For a second time, the Detroit 3 automakers have bailed on the Tokyo Motor Show and won't be showing cars there in December.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the show's organizer, released the final roster of participants last week, and Ford's absence on that list made it another total no-show for the Detroit 3.
General Motors and Chrysler announced in February that they would sit out, but Ford had been wavering. The application deadline has passed, and JAMA officials say they aren't planning to accommodate late-comers.
All three U.S. automakers also sat out the last Tokyo show in 2009.
"We'll do our best to make this year an appealing show," said JAMA Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga, who is also COO of Nissan. "I hope they find it attractive and want to return."
Despite Detroit's waning interest in Tokyo, this year's show still can boast a much improved showing from 2009, which global brands shunned because of the global financial crisis. In addition to the Japanese automakers, attendees will include 14 overseas auto companies representing 17 brands. In 2009, only three foreign brands showed up.