• Nov 26th 2008 at 8:28AM
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The latest sign that the 2009 Detroit Auto Show could quite possibly suck is Honda's decision not to throw any press conferences. The Japanese automaker still plans to unveil the production Insight hybrid, but will do so by simply adding its Prius-killer to the show floor with the rest of its line-up.

The move comes one day after Nissan and Infiniti pulled out of Detroit all-together, which followed dropouts by Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. Honda doesn't want to spend big bucks on live introductions with special effects and big-time travel budgets when the U.S. auto market is in the crapper. The Japanese brand won't roll out any press conferences in Chicago, either. If Detroit is going to be slow, Chicago is shaping up to be a ghost town.

The question now is, who's next? The Detroit Auto Show has traditionally been the event where our Domestics bring out the big guns. With all the negative attention surrounding the financial woes of Detroit automakers, we're beginning to wonder it they too will drop the glitz and glitter. If they're getting grilled for taking a private jet to Washington, imagine the field day that would be had over big money productions that only benefit journalists.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Press Conferences are a waste of money anyway. Just post yourself on video revealing your new car on your own website.

      Money saved. Fans happy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think they would get crucified if they put on a dog and pony show. It may only be open to the press but the press then turns around and (ideally) talks up the brand/models and gets a little excitement back into the public.

      Private jumbo jets on the other hand don't serve anyone but those flying in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, now, wait just a minute! If I'm going to give extra coverage to a craptastic car on my blog, then I want some free food for attending a press conference.

      Seriously, making my own yogurt dessert at L.A. following the Kia Soul intro was worth the trip. Not a bad looking set of wheels too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There was a rumor floating about the LA Auto Show yesterday that Chrysler is going to file for Chapter 11 at 9am Friday morning. I wouldn't look for Chrysler to show up in Detroit at all. That rumor pretty much dominated everything else yesterday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like this car. Did you know they are also making an Accord SUV? Check it out...

      http://www.thecarnerds.com/2008/11/accord-cuv.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not an Accord SUV. It's a crossover based on the Accord, but likely won't look anything like it.
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Detroit Auto Show seems to be becoming the Detroit Auto No-Show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I lol'd at this.