• Nov 21st 2008 at 1:30PM
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Eight weeks from now, the 2009 Detroit Auto Show will open its doors at Cobo Hall. And... Mitsubishi won't be there. Like a handful of other high-profile manufacturers who have pulled out (including Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Ferrari, Suzuki, and Porsche), the Japanese automaker based its decision on cost – the market for Mitsubishi automobiles in the Detroit area just isn't significant enough to warrant the expenditure in today's economy. The automaker's move is rather significant as the Detroit show is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. However, skipping the 2009 show doesn't prevent Mitsubishi from coming back in 2010. Regardless of whose left at the show come the second week of January (hey, at least Chinese automaker BYD will exhibit), Autoblog will be there to cover everything in detail.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Big three will be there, it's their home turf. And as far as International Status, if more automakers like Lamborghini and Bentley decide to pull out than NAIAS will probably lose it's International Status in 2-3 years. That sucks
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Samus Aran....

      have you even been to the Detroit area? Or do you just make comments with your asshole/brain for fun?

      The cultural history of the area rivals any city in the U.S. its been supportive of the arts, theater and about any other venture you can think of. World class universities dot the land scape as a result of the tremendous wealth generated by being one of the largest industrial centers in the country for well over 100 years. And the NAIAS still has some of the best presentation/ reveals that many think can still out do Paris and Geneva.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So? 50 years ago, Kansas City was a booming metropolis, lead by aircraft production and almost all the passenger and freight traffic in the US. Today, it's flyover country and the downtown is virtually abandoned. That the way history goes, and has for millennia.
        I met a traveller from an antique land
        Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
        Stand in the desert ... Near them, on the sand,
        Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
        And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
        Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
        Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
        The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
        And on the pedestal these words appear:
        "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
        Look on my works ye mighty and despair!"
        Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
        Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
        The lone and level sands stretch far away.

        -- Percy Bysshe Shelley
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude...I've lived in 2 cities that used to be industrial giants back when American industry was king. And honestly some people are still living in the 60's in their mind, even when half the companies have gone bankrupt and the other half have left.
        I'm talking about Buffalo and Rochester (NY). Rochester had Kodak, Xerox, and all those other great powers of American engineering prowess. Sure there's still a great university there because George Eastman (Kodak) donated a ton of money along with Xerox, but unfortunately for the city Kodak's almost dead because of digital-no more film to make, and what they DO make now they outsource. Same story with Xerox-they came up with computer mice only to have Apple and Microsoft take the entire industry to the west coast while Xerox's main industry gets overrun by generic copiers.
        And Buffalo was straight up a hub of industry, much like Detroit-there's still an engine plant in town (Tonawanda plant) making those 3800 V6's, along with a whole bunch of other auto related places. But when they crumbled half the city left, and now our football team has started to play a few games in Toronto a year to try and move to a city with money. There's plenty of cultural history here-some of the greatest architects, engineers, writers, and doctors ever to have existed lived in Buffalo/Rochester, but the cities are empty shells of what they used to be. Seriously, most aging rust-belt cities have to deal with tons of costs that used to be easy to deal with before half the city's economy and people left.
        Detroit might have tons of prestige in your mind, but unfortunately when other people go they just see the modern day crumbling of the city with tons of empty houses/buildings. And if your downtown looks like a ghost town after 5 PM your city isn't a hoppin' cultural center no matter how much history it has.
        Seriously, I happen to love Buffalo, but I'm hoping something new regenerates the economy here and not pinning my hopes on a bizarre resurge of old heavy industry, or the shipping lanes of the great lakes, lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Judging from some of the otter posts you have made, you have the intellect of lime jello.

        You can say that about any of the major metropolitan centers in the US. You must live there. Congratulations.

        I was speaking more about the automotive landscape. Who cares how nice and showy a reveal they have if they are revealing piles of steaming feces?
      • 6 Years Ago
      in recent times, many aspects of Detroit seem to be failing significantly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Detroit Auto Show looks like it will be dead in short order. L.A. is where it's at anyways.

      Disclaimer: I live in the L.A. area so of course I think the L.A. Auto Show is better.
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hell, will there even BE a Detroit Auto Show next year?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      with designs like the one above (alien toad monster) they can get out and stay out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The toad monster above looks better than anything the big 3 have come up with in decades.

        • 6 Years Ago
        ZR-1, Ford GT, Viper (Coupe 1.0), GT500KR, and CTS coupe FTW!!!

        G8 GXP....meh
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Samus Aran

        So the "toad monster" looks better than the ZR-1, Viper, Ford GT, GT500KR, G8 GXP, and CTS coupe?

        Yea okay...
      • 6 Years Ago
      When one of the Big 2.8 pull out, then it's time to be concerned. When a second one of the Big 2.8 pull out it's time to worry. When all three pull out, bend over and kiss your job goodbye.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It might be a reason for a concern when the big 3 pull out. But if they didn't come you might be worried about how the economy is getting raped. Sometimes we just have to take it and give them a shot of money so it keeps things up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Samus - you my friend have the intellect of a steaming pile of feces. Not only is the economical recession to blame for the falling of the big 2.8, but ignorant attitudes such as yours. Sure domestic auto makers have made absolute junk cars in the past, but maybe you should head down to your local GM dealer and test drive a new Malibu or Tahoe. Most domestics (notice I said MOST) are on par with their rivals. Take your uneducated comments elsewhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have no grasp on reality if you think that the economic downturn is to blame for the failure of domestic automakers. That tripe was fed to you by the execs and union boss.

        The facts are, domestic automakers make inferior cars. Also, the idiotic unions have negotiated socialistic contracts for their employees that pay disproportionately high wages and have unrealistic and bloated pensions/health care/etc.

        This has been the case for years. The failure of domestic car companies has been a loooong time coming. The economy simply hastened it to it's inevitable conclusion.

        Sorry, but foreign automakers have long surpassed anything we make in this country. I wish it were not so, but it is. The unions unfair and foolish demands have guaranteed the demise of their own jobs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll agree Unions are a big part of the trouble, but not as much as your giving them credit for. You say domestics are inferior...proove it. One can argue consumer reports quality ranking until blue in the face, but the domestics have done very well in both full and mid-sized cars segments, as well as full size luxury. As usual the domestics have also dominated the truck segment.



        I'm a gear head in general, and while I'll admit I'm slightly biased towards American cars, I have owned several imports including Toyota, Mazda and BMW. No vehicle is perfect, and I was not impressed with imported quality over any other domestic car. Foreign vehicles really have nothing over its competition in any particular segment besides sub compacts. In fact the domestic luxury segment has come quite far to excede performance and on-par quality of big names like BMW and Mercedes. Give me some cold hard facts to work with here, not just your opinion. And you'd be extremely hard pressed to convince me that the domestic auto makers troubles are their own fault and nobody elses. BrianFL nailed it on the head in post from another article:

        "I didn't say it wasn't completely there own fault. GM at the top of the housing bubble broke even when the economy was good. When it started going down these last 2 years is when D3 sales really started to tumble. Then the Gas crisises hit which was a big blow and everybody blamed Gas prices for their Slumps. But guess what? Gas is under 2 bucks for the first time since 2005. So why haven't sales picked up for them. Remember everyone said it was because they built only gas guzzling SUVs right? Wrong. Its the current state of the economy right that is killing them!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        You guys need to stop feeding the troll.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The $25 billion question: Will GM be there?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The REAL $25 Billion question... Will DETROIT be there?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They do have the new LaCrosse and CTS Coupe that are presumably ready to be shown officially.

        GM should make it priority to show new and innovative product like the Cruze and Volt to show that it is still a viable company that is worth helping.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I highly doubt it. I mean my doubt is so high, airplanes will look at me and say 'damn that's high'
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't the loss of 6 brands that have a combined total of around 350,000 cars sold in the U.S. means the death of an auto show. Especially when total sales are over over 15,000,000 I just don't see how that means DEATH.

      Mitsubishi makes a couple nice cars but that's it. They have barely participated for the past 10 years anyways and are usally tucked in a corner or sandwiched between two major displays. So it's a good business move to pull out. It just means more room for Hyundai!

      Ferrari and Porsche really don't need autoshows. If someone can buy one of those cars I believe they already know pretty much all there is to know about it. You don't "shop" for a Ferrari, you just buy it because you're not looking for a "good buy".

      If a company like Nissan or VW pulled out I would be a little more concerned but not when Mitsubishi bails. Remember, there are a many international suppliers in the Detroit area like Aisin, Yazaki, Continental and Akebono just to name a few. They all have a vested interest in the Detroit show and the cars displayed there.
      • 6 Years Ago
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