Three major automakers have announced they won't participate in the upcoming 2016 NAIAS.

Three major automakers have announced they won't participate in the upcoming 2016 NAIAS.

MINI, Tesla, and Jaguar-Land Rover all informed Automotive News they will be skipping next month’s auto show in Detroit. NAIAS spokesman Max Muncey told our source that the companies decided to drop out because the timing of their vehicle premieres did not sync with the show’s timing.

Next year’s NAIAS will start with the press days on 11 January, while visitors can reach the Cobo Center starting two days later.

“It’s just one of those unfortunate things that can happen when automakers’ product cycles don’t align with the timing of the show”, Muncey commented.

On the other hand, Aston Martin will make its first appearance at the Detroit show since 2009 and will use some of the space left behind by the nonparticipating automakers.

“They jumped at the opportunity, so we’re pumped at the opportunity to bring them in,” Muncey added.

In other related news, MINI also told Automotive News it won’t be exhibiting at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and “this decision reflects MINI’s new product and brand strategy.” A spokesman for the company told the site that “part of the new brand strategy is focusing on selected auto shows and an increased engagement with events that increase Mini’s access to other relevant target groups.”

Source: Automotive News

Tesla, MINI, and JLR skipping 2016 Detroit Auto Show