FCA, Among Others, To Skip Out On 2018 Paris Motor Show

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the latest to to skip out on the European expo that is the Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen and Lamborghini will also miss it.

FCA joins the growing list of automotive brands that are pulling out of the 2018 Paris Motor Show that is scheduled to take place from October 2 until October 14.The Paris auto show takes place biennially, as it shares its spot on the calendar with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The two events alternate every other year.

FCA will be keeping three of its major brands, Fiat, Jeep and Alfa Romeo, away from this year’s event. Interestingly enough, those are actually the group’s main brands in the European market. Neither Dodge nor Chrysler no longer compete in the European sector at this point. This is the first time that Fiat and Jeep will have skipped a major auto show. According to AutoPlus, Fiat suggests that these motor shows are no longer a must as part of its ongoing strategy.

Ford, Infiniti, Mazda, Opel, Subaru, Volvo, Nissan and Mitsubishi are also anticipated to be absent from this expo. The Volkswagen and Lamborghini brands will be sitting this one out as well. Other brands under the Volkswagen marque, like Audi and Porsche, will be in attendance. Maserati and Ferrari are both still expected to make an appearance at the Paris show.

"Volkswagen even made a statement explaining that, “The Volkswagen brand is continually reviewing its participation in international motor shows.”"

You can also expect that Smart, BMW, Mercedes, Peugeot, Citroen, Hyundai,  Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Toyota, Lexus, and Suzuki (among others) will be there in full force. As for the others, it is not uncommon to pull out from auto shows – especially when the brand has nothing new to showcase.

Sometimes the costs outweigh the benefits, so you may be seeing fewer and fewer brand displays are various international shows. North America’s largest show in Detroit in January is even spurring a possible date change to avoid conflict and suit more brands. More on that information soon.

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Take a look at the clip below which showcases some of the highlights from the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

What do you think about FCA and these other automakers’ decision to skip out on the Paris Motor Show? Do you think it’s the right choice? What cars are you looking forward to see at this year’s show? Let us know below. We look forward to reading your comments.