Detroit auto show reports attendance up from 2010

DETROIT (AP) -- Organizers of the North American International Auto Show say attendance by the public was up this year for the second consecutive year.

Auto show Chairman Barron Meade says in a statement Tuesday that the industry has shown the "ability to rise up from the difficult economic times."

Organizers say public attendance was 735,370, up from 714,137 in 2010. That included 75,327 on Friday, which organizers say broke the previous record for a Friday of 74,900 from 1993.

The charity preview attracted 10,500 visitors and raised $2.6 million. Thousands also attended media and industry previews.

The 2012 public show is scheduled to run from Jan. 14-22. Press previews are Jan. 9-10, industry previews are Jan. 11-12 and the charity preview is Jan. 13.

Published: Thu, Jan 27, 2011