The Detroit 3 are on track to being no-shows at the Tokyo Motor Show again this year, despite Japan's efforts to woo reluctant foreign automakers with a new month and venue.
The show's organizer, still reeling from a string of eleventh-hour dropouts at the last event in 2009, says most European brands -- including the major German ones -- have signed up this year.
But General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group have yet to R.S.V.P., says an official from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, which organizes the event.
JAMA officials will be at this month's Detroit show trying to win over the locals, he added.
Tokyo, held every other year, was once the premier show in Asia. But in recent years, it has become overshadowed by the Beijing and Shanghai exhibitions.
The 2009 show was nearly scrubbed after a rash of cancellations by international carmakers because of the global financial crisis and Japan's waning market influence.
Among the first to pull out were the Detroit 3. They were followed quickly by Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes. Just weeks before the event, South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. stunned show organizers by dropping out.
In the end, just two minor foreign carmakers attended: German boutique manufacturer Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen and British sports car maker Lotus.
After polling foreign automakers about what changes would bring them back, JAMA moved the 2011 event to a new month and venue and made it three days shorter.
After 20 years of holding the show just outside Tokyo at the sprawling Makuhari Messe in Chiba, JAMA will move it to Tokyo Big Sight, a smaller convention center in Tokyo's waterfront district.
The next show is scheduled for Dec. 2-11. The event traditionally has been in October. It also will be open to the general public for 10 days, three days fewer than in 2009.