• Nov 20, 2009
The closest we'll get to the Ferrari 458 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Here's an unsurprising stat for you: 60 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. that cost over $100,000 find homes in New York, Florida and California. The majority of which are parked in garages in Manhattan, Miami and Los Angeles, respectively. So the revelation that Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini won't be attending next month's LA Auto Show is -- at the very least -- surprising.

According to a spokesperson speaking with The Detroit Bureau, Bentley has decided to skip the So. Cal. show, adding that the automaker is looking for "a better use of our resources." Ferrari and its sister marque Maserati are out as well, with an unnamed source telling the industry pub, "It's just the economy. We're cutting back on a lot of things."

Given the global economic climate and its affect on high-end automotive sales, the choice to scale back isn't such a shock, but for automakers that rely on the Southern California market, it's a disturbing sign of the times. As for the rest of the LA exhibitors, the luxury market's Big Three (Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz) will be in attendance, although it looks like the lower hall will only house Aston Martin, Spyker, Fisker and -- we'd assume -- Rolls-Royce.



[Source: The Detroit Bureau]


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      WWWWHHHAAATTT????
      Do they just figure the customers will come either way?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will show in China
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ferrari and Lambo booth are not selling cars. They are overcrowded with males between 7 and 17 drooling at the cars. Anyone who is considering buying one is going to avoid the mess and go to the dealer.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which years from now sells cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, don't tell Al Pacino. He was there 2 yrs ago on a Thurs. (when it was still in Jan) with some babe. Went into the roped off area in the Ferrari booth--bought something, likely...

        I think celebs would opt to go--it's free self-advertising and if they like cars, the more better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting that Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini will still be at the SF autoshow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe this! If I were the organizers of the LA Auto Show I would get to work on finding some kind of concessions or rate cuts for all three of these manufacturers FAST. If this is true and word gets out on a wider scale they're attendance is going to go WAY down ..those three brands are the main reason why many people even go to the auto show in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved staring at the Lambos too.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        ..and the Lambo booth babes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoop-de-doo. I can't afford any of them, so no great loss for me. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      DAMN....that's about the only reason why I like to go to the show too...=-(
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      And that's quite telling isn't it? Americans still say they're the wealthiest nation on Earth, but most of the best cars go to China(or Dubai).

      Maybe it's because everything is Made in China and the people in the USA made themselves poor by exporting all their money there and importing cheap toxic garbage from China. I'm sure the Chinese auto show will have EVERY high end maker there.

      It's a sign of the times when the LA Auto Show will have a bunch of economy cars and no Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      New York, New York baby!
      But seriously, I don't think the uber-rich really go to autoshows to decide what cars to buy unless they're also investors in the company or something. And if they really want to they can just fly to Detroit or NYC.
      Ferrari, Lambo, and Bentley are basically just losing out on us normal schlubs who dream about their cars getting to see them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You gotta be kidding me!

      I was so looking forward to seeing an LP670-4 SV and 458 Italia in person. :( :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, me too. Huge bummer.

        Actually, it's pretty shocking that they won't be at the LA Show. They've been there forever and are passing up what is (was?) one of their largest markets: SoCal.

        I guess they're not counting on America so much anymore since China, Asia and India are rapidly growing markets for wealthy folk.

        Sign of the times, I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The purpose of going to a car show is to see cars like those.
      If I wanted to see regular cars, I would just go to any dealership.
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