The Automotive News Congress, better known as the NAAC (National Association of Automotive Dealers) Congress, is held every year during the second week of January in Bilbao, Costa Rica. The Congress is intended to bring together different automobile dealers and related industry groups from all over the world to share information on trends in the auto industry. It also serves as a forum for bringing together under one roof, manufacturers, suppliers, researchers and much more.
Automotive News Congress is traditionally one of the most important events of the year for the car and truck industry. As such, thousands of delegates from across the globe are invited to attend. Along with other prominent events such as the Detroit Auto Show and International Automobile Journalists Convention, this event is considered as the largest and most attended event of its kind. In recent years, the importance of this Congress has grown as more delegates are required to be accredited by national organizations and government agencies. To accommodate this growing demand for the space, there are now two conferences instead of one being held.
The first conference, hosted by the North American Automotive Attache Bureau, or the NAAC, takes place every year and is attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world. This year, the bureau has decided to move it to a more conveniently located venue. For those interested in attending this convention, the dates are still available as usual, however the location has changed. The new date is in Bilbao. The new venue is an international standard hotel, so all attendees who travel to attend this event will need to arrange their transportation.
NAAC and other similar organizations hold numerous international events each year, but this Congress is held exclusively for automotive companies. Other organizations, such as the Detroit Auto Show and the International Automobile Journalists Convention, do offer international venues for car shows and exhibitions, but they usually focus on a domestic/foreign show only. For those interested in joining the fray, organizing a meeting with an NAAC delegate is your best bet. If you cannot make it to the United States, delegations are also welcome to attend the second international Congress. For those who are interested in travelling to the United States, a separate meeting is scheduled.
The second Congress of the auto industry is planned to take place in June of 2021. This time around, there will be four separate conferences instead of two. Although some members of the association are not happy with this change, the organization plans to stick to its original agenda. If you are traveling to the U.S., either of these car shows are highly recommended if you are a car dealer or even a private person who works in the industry.
These two conferences will be very similar, but perhaps much more interesting to attendees who travel regularly to the U.S.A. for work or pleasure. Both conventions are a great chance to meet and greet other delegates, talk with automotive professionals, and be introduced to the latest technologies, trends, and innovations in the automotive industry. You may also choose to bring your own vehicle or vehicles for trade shows to make your presence known. Either way, attending these exhibitions will give you valuable information on American and foreign cars.