Volkswagen Will Skip The 2018 Paris Auto Show, Claims Reports

Volkswagen has reportedly withdrawn from this year’s Paris Auto Show, although unofficially for now.

The information was made public by French website AutoActu, which is quoting a statement by the company’s local branch.

“The Volkswagen brand is continually reassessing the relevance of its participation in international car shows”, VW explained, adding that they could organize test drives in the city during the event.

At the same time, the Group’s core brand reveals that they will present new products by organizing their own events. This has become common practice among many carmakers during these past few years, and Volkswagen will probably do it when it comes to the T-Cross small SUV, which was reportedly expected to debut in Paris.

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Even if Volkswagen won’t be present at the event scheduled to open on October 2, for the press, and two days later, for the public, Audi, Porsche, SEAT and Skoda are said to attend the show. It’s still too early to talk about Bentley and Bugatti, but the former is working on new cars, whereas the latter is said to have started showing a new Chiron derivative to potential customers, so the premise is there.

Besides Volkswagen, other automakers believed to skip the 2018 Paris Auto Show include Ford, Infiniti, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel and Volvo.

On the other hand, several companies have already confirmed their presence, including Citroen, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Smart, Suzuki and Toyota, while FCA hasn’t announced anything yet.

Note: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg pictured

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  • Matthew Daraei

    This is the beginning of the end of car shows.

    • Six_Tymes

      time will tell if your negative guess holds true. I think we will see less shows, but not completely go away.

      • Matthew Daraei

        Could be the case, but having less car shows translates into something that is becoming less common, so that would end like what Netflix has been doing on DVD sales.

  • charlie bear

    Sounds like automakers are shifting totally toward China and the emerging markets. No need to focus on the US and EU and spend lots of money on these cars shows since that they are well established.
    By the way That Touareg looks so good in blue.

  • To be fair, Paris is the one where French manufacturers show their best. Ditto for Frankfurt and Geneva, so no real surprise honestly.