The Detroit 3 will sit out the Tokyo Motor Show, no-shows for the third straight time.
Yoshiyasu Nao, vice chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, which organizes the show, said his group petitioned the Detroit automakers to participate but was turned down. "We asked them to participate and truly wanted it, but unfortunately they declined," Nao said. "It's very regrettable."
The show, Nov. 22-Dec. 1, will draw 15 foreign brands, JAMA said.
The show is held once every two years, and American brands first sat out in 2009 as the financial crisis hit budgets. They haven't been back, and paltry Japanese sales explain why.
In 2012, Ford Motor Co. sold just 3,952 vehicles there. General Motors' Chevrolet brand sold only 1,477, and Cadillac 1,255. Jeep, the best-selling American marque in Japan, sold 4,979.