Stellantis Pulls Out of LA, SEMA
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."
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