BMW Pulls Out of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

In a major blow to the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, BMW is following Mercedes and pulling out. This follows Ferrari, Porsche and others who have pulled their brands from what was for decades the most important motor show in the world.

That said BMW’s official statement leaves open possibility to return:

“BMW Group has decided to withdraw from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This decision was made as BMW Group is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats. The overall goal 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.”

In the past the NAIAS has been an incredible showcase for global automotive brands. The lavish introductions and after hours events were stuff of legends. It’s a shame this part in automotive history might be fading.

Here’s a quick behind the scenes of the show over the past few years.

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  • Herr26

    Someone has come up with the ludicrous decision to move the NAIAS to October which is unacceptable as bi-annually you have the larger Paris Auto Show and the Tokyo Auto Show.

    The decision to remove itself from the NAIAS in 2019 is due to the arrival of new product and that the main focus in the opening of 2019 will be the all new BMW 1er Sporthatch which will launch in early 2019 before a World Premiere in March @ Geneva. The 1er will not be sold in the North American market.

    The NYIAS is also under threat as per evidence of the ongoing event BMW did not have a press conference nor a new product launch except for its MINI brand. Preferring to wait until Aprils annual Auto China which alternates in Beijing this year with two World Premieres the Concept BMW iX3 and BMW M2 Competition.