DETROIT (Jan. 21, 2016) — President Barack Obama visited the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Jan. 20 to see firsthand a show floor filled with innovation in transportation technology that will help drive the future of the global automotive industry.
In his first-ever visit to the NAIAS, President Obama toured the show with 2016 NAIAS Chairman Paul Sabatini and United Autoworkers (UAW) President Dennis Williams, stopping at several exhibits that included General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet division, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co. and ZF Friedrichshafen A.G., which is developing intelligent cars for urban mobility.
Prior to his tour, the president met privately with Mr. Sabatini, NAIAS Co-Chair Sam Slaughter and Executive Director Rod Alberts.
“NAIAS is honored to have President Obama visit our great city and our international show,” Mr. Sabatini said. “His presence here underscores the importance of NAIAS and highlights the vehicles and technologies on display that made their world debut last week at press preview.”
Mr. Alberts added that the announcements “coming out of NAIAS not only impact the automotive community, but are also relevant to the U.S. and world economy. We're privileged to have the president visit today as NAIAS continues to draw the attention of government leaders and officials across the globe.”