Stellantis Pulls Out of LA, SEMA

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Stellantis will not be at next month's Los Angeles Auto Show. Nor will it be at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. This is due to the ongoing United Auto Workers' strike.


This is following the news earlier this week that Stellantis was going to pull out of CES in Las Vegas, also due to the strike. That show takes place in January.

The move is all about cutting costs and it means the automaker will not be doing any press conferences or having displays at either event. SEMA opens to the public on October 31 and the LA Auto Show opens to the public on November 17, following the media day on November 16.

Yours truly has been in the early stages of planning our LA show coverage -- we don't typically attend SEMA -- and it had appeared that Stellantis planned on making news at the media day.

We'll have to see if Ford or General Motors follow suit. At this juncture, it doesn't appear Ford had a presser planned (more so due to the product cycle than the strike), and I have not yet heard about GM's plans.

Stellantis not being in LA means that consumers won't see displays from Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, and Mopar. That's a lot of floor space that just opened -- especially since Stellantis usually brings test tracks.

Here's the entire copy of the press release:

"As the costs of the ongoing UAW strike continue to mount, Stellantis has decided to cancel its planned display and all other presentations at SEMA (Las Vegas Oct. 31- Nov. 3, 2023) and the LA Auto Show (Nov. 16-26, 2023), as part of its contingency plan."

The show must go on, however, and we know Toyota will likely be there. As will Lucid. And presumably most other non-struck automakers.

[Image: Stellantis]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Oct 21, 2023

    Stellantis is starting to circle the drain. Seems their strategy has been to kill models that sell and gut brands to replace the model line up with...someone fill in the blank here. In the end here's what's happening, Stellnatis is trying to sell the North American market as if it were Europe.....which it is not. Once again, Chrysler is purchased by a European company who then proceeds to drive, what was , Chrysler into the ground. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    • Jeff Jeff on Oct 21, 2023

      There will be Ram trucks and Jeeps because they sell and add a lot of profit to Stellantis. Chrysler and Dodge will probably not be around for much longer


  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 21, 2023

    "Pull out? Doesn't sound manly to me"

  • Jkross22 The contrived, forced, overproduced jokes and antics were fun 15 years ago, but it's been the same thing over and over since. The last few years of Top Gear were heading this direction and the 3 were phoning it in. They should have either done something completely different and tried something new. Instead they played it safe.
  • SCE to AUX "...identified during our rigorous validation process"Not so rigorous, if they ended up on dealer lots. 🙄
  • Ras815 Their naming scheme is almost as idiotic as having a totally separate Polestar brand for EVs that look exactly like...de-badged Volvos. But you can tell it came from the same idiocy.
  • Dukeisduke "The EX naming convention is used for the automaker’s new and upcoming EVs, the EX30 and EX90."Only upcoming when they can figure out the software.
  • SCE to AUX I've always said that consumer/business pressures will reign in government decrees, as they have in the past in places like California. That state has moved the goalposts many times for "ZEV" mandates.But the problem is the depth of politicization of the EPA. Mfrs need continuity and long-term commitment to requirements, not living on a 4-year political cycle of who's in the White House and Congress. Your President - whomever that is - isn't going to be around forever.Ironically, backing off the gas means handing a greater lead to Tesla, Rivian, and Lucid, (and possibly H/K/G). The whiners have begun heavy investments whose ROI will be extended by years, and their EV sales will reduce even further.It's like the coach granting his players less practice time because they're tired, while the other team stays fit - that's how you lose the game.
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