Auto shows give the media time to preview manufacturers' new models and they give the public several days to ponders at least two things. They can further study the new car they're about to purchase or have a wont to buy. Or, they can dream about and stare at cars they'll never own.

Cars shows in the United Sates as well throughout North America, Europe and Asia are also are also well-known for the tradition of having sexy models, present the cars and represent the brands as ambassadors.

There are regional car shows and national events. Carmakers take diverse approaches, some subtle, others with elaborate displays. Automakers also try to outdo each other the debuting car descriptions and there are often various guest speakers and awards presented.

Automakers also try to pick the proper time of the year to debut their new styles and concepts vehicles. It's why the first major show of the year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), often called the Detroit Auto Show, gets so much attention.

Not only is the show in Detroit, the 24th year event is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.

Car shows charge admission, of course, with the exception of media and VIP attendees. Times and dates of shows may vary from advertised details. Check car shows' websites for exact show times as well as various rules and regulations.

Here's theweeklydriver.com's list of the top-10 car show in 2012:

January, 2012

January 5-8
Silicon Valley International Auto Show
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
www.SVAutoShow.com

January 9-22, 2012
North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS)
Cobo Center,
Detroit, Michigan
www.naias.com

January 12-22, 2012
European Motor Show Brussels
Brussels Expo,
Brussels, Belgium
www.salonauto.be

 

January 13-15
South Carolina Int'l Auto Show
TD Convention Center
Greenville, S.C.
www.SouthCarolinaAutoShow.com

January 13-16
Utah International Auto Expo
South Towne Exposition Center
Sandy, Utah
www.AutoExpoUtah.com

January 20-22
Memphis International Auto Show
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Memphis, Tenn.
www.Memphis-AutoShow.com

January 26-29
Pennsylvania Auto Show
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
Harrisburg, PA
www.AutoShowHarrisburg.com

January 27-29
West Virginia International Auto Show
Charleston Civic Center
Charleston, W.V.
www.WestVirginiaAutoShow.com

February

February 2-5
Northeast Int'l Auto Show
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, R.I.
www.ProvidenceAutoShow.com

February 9-12
Motor Trend International Auto Show / Baltimore
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD
www.AutoShowBaltimore.com

February 10-19
Chicago Auto Show
McCormick Place,
Chicago, Ill.
www.chicagoautoshow.com

February 10-12
Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show
River Center Convention Center
Davenport, IA
www.quadcityautoshow.com

February 17-26
Canadian International Auto Show
Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Rogers Centre,
Toronto, CANADA
www.autoshow.ca

March

March 3-13
International Geneva Motor Show
Palexpo,
Geneva, SWITZERLAND
www.salon-auto.ch/en/

February 25-March 4
Greater Milwaukee Auto Show
Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, WI
www.AutoShowMilwaukee.com

March 23-25
Virginia Motor Trend Int'l Auto Show
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, VA
www.VirginiaAutoShow.com

April

March 30-April 1
First Hawaiian International Auto Show
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
www.HIAutoShow.com

April 6-15
New York International Auto Show
Jacob Javits Convention Center,
New York, N.Y.
www.autoshowny.com

April 21-28
Auto Shanghai
Shanghai New International Expo Center,
Shanghai, CHINA
www.autoshanghai.auto-fairs.com

April 13-15
New Mexico Auto Show
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, NM
www.NewMexicoAutoShow.com

April 27-MAY 2
Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
New China International Exhibition Center
Beijing, CHINA
www.china-autoshow.com

September

September 20-27
Frankfurt Motor Show
Frankfurt/Main, GERMANY
www.iaa.de

September 29-October 14
Paris Motor Show
Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles,
Paris, FRANCE
www.mondialautomobile.com

October

October 19-28
Australian International Motor Show
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Sydney, AUSTRALIA
www.motorshow.com.au
Land Rover LRX Concept

October 2012 (dates unknown)
Prague Auto Show
Prague Exhibition Grounds,
Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
www.autoshowpraha.cz

November

November 28-December 9
Los Angeles Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, USA
www.laautoshow.com

December

December 2012 (dates unknown)
Tokyo Motor Show
Tokyo Big Sight,
Tokyo, JAPAN
www.tokyo-motorshow.com

 

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