Nissan announced back in November that it would not have a corporate appearance at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, making it the largest automaker to abandon the show. Shortly thereafter, local Nissan dealers - including Doug Fox, the show's co-chairman and owner of Ann Arbor Nissan - banded together to buy space and offer models to display on the floor.
Nissan, however, has requested that the dealers relinquish their plans of making an appearance.
"The dealers were going to support a presence and all stepped forward," said Fox. "But the week before Christmas we received a request from Nissan to please respect their decision to not have a presence at the North American International Auto Show."
"They just said they had made a national decision not to participate in this show and they asked us to respect that."
Ferrari, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Suzuki have pulled out of the 2009 NAIAS in addition to Nissan. Nissan was originally scheduled to show its NV2500 concept, which it unveiled online, at the Detroit show.
Source: Detroit Free Press