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The show must go on! In this case, we're talking about what's arguably the most important auto show in America: Detroit. It'll be a cold day in Hell January for fans of Nissan's finest, as the Japanese automaker has officially pulled out of the proceedings. The event will still attract a huge audience, despite the horrible economic state that many Michiganders find themselves in, and there's no way that the local Nissan and Infiniti dealerships want all that foot traffic ogling every brand but theirs. Thus, none of us should find it too shocking that said dealers will be making their own display in January in Detroit.

Like the recently announced display for the Chicago Auto Show, the Detroit showing is not officially sanctioned by the mothership and it won't be staffed by professionals. At least fans of the marque will get the chance to see Nissan's latest products, sort of. Unfortunately, some of Nissan's biggest attractions won't be there, including the new Cube and the new-for-'09 370Z. Seriously Ghosn, can't you just throw these poor guys a bone by at least shipping out a single, solitary new Z?

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Does Nissan even know what they're doing?
      First a press release in Auto News to say they aren't going to Detroit & Chicago. 2-3 days later they back pedal on the Chicago auto show, probably because the dealers in one of the biggest markets freak out. Now the dealers from Detroit are gonna put up a stink and see if they can get NYAIS put back on the schedule. Maybe Nissan is in trouble in a big way too, or maybe it's being managed in America by people who used to work for the Big 3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give the Chicago and Detroit dealers some credit. The money is coming out of their pockets. I would be disappointed. If I paid good money for a car show, I want to see some cars!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, no 370Z in Detroit? I was at the rather insignificant Orlando auto show yesterday and they had one there. A GT-R too. What a shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess Nissan shot their wad already.

      They might not have a large market in Detroit, but the NAIAS is still the premiere event for the automotive world. While the other auto-manufacturers are displaying their toys, people will have already forgotten about Ghosn's lineup.

      I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but the press alone would be worth the display.
      • 6 Years Ago
      they should at least send a cube and a 370z to put on display. let the dealers pay for it but at least help them out nissan...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess they don't want to be associated with Detroit. Which is as of right now in regards to the auto industry, is synonymous with inept failure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let's not go nuts. It's very easy to kick a company when it's down but they deserve our respect for the simple fact that they are trying their level best and some of the best product in the market today is domestic. And I say this as a hardcore Mazda fanboy. But I love cars and if a company makes good cars, then it's a good car company. Simple. The Japanese support their car companies through good and bad times. We owe it to the domestic car makers to do the same. The diversity in the marketplace would be that much less if the Big 2.5 failed. I love my RX-8s and 350Zs but when a Challenger SRT-8 roars past, I can't help but smile and wave :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sid, very well said!

        I don't own a domestic either however want to give them a fair chance to get my business in future. I was looking at a few of their better ones months ago, however it won't happen unless I'm satisfied they will be around to provide parts and warranty claims.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow Detroit has now entered the rareified ranks for the Columbus autoshow and the Orange county autoshow. Replace participation by the manufacturer with a room full of car salesmen. They just put a bunch of dealer cars on the floor and the salesmen(who are just suppose to be helpful and answer your questions) try to get you to buy.. expect lots of business cards. Sigh .. It s gonna be like going to a car lot not a show. Thats depressing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      everyone here is talking about it like Nissan is "disrespectin'" Detroit, when it might be a legitimate business decision. Since I'm ignorant, can someone explain how much of an impact Nissan's absence has over the autshow.
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