• Cyrus EM Posted: 11/25/2008 10:09am PST

    This is big. Nissan is too large a player to miss this show but at the same time, it may make sense, given that EVERYONE is hurting (from GM to Toyota) to just cancel the show altogether (a bit like all the post 911 cancelations). This is a really bad time to show all the glitz...

  • Ed Posted: 11/25/2008 10:50am PST

    Yes, I fully agree, this is really big and rather amazing. I could understand if it wasn't worth for the Exotics to be here, and even for Mitsu, not being a big Seller in the US, but NISSAN?
    Who will care to drive in snow and ice to go to the show in Jan 2009? Esp. with most exotics gone?

  • Dave Posted: 11/25/2008 11:32am PST

    Are they pulling out because of money or is it because of the big 3 relation to Detroit. Does Detroit resonate failure? Nissan surprises me, who will be next? Cobo will be half empty if this continues.

  • Ed Posted: 11/25/2008 1:20pm PST

    I'd guess most, if not all of them, pull out because of $ considerations, or, better, a cost-benefit ratio so high, that is not worth doing.
    I can understand that with the Exotics, Ferrari, even Porsche, I doubt they sell as many in the Midwest as they do in NY and esp. CA, but why Nissan?

  • Ed Posted: 11/25/2008 1:43pm PST

    As far as I am concerned, I would not change my plans to attend NAIAS if Nissan did not show up, despite their new and interesting 370Z where they shed about 225 lbs over the old 350Z. I would care even less if Mitsu did not show up.
    But when ROlls, Ferrari, and Porsche do not show up, that's big, and it WOULD make me not go.

  • Dave Posted: 11/25/2008 2:24pm PST

    So should the big 3 put on one hell of a show? GM will show the Camaro, should the show the CTS coupe, wagon even thow they pulled the plug on those. How about Buick and Pontiac? Chrysler could show the public the new Phoenix engine and the duel clutch auto that they build oversees. Also Jeep could shocase the diesel Wrangler and some small diesels. Ford will show up with the new Mustang and a whole slew of new Fiestsas. Chrysler could show there electric cars and show they mean busniess (but we all know the truth). What I mean is should the big 3 take advantage of other automakers pulling out and make this a big "look what we are capeable of" show or is the NAIAS dead or dieing

  • Ed Posted: 11/25/2008 4:10pm PST

    I never understood why NAIAS has to happen in the middle of a cruel MI winter every year. Weren't those that put it together not familiar with weathe rconditions in the Detropit area? Why not have it in April, or, even better, during the Fall Colors, which usually coincides with the new model year? I bet they would almost double their old audiences.

  • Bill Burke Posted: 11/25/2008 6:13pm PST

    Hey that's great news! Maybe if Honda and Toyota pull out it would be just what the doctor ordered. Just for that let Nissan be told, I'm not going to the Tokyo show next year, I'll be too busy driving my Chrysler. Guess what, Let's kick 'em all out and maybe the press will pay attention to domestic iron for a change. I stil don"t get their love affair with imports.

  • Ed Posted: 11/26/2008 11:09am PST

    "Just for that let Nissan be told, I’m not going to the Tokyo show next year"
    The diff is that Nissan sells MILLIONS of its cars in the USA every year, while we at best sell a HANDFUL in Japan, and all attempts I remember to sell poorly made domestics (Saturns and Caddilacs) there had bombed, also because we did not care to spend the $ to MODIFY the cars to fit well with Japanese roads, while they DO spend the time and $ to make their cars different and appropriate for our roads.
    We should be at the SHANGHAI show, where GM sells millions of cars in China, and not at the TOkyo show, in the first place, regardless of what Nissan does or does not do.