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Automaker Stellantis has pulled out of the Chicago Auto Present, marking a possible blow to the 116-year-old automotive present — which organizers say is the nation’s largest — and the tip of its fashionable Camp Jeep check observe.
The corporate mentioned in a press release that it was executed as a cost-saving transfer to “mitigate the affect of a difficult U.S. automotive market.” It would contemplate collaborating in future auto reveals on a “case-by-case foundation” and concentrate on “alternatives for customers to expertise our automobiles first-hand.”
This implies automotive followers possible received’t see Stellantis manufacturers together with Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo and Fiat at McCormick Place from Feb. 10-19 — except the present pulls collectively a last-minute association with native dealerships.
Normal Motors and Ford mentioned Thursday that they plan to attend the Chicago Auto Present.
Stellantis canceled its look on the Chicago Auto Present shortly earlier than the vacations, in keeping with the Chicago Car Commerce Affiliation, which places on the yearly present.
The corporate hasn’t mentioned if it’s going to additionally miss subsequent yr’s present, affiliation spokesman Mark Bilek mentioned.
Chicago just isn’t the one location handed over by Stellantis. It introduced in October that it might be pulling out of the huge shopper tech conference CES in Las Vegas, which begins Tuesday, citing the United Auto Staff strike.
Final yr, it dropped out of the LA Auto Present in Los Angeles and the Specialty Tools Market Affiliation conference in Las Vegas due to the UAW strikes, which focused Stellantis, Ford and GM crops.
When Stellantis introduced this week it might not attend subsequent month’s Canadian Worldwide Auto Present in Toronto, native dealerships got here collectively to fund stalls, in keeping with Automotive Information Canada.
The Chicago Car Commerce Affiliation is attempting to scrape collectively an identical deal.
“[W]e have been working with native sellers since then to try to craft some type of participation from the Stellantis manufacturers on the present,” Bilek mentioned in an e mail.
However nothing has been agreed on.
“We by no means say by no means,” he mentioned. “We’ve got loads of house and may be pretty accommodating all the best way till the move-in for the present that begins in early February.”
Stellantis-brand sellers within the Chicago space are disillusioned however perceive it was a company choice primarily based on labor stoppage over the summer season, mentioned JC Phelan, proprietor of Jack Phelan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Countryside and chairman of the Chicago Car Commerce Affiliation.
He hopes sellers pull collectively to host a show, however he admits it’s an extended shot.
“There’s not a construction to get that began. We’re not all on an e mail chain. It’s not one thing I’m positive we’ll get executed in such” a brief timeframe, he mentioned.
Phelan expects Stellantis to return to auto reveals subsequent yr “as a result of the outcomes of the present are too sturdy to our sellers.” The corporate’s fashionable Camp Jeep check observe, which includes a steep hill, has given greater than 600,000 rides to auto present attendees through the years, he mentioned.
Stellantis, shaped by means of the 2021 merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot of France, was trimming its enterprise operations round Chicago even earlier than the UAW strike.
The corporate stopped operations in February 2023 at its Belvidere plant, simply east of Rockford, the place some 1,350 staff had been making Jeep Cherokees. After some nudging by President Joe Biden, Stellantis mentioned it might reopen the plant and add one other 1,000 jobs at an adjoining battery facility.
However Stellantis remains to be struggling.
The corporate introduced late final yr that it’s going to minimize manufacturing shifts at two U.S. crops in an effort to cut back SUV manufacturing to satisfy emissions requirements. The transfer may presumably lay off as much as 3,500 staff, in keeping with Automotive Information Canada.
The automaker, in its third-quarter earnings name, mentioned it might proceed to chop prices following UAW’s six-week marketing campaign of coordinated strikes. The strikes led to late October after the union received main wage will increase, amongst different advantages.
Auto present particulars
This yr’s Chicago Auto Present will happen in just one exhibit corridor as a substitute of the same old two. However it’s not likely a downsize, organizers say.
As a substitute, the present will occupy extra space within the south exhibit corridor, which Bilek mentioned “will make for a greater expertise for attendees as they don’t have to maneuver between two halls.”
Final yr’s 10-day present had 300,000 folks attend, Bilek mentioned. Present organizers count on to match or exceed that this yr. Ticket gross sales are on tempo with final yr, he mentioned.
The present opens day by day at 10 a.m. Tickets price $17 for adults and $12 for seniors over 62 and kids 12 and below. Youngsters 3 and below are free.
Extra data may be discovered at chicagoautoshow.com.