• Nov 24, 2008
Following the lead of Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, Nissan has announced that it won't be present at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, otherwise known as the Detroit Auto Show. But Japan's third largest automaker is going one step further than the others and also pulling out of the Chicago Auto Show in February.

You may recall that Nissan blew its wad, so to speak, at last week's LA Auto Show where it unveiled the new 370Z, Cube and Infiniti G37 Convertible. With nothing left to show save for a commercial van concept called the NV2500, Nissan felt its marketing money could be better spent elsewhere. No word yet on what'll happen to the NV2500 that was supposed to debut in Detroit, but at this rate we fully expect to have a large team of bloggers on hand in early January who are bored to death on the show floor of Cobo Hall. Thanks, economy.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Your Las Vegas show is nothing compare to the LA Auto that goes on until Nov 30th.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Your Las Vegas show is nothing compare to the LA Auto that goes on until Nov 30th."

        Really?

        Ya think?

        Please note the sarcasm this time.

        Hey! Wait a minute! Were you being sarcastic with that L.A. has a better auto show than Vegas crack?
      • 6 Years Ago
      sad :(

      I hope they don't pull out of the DC show this winter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are too many of these industry auto shows anyway. There is one like every week. One has to go away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as these guys don't pull out of NY or Toronto I'm still happy since I can get to either fairly easily.
      Then again, I lost my ipod last year sitting down in all those Cadillacs (damn you new CTS!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      It says more about US auto market and related industries than about Nissan and other "pull-outees"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll still be there. Come see me. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would anyone want to visit Detroit anyway??
      • 6 Years Ago
      It makes sense that given that they have shown off their big guns now, as they have nothing major to show (other than products specific to other local markets), their money is better spent elsewhere.
      On the other hand, I think this spells doom for the 2009 NAIAS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        NAIAS is die'n fast. once LA changed its dates, it was all over. why else would anyone want to go to detroit?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Different market. The Canadian market is still doing pretty good and Toronto is the key show so ironically Toronto will probably have more automakers there than Detroit this year. Unfortunately though it isn't the same. You don't get too many world premieres of new designs in Toronto. In the golden years every automaker pretty much unveiled all their new stuff for the North American market in Detroit. One auto show with all the excitement. In Toronto we are lucky if they ship the concepts they already unveiled at the other shows though they are promising a few "North American premieres" this year you wont see anything you haven't already seen pictures of on the net. It is nice to at least see the ones they do send in real life though.

        I was thinking of making the trip down the 401 to the Detroit show this year but I am starting to wonder if it is worth it. Not that Nissan has ever been much of a highlight for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Out of all the listed manufacturers pulling out of Detroit, Nissan is the only mainstream large manufacturer. It doesn't bode well for Detroit as this could open the floodgates for other similar sized manufacturers to pull out as well. Honda and Toyota could very well miss the show, as there will some pent up frustration from the local UAW members.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, this is bad.

      I think this is because of some polling done at the L.A. auto show where it was something like 80% of the people attending where NOT in a market for new vehicle. So it does make sense and since Nissan has already shown it's two new entries there is no point to go to Detroit and Chicago.

      Before everyone says "goodbye Detroit" remember Nissan is skipping Chicago as well. So it's not a nail in the coffin or anything but it will look ugly. I just hope it doesn't damper the move to renovate and expand COBO because it desperately needs it.

      On a funny note, Detroit lost Nissan and a few others for the show and it cannot even hold onto the top spot in crime! Jeez, way to go New Orleans, thanks!!! ;-P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, I hope they can afford to go to the auto show in Philly. It shouldn't be that expensive and they better show up in NY.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fu Nissan!!! Im from Chicago. whatever i didn't want to see you anyways! lol
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