Volkswagen has reportedly withdrawn from this year’s Paris Auto Show, although unofficially for now.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