO of GM is ousted and critical fiscal decisions to be made by automakers
"NAIAS 2008 welcomed more than 700,000 attendees, over 6,000 international media from 63 countries along with a host of celebrities, and drew more than 37,000 industry insiders from 2,000 companies.
Every year, the NAIAS welcomes more events, celebrity appearances and other attractions. The NAIAS is positioned well to draw top media, industry executives and production/concept vehicle debuts. In 2008, 44 worldwide production and concept vehicles were unveiled as well as 14 North American productions and concepts...
The Cobo Center expansion is a complex issue for the region. Show management remains confident that regional cooperation can happen, and Cobo Center can be expanded and improved."
Toyota investing in local Texas economy versus domestic car manufactures which outsource production. Toyota, a foreign automakers is positioning their operation as more loyal to small-town America than domestic car manufacturers.
"the best suburban yet isn't merely and extension of its heritage. It's the beginning of a new era.
"NAIAS 2007 celebrated the centennial of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association's (DADA) successful association with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Since its inception in 1907, the show has grown from a regional event featuring 17 exhibitors to an internationally-sanctioned show with over 90 exhibitors that has added more than $500 million to the metro Detroit region last year alone. Visit the 2007 photo gallery to see some of the vehicles unveiled at NAIAS 2007.
Changfeng Motor was the first Chinese auto manufacturer to exhibit from Preview Week through Public Show.
Another first... At a special ceremony, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a limited-edition cachet envelope and postmark that celebrates the 100th anniversary. The postmark and envelope were available during the NAIAS at a temporary post office set up at Cobo Center by the United States Postal Service.
At the 2007 show the NAIAS debuted an enhanced digital newsroom providing extended coverage of the show to assist journalists from both traditional and internet media outlets. The digital newsroom featured daily highlights and recaps of the show, including NAIAS press releases integrated with broadcast quality, downloadable video as well as high resolution photography.
NAIAS marked the first year the MSN Autos web page was translated into six languages and published in 10 MSN international markets including France, Germany, UK, Italy and Spain reaching millions of media and car enthusiasts worldwide.
For the third straight year, NBC Sports featured its one-of-a kind, two-hour broadcast on the incredible designs and technology unveiled at the 2007 NAIAS. "
"Celebrating its 20th year as an international show, the NAIAS is one of the longest running auto shows in the country... .ranked among the premier international auto shows of the world – Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris and Tokyo.
The NAIAS continues to be one of the world’s top international auto shows, and its increased global presence is starting to draw show goers from outside the Detroit region."
Excerpted from: http://www.naias.com/about-naias/show-history.aspx
"The 2006 NAIAS saw the introduction of 70 new vehicles including Geely, the first Chinese manufacturer to ever display in the United States. The NAIAS is a showcase for the world’s vehicle introductions and has ushered in the debut of 994 total vehicles introductions since 1989.
The NAIAS 2006 attracted 6,647 media from 62 countries on six continents, over 30% of whom were represented by the international press. In contrast, 850 journalists, 60 of whom were international, attended the 1989 NAIAS.
The event has grown steadily and broadened its reach beyond the automotive supplier industry. Its universal appeal is that it offers automotive suppliers and others who support the industry the exclusive opportunity to preview the show before it opens to the public.
While the spotlight at the NAIAS is on the vehicles on display, another major component of the show for more than 20 years has been the Charity Preview.
This black tie gala, held on the evening before the show officially opens to the public, has become one of the largest single-night fundraisers in the world. NAIAS has raised more than $65 million for children’s charities since the inception of the Charity Preview in 1976.
In 2006 the Specialty Vehicle Showcase continued to grow adding a new dimension to the show. The 20,000-square foot specialty display included a select group of OEMs showcasing the latest in niche vehicles and the hot, new trend in vehicle customization and personalization."
"Following an off-road trail blazed over a decade ago, Chrysler Group chief Tom LaSorda crashed through a plate glass window of Cobo Center Monday to introduce a new Jeep model at the North American International Auto Show.
LaSorda took his ride in a 2007 Jeep Wrangler, which crashed through the window, crossed the street, climbed the terrace steps of the Pontchartrain Hotel and climbed a Jeep "mountain. ormer Chrysler President Bob Lutz pulled a similar stunt in 1992 to introduce the Jeep Grand Cherokee."
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20060109/AUTO04/601090410/Jeep-crashes-through---again#ixzz1EjhGRO1f
"The 2005 NAIAS saw the introduction of 68 new vehicles. The NAIAS is a showcase for the world’s vehicle introductions and has ushered in the debut of 924 total vehicles introductions since 1989.
NBC produced a 2 hour special live from the show floor on the closing day of the show which attracted 8.8 million viewers.
NAIAS 2005 final attendance was 773,422 during public show."
"The 2004 show saw a record 79 new vehicle introductions, 55 of which were worldwide unveilings.
NAIAS 2004 final attendance was 808,833 for public show."
"NAIAS 2003 final attendance (810,699) eclipsed the previous show’s high of 802,301, set in 2000.
In addition to Public Days and Charity Preview attendees, the show attracted nearly 28,000 people from 1,800 companies to Industry Preview Days and more than 6,600 journalists to Press Preview Days. Nearly 40 percent of media attendees were from outside the United States."
"The Food Court was relocated from Michigan Hall to Cobo Arena to offer more space to manufacturers."
"The Northwest World Club was provided a presence in the Cobo concourse, offering amenities to media and corporate executives attending NAIAS."
"The General Motors Corporation exhibit integrated corporate identity under the G.M. umbrella."
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