As NADA's annual convention grew in size and scope over the years -- skipping only 1943 during World War II -- it became a magnet for newsmakers. As a result, some of the biggest news stories in the industry have broken during the convention.
Here are some examples from recent decades:
1977: John DeLorean's first prototype automobile is revealed.
1980: DeLorean shows off his latest prototype, the DMC-12.
1989: Yugo America Inc. and parent company Global Motors Inc. file for bankruptcy.
1989: General Motors announces franchise agreements with the first 26 Saturn retailers.
1990: NADA Chairman Ron Tonkin announces that he's suing Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota over fleet subsidies. Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca later takes to the stage and jokingly calls Tonkin a "pain in the ass."
1991: Toyota dealers are told they will get a full-size pickup truck. It will make Toyota the first Japanese company to enter the segment.
1993: General Motors files suit after a report on NBC's "Dateline" alleges that GM pickup trucks were prone to catch fire in side-impact crashes. Dealers watch GM's press conference, with a point-by-point rebuttal of the allegations, via satellite from the NADA convention in New Orleans.