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Old 11-24-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Nissan pulls out of Detroit auto show
Christine Tierney / The Detroit News

Nissan Motor Co. became the third Japanese automaker to pull out of the North American International Auto Show when it announced Monday that it would skip the Detroit and Chicago shows early next year to save cash.

Nissan has already unveiled the three new additions to its U.S. lineup -- the Nissan Cube compact, the Nissan 370Z sports car, and the premium Infiniti G37 convertible shown last week at the Los Angeles car show.

In weighing whether to come to Detroit and show the vehicles again, "we felt this was probably right now, not the best way to invest marketing money," said spokesman Alan Buddendeck.

"This is not a comment in any way about the importance of the Detroit or Chicago auto shows," he said.

The company said in a statement that its decision was "based on the fact that we have no major new products to show at the 2009 Detroit and Chicago auto shows as well as the current economic conditions which will impact the shows' marketing effectiveness."

Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. also said recently that they would not participate in the Detroit show. Previously, Germany's Porsche pulled out, saying the Detroit show did not reach its clientele as well as some other shows.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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...further evidence that Detroit's carbuilders are in an industrial death-spiral.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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Ouch, that's the first real big mainstream manufacturer to pull out. This is bad for the Detroit Auto Show. Pretty soon the LA Auto Show will be the big American show.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:25 PM   #4
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i honestly think the media takes a ton of relevance away from these car shows anyway. there are way too many shows, and unless you are unveiling is there really a the show schedule could be cut in half worldwide and it wouldn't make a bit of difference? i love cars but concepts not even possible/meant for production really are a waste.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #5
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wow so this is gonna be the worse detroit auto show to date?
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:10 PM   #6
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Geez... this sucks. Goes to show just how weak the entire auto industry is, that now even some fairly large automakers are willing to skip out on one of the largest shows in the US.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:41 PM   #7
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For those keeping score at home: Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Ferrari, Land Rover, Porsche and Rolls-Royce are now confirmed no-shows.

They may have to let some Chinese companies out of the basement to fill up the main hall...

Kick in Detroit's teeth: Mitsubishi IS going to Chicago...
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:43 PM   #8
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For those keeping score at home: Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Ferrari, Land Rover, Porsche and Rolls-Royce are now confirmed no-shows.

They may have to let some Chinese companies out of the basement to fill up the main hall...

Kick in Detroit's teeth: Porsche IS going to Chicago...
WOW.. Ferrari as well?

yeah.. its gonna suck.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:07 AM   #9
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Nissan? Can't top LA, so won't bother.
Mitsubishi? Nobody cares for poorly-built s-boxes.
Suzuki? Just like your local Japanese restaurant, it's all Korean inside. Let 'em go.
Rolls-Royce? Overpriced Eurotrash
Porsche? See Rolls-Royce
Ferrari? See Rolls-Royce.
Land Rover? See Rolls-Royce.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:31 AM   #10
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Nissan? Can't top LA, so won't bother.
Mitsubishi? Nobody cares for poorly-built s-boxes.
Suzuki? Just like your local Japanese restaurant, it's all Korean inside. Let 'em go.
Rolls-Royce? Overpriced Eurotrash
Porsche? See Rolls-Royce
Ferrari? See Rolls-Royce.

Land Rover? See Rolls-Royce.
These two car company is no "Euro-trash". Don't you know the racing history behind them? How can you call them, "Euro-trash"?

If they are such that, I guess all the classics sold at millions of dollars from these two company to collectors are pieces of junks?
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:48 AM   #11
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Geez... this sucks. Goes to show just how weak the entire auto industry is, that now even some fairly large automakers are willing to skip out on one of the largest shows in the US.
Honestly, I think this says more about the Detroit show than the industry as a whole. The venue in Detroit is in a pretty sorry state and much too small compared to other shows.

Detroit currently has 700k sqft of exhibition space, Frankfurt has about 2.5 mil sqft. I was in Frankfurt last year and this is what the crowds looked like on a non-public press day. Can you imagine the same amount of people in less than 30% of the space? Now picture a public day.



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Old 11-25-2008, 12:21 PM   #12
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I think it's smart. The amount of money it takes to exhibit at one of these is insane, and if you don't have some killer must-see car, save yourself the trouble. We know you're still in business, and given what's going on in the world economy, this kind of decision is a sign of intelligence and forward thinking.

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i missed the good ole days when GM had that "Autoshow in Motion". man... test driving that ctv-s and hummer was a blast.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:39 PM   #14
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i missed the good ole days when GM had that "Autoshow in Motion". man... test driving that ctv-s and hummer was a blast.
I participated in 2 of them. 1st year they had a C5 Z06, following year C6. But most ppl that went were just interested in thrashing cars and not into buying anything. While I was there, several cars had taken too much of a beating, including a 6 speed GTO.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:38 PM   #15
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The whole state of Michigan is slowly wasting away. Once GM starts with the bankruptcies, that will be greatly accelerated. Why waste money to advertise to folks who can't afford new cars? Sounds like a good idea to pull out of there.
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I see this as a good thing.

The Detroit show is always way too crowded, hopefully this will free up more space or allow wider aisles.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:45 PM   #17
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This really sucks. The only thing I was really looking forward to seeing this year was the new Z. I might skip the show this year.
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These two car company is no "Euro-trash". Don't you know the racing history behind them? How can you call them, "Euro-trash"?

If they are such that, I guess all the classics sold at millions of dollars from these two company to collectors are pieces of junks?
Eye of the beholder, my friend. I really don't care for racing history. If rich people want to blow millions of dollars on a status symbol, then that's how they roll. The price one is willing to pay to say "I've got the coolest toys" has no effect on what I think of a car company.
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