Skipping the Paris show follows FCA’s decision not to take part in the Frankfurt show last year, and the two shows alternate as the biggest autumnal automotive show in Europe. Volkswagen will also not attend the event, and neither will Ford, Nissan or Infiniti. This has become a problem for car shows worldwide, including Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.
FCA has not released a formal statement about the matter, but a FCA spokesman, quoted by the French magazine L’Argus, reportedly said that the sales and publicity brought in by the show stand would not justify the costs of attending. The news mirrors Volvo’s newly announced plan to not take part at the next Geneva Motor Show, but to arrange “bespoke activities” to introduce its cars instead.