As one of the most appreciated auto shows of the year, the NAIAS Auto Show will be missing two of the most important carmakers in the auto industry next year, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The latter company recently announced the decision during an official statement.
This is what BMW representatives stated about bailing on the North American International Auto Show next year:
“[The] BMW Group has decided to withdraw from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This decision was made as BMW is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats.”
The Bavarian representatives have also said that their job is to “communicate our ideas and plans regarding future mobility in the best way and achieve the greatest possible visibility for our products, technologies and innovations.”
BMW has had a relatively-low presence at this year`s auto event, as the carmaker was also developing new technologies and new concept cars. It is busy testing out future models, while also launching new ones, like the updated i8 coupe or the gorgeous X2 crossover.
Usually taking place between January 13th – January 28th, the NAIAS might be moved further on to October. At least this is what officials have in mind, now with the withdrawing of the two major carmakers in the auto industry.
This way, carmakers would have sufficient time to test out, prepare and announce their latest concepts or prototypes. This could also help to reduce costs. Another advantage is that the show would be held just right after the Frankfurt and Paris Motor Show, taking place in September.
In case the vote on the move could favour NAIAS, this wouldn’t take place until 2020, at least this is what recent reports from Automotive News state. We will definitely know more details next month, when officials will meet to discuss the situation. Stay tuned!