Ford, GM, Chrysler to skip Tokyo auto show

Ford, GM, Chrysler to skip Tokyo auto show
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First Published: Thu, Jan 15 2009. 09 37 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Jan 15 2009. 09 37 AM IST
Detroit: Detroit’s automakers said on Wednesday they will not attend the Tokyo Motor Show planned for October, saying that their priorities in a down global market lie elsewhere.
Officials at Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said on Wednesday that the companies would not participate. GM officials told Automotive News, a trade publication, that it will not attend the show in an effort to cut costs.
Ford spokeswoman Jennifer Flake said the company will use other ways to make Japanese car buyers aware of its vehicles.
“In this time and in this environment, participating in the Tokyo Motor Show is not our highest strategic priority,” she said.
Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau said the company has told organizers that it will not be at the Tokyo show.
The Tokyo Motor Show, a biannual event, will still be held, a spokesman for the group sponsoring the show said. He denied reports Wednesday that a cancellation was possible.
All three US automakers are displaying new vehicles and concept cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month. The show is one of the largest events for US automakers, all based in Michigan.
But Japanese automakers Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are not at the Detroit show, as a global slowdown in sales has forced many companies to rethink which show they attend.
Others have found ways to cut costs at the shows. GM, for example, eliminated thousands of square feet of elevated flooring and the second story of its display area at the Detroit show.
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