Audi Drops Out Of 2019 Detroit Auto Show After BMW, Mercedes

The North American International Auto Show might want to consider changing its name as Audi has decided to join BMW and Mercedes by announcing plans to skip next year’s event.

In a short statement to Autoblog, the automaker said they have “had a long and successful history at NAIAS, debuting countless models that Audi customers enjoy today.” However, the company went on to say they have decided not to participate in next year’s show.

Audi declined to say why they are dropping Detroit but the company noted it will evaluate auto shows on a case by case basis. The automaker added auto show attendance will be determined by the “timing of our product introductions and the value the show brings from a media and consumer perspective.”

Audi didn’t rule out the possibility of returning but the announcement is the latest in a series of blows to the North American International Auto Show. The Detroit show is being particularly hard hit as it is facing increased competition from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Besides CES, a number of auto shows are becoming increasingly irrelevant thanks to the internet which allows consumers to easily get the latest automotive news and compare vehicles online.

While Audi is pulling out, Automotive News talked to a Volkswagen spokesperson who confirmed the brand will be at next year’s show. If this is the case, the company could be the only German automaker in Detroit.

NAIAS organizers have been considering a number of moves to stem the exodus and reports have suggested they want to move the show from January to October. The warmer weather could improve attendance and give automakers an opportunity to showcase products outside. The move would also distance the show from CES but put it right between the Frankfurt / Paris and Los Angeles Auto Shows.

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  • Six_Tymes

    awww, look at me shed a tear. bub bye audi…

  • TrevP

    WTF

  • donald seymour

    Good, we don’t need yo funky tail anyway.

  • Rocket

    But of course. Where Moe and Larry go, Curly’s never far behind.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Lol

  • Dennis Scipio

    I have no personal opinion on this, but… okay then?

  • Merc1

    Well now it really is the “Detroit” auto show. You can drop the “North American International” part.

    M

  • dumblikeyou2

    Move the show to a different time of the year instead of the dead of Midwestern Michigan winter maybe that’ll help?

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      And try to make the roads suck less. Last time I went my car as almost swallowed by a gaping hole in the roadway. NAIAS is no longer a relevant event for most.

  • Autoexperte

    dieselgate

    • Daniela Wolf

      Nobody cares.

      • Autoexperte

        I’m not a nobody.

        Wolf is the codename of the founder of Volkswagen and Wolfsburg, Adolf Hitler.

        • Daniela Wolf

          Yeah u told me that three times now. 😛

        • DantesLegions

          only a nobody would call themselves an auto expert lol

          • Autoexperte

            I´m not a nobody of the nobodies which Wolf mentioned in her sentence “nobody cares”

          • Dan

            what are you on? christ almighty, nobody cares about diesel gate.

  • CJKnox

    I’m German and therefore I’m out……

    • DantesLegions

      u wont be missed. auf wiedersehen

  • Jason Panamera

    I’m wondering if there is any hidden reason behind it.

  • Bash

    So?

  • Kagan

    Not much left.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “Volkswagen spokesperson who confirmed the brand will be at next year’s show. If this is the case, the company could be the only German automaker in Detroit.”

    They haven’t brought anything really good to the States in MANY years. So why bother? To show the latest ill-designed Jetta or the Passat R-Line? Or maybe the year old Arteon? Just stay home if you aren’t gonna bring more models and more PERFORMANCE models to the U.S.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    VW has been passive aggressive for a decade regarding the US. Dangling models in front of us that will never US roads. Now they are just watering everything down and giving us the US spec Golf R and the rest is just Toyota rivaling basic transportation. The diesel scandal and the way the US handled it was the last nail in that coffin.

  • bonzomatic

    This is coming from a dude who has airbrushed ta ta’s as his profile picture.

    • benT

      the Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band airs its orifice in public again !!

      OR IS IT BOZO ??

      :?>

    • benT

      Perhaps you could get yourself a copy of WinZip and undo a few buttons – you appear very tightly bound up in your own version of

  • Status

    You’re one of those people who insist on incorrectly pronouncing GIF as JIF, aren’t you?

    • benT

      WELL !!!
      The GIF format is the development of the Compuserve internet services company of the 1980’s and I was then form 1987 one of their clients. AOL was their primary competitor and compared with the Roman Catholic church for its secrecy and obfuscation of reality.
      I have use the internet since 1983 when only libraries and a couple of universities had it here in Australia and then only for research and was therefore only text-based. Hence the GIF format was developed in order to attempt tho place actual images across the internet to enhance the uses it was then very much limited to by virtue of 300 characters per seconds transmission rates available unless you were in the military.
      A system I developed back then brought speed s of 2400 baud to the table.
      I was doing at the time.

      :?>

    • benT

      your not wider than you are tall are you ??

      Your avatar portrays a somewhat gormless ghost of a withdrawn introvert attempting to overcome a permanent lack of confidence!
      ;|?>

  • pxsupply

    Been going to the Detroit Autoshow with my friends for the last 6 years. We stay the weekend there and enjoy the city and the cars. Why should we go any more? Volvo, BMW, Audi, MB, Porsche, Mini, Ranger Rover/Land Rover (more?) are all out. The Chicago Autoshow is now a much better show than Detroit. Feel sad for this traditional American Auto Show but I don’t see how they can revive this.

    • Nordschleife

      Chicago is becoming the SEMA of OEM’s now but you’re right st least the big automakers still show for now. I used to live in Chicago when premiers at that show were exciting, now it’s just special edition packages of already shown models. Now I just go to the LA show now that I live in San Diego.

  • DantesLegions

    TLDR but do you feel better now that you vented? lol

    • benT

      Thank you, yes.

  • Nordschleife

    I remember them saying that as well.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Shite…

    ….oh well….