Sydney Auto Show cancelled for 2009

Sydney Auto Show cancelled for 2009

Eight automotive brands failed to make the trip to this year’s Detroit Auto Show in the states and it was all doom and gloom. By comparison, last year’s Sydney Auto Show in Australia had eighteen brands decline the offer to showcase their vehicles. The shortfall of manufacturers on display contributed to a 40% dip in visitors to the Sydney show last year. Facing that same predicament this year, the options were to put on another poorly attended show or go to a biannual format and let Melbourne handle the 2009 honours.

Unsurprisingly, Sydney has opted to sit this one out. Carmakers have been pushing for just one show major show in Australia for some time now, which makes some sense given that Sydney and Melbourne although big cities to us don’t have the population to really warrant two shows. The Melbourne Motor Show will still run from February 27 to March 9 this year, and Sydney will return in October of 2010.

Eight automotive brands failed to make the trip to this year’s Detroit Auto Show in the states and it was all doom and gloom. By comparison, last year’s Sydney Auto Show in Australia had eighteen brands decline the offer to showcase their vehicles. The shortfall of manufacturers on display contributed to a 40% dip in visitors to the Sydney show last year. Facing that same predicament this year, the options were to put on another poorly attended show or go to a biannual format and let Melbourne handle the 2009 honours.

Unsurprisingly, Sydney has opted to sit this one out. Carmakers have been pushing for just one show major show in Australia for some time now, which makes some sense given that Sydney and Melbourne although big cities to us don’t have the population to really warrant two shows. The Melbourne Motor Show will still run from February 27 to March 9 this year, and Sydney will return in October of 2010.

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