The Miami International Auto Show celebrate its 46th annual this year. The premiere event in 1971 at the Miami Beach Convention Center - its home ever since then - was an auspicious opening. It was among a handful of major auto shows in America. Literally. Five cities offered auto enthusiasts a full-fledged professional display of the latest models: New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Now there are 60 annual auto shows and the South Florida production is still among the largest.
The first show was produced by a 65-member Miami Auto Dealers Association. Today, 190 dealership members belong to the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, a name it adopted in 1975 when dealers from Broward and Palm Beach County joined the group. The dealership association -larger than some state dealer groups - produces annual shows in Miami-Dade and Broward counties that have generated millions of dollars in proceeds to local charities.
This signature South Florida event is back for its 46th annual edition with popular returning exhibits, including Topless in Miami's display of convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, a spin-off of Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s. Ride & Drive events, including Camp Jeep will also be back at Convention Center Drive.
The SFADA has served its members since 1933 in one of America's fastest growing car markets. Our thriving corner of the Sunshine State accounts for one-third of all new car sales in Florida, while Florida ranks behind only California and Texas as top state producer.
This tip of America's prosperous peninsula is also the front door to Latin America and the Caribbean. We enjoy a cultural impact that adds not only luster and excitement to an already-exciting industry, but also provides for one of the fastest growing segments of the population's Hispanic drivers.