The North American International Auto Show has long been a staple for numerous automakers, domestic or foreign. Recently, however, cracks are beginning to show.
Audi announced last week that it will not attend the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The make becomes the third German luxury brand to pull the plug on Detroit after Mercedes-Benz and BMW both announced they would also no longer attend. Volkswagen will still remain at NAIAS, according to Automotive News Europe.
As brands continue to leave NAIAS in favor of New York, Los Angeles, and the Consumer Electronics Show, the Detroit show’s organizers have been busy behind the scenes. Two distinct rumors have surfaced in recent months: a date change to October, and General Motors suggestion to hold the show in June.
In October, the show would likely feature warmer weather and the possibility for outdoor displays. Automakers could also show off new technology and self-driving cars.
The GM suggestion, a June date, could coincide with the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle, though it comes with its own set of consequences. Critics say parking could be disastrous, and cooling Cobo Hall, where NAIAS is held, may be an expensive proposition. The Midwest gets humid, after all.