Registration Begins For 2007 NAIAS Automotive Education Day

DETROIT, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Students are invited to participate in the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Automotive Education Day. The third annual Automotive Education Day, presented by State Farm Insurance, will take place on Wed., Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cobo Center. Hillary Will of KB Racing LLC will serve as the featured speaker for thousands of students interested in automotive careers. School groups can register now at .


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"We are excited to provide another great opportunity for young people to experience the excitement of the automotive industry and its products," said Robert Thibodeau Jr., NAIAS 2007 senior co-chairman. "Automotive Education Day offers a rare window into the automotive world. Featuring celebrities like Hillary Will and providing one-on-one conversations with many industry insiders, we hope to entice students to learn more about the variety of career paths available within this dynamic industry."

Thousands of students from various school groups throughout Southeast Michigan, surrounding states and Windsor, Ontario (Canada's border city) are expected to participate. During the opening remarks students and instructors will receive backpacks and prize give-a-ways. The 2007 NAIAS Automotive Education Day will feature an autographing session and a chance to talk with Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing Top Fuel Dragster. In addition, Automotive Education Day will provide students in grades 8-12 with the opportunity to have informal discussions with industry experts about alternative fuel/technology, design, engineering and other diverse career opportunities. School groups will have the chance to visit the NAIAS show floor and lunch in the Cobo Arena Food Court.

Automotive Education Day 2006 attracted 5,139 students from 115 schools in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Canada. Participating companies from 2006 included DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, BMW, Subaru, Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. and Michelin. The same caliber of automotive participants is expected for 2007. NAIAS exhibitors interested in participating in Automotive Education Day may contact via email Kelly Cavanaugh at Email Contact or Sandy Herp at Email Contact .

"At State Farm we are committed to educating young people on many different career opportunities in an array of industries, including those in insurance and automotive," says Michael Soczek, marketing manager. "We have teams of employees collaborating every day with auto manufacturers and safety organizations on vehicle research, safety and design. Automotive Education Day is a great opportunity for students to talk to experts about these important aspects in the automotive industry."

Tickets for Automotive Education Day are $10 USD or $11.50 CAN per student and includes lunch. Online registration is available at . Schools should arrive promptly at 7:30 a.m. in Cobo Arena. Opening remarks will begin at 9 a.m.

School groups interested in participating in Automotive Education Day are encouraged to visit for more information or contact via email Michelle Collins at Email Contact .

About State Farm

State Farm(R) insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and Michigan, and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 79,000 employees serve nearly 72 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada. State Farm also offers financial services products through State Farm Bank(R). State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada

NAIAS 2007 Official Dates

Press Preview Days will be held Sunday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Industry Preview Days will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. The Charity Preview will be held Friday evening, Jan. 12, 2007. Public Days are Saturday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.

The North American International Auto Show

Rod Alberts - Executive Director

Entering its 19th year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS 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. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at . The drive, design and desire for cars is here in Detroit!

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