2016 Auto Show floor plan for Washington mirrors 2015
The 2016 Washington Auto Show continued preparations for the end of January time frame with its pivotal annual event, the Space Draw. Here, automakers determine for themselves where their exhibit will be in the W.E. Washington Convention Center. The event was the usual combination of serious business and fun.
If it ainêt broke, donêt fix it is a crude way to put it, but the Auto Show floor plan from last year lays out well for everyone this year, especially the OEM exhibitors who determined it, said Auto Show Chairman Geoff Pohanka, referencing last weekês Space Draw in DC.
Weêve got the luxury brands all grouped together on level one, with the Detroit Three and Toyota well situated on level two which creates a logical exhibit presentation that in turn facilities visitor traffic flow and the wow factor when consumer days begin, he said.
OEM space is up by about 5% for 2016, over 2015, reported show manager Bob Yoffe who presided over the Space Draw. 2016 WAS consumer days number 10, Fri., Jan. 22-Sun., Jan. 31.
It is helpful, too, that the 2016 NADA Convention has moved out of conflicting dates with Washington Auto Show as was the case this year, said Barbara Pomerance director of show communications, media and promotions. The absence this year of any conflict with NADAês Convention will be especially helpful, Pomerance said, to Industry Media Days, or Public Policy Days, which preview the 2016 WAS for members of Congress, the Cabinet members, high ranking federal officials and all levels of media. Weêre looking at a lot of options for Public Policy Days next January, including the prospect of a Cannon Office Building industry symposium and some unprecedented ride-and-drives on downtown Washington streets, she said.
All OEM exhibitors from 2015 were present or accounted for at this yearês 2016 Washington Auto Show Space Draw, which happened last Wednesday, July 22, at the historic Carnegie Library, directly across the street from the W.E. Washington Convention Center where the show will occur.
Joining Pohanka on the Auto Show Committee for WANADA are: George Doetsch, Apple Ford/ Lincoln; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; John Ourisman, Ourisman Automotive Companies; Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai; Mark Zetlin, Mercedes-Benz of Arlington; and former Washington Auto Show chairman, Charles Stringfellow.Download Bulletin PDF