Similar to Jaguar Land Rover, MINI and Tesla won’t be present at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, according to Automotive News. Apparently, the timing of their vehicle introductions did not sync with the January event.
“It’s just one of those unfortunate things that can happen when automakers’ product cycles don’t align with the timing of the show,” NAIAS spokesman Max Muncey said.
On the bright side, part of the space left behind by the non-participating brands will be used by Aston Martin, which last came to Detroit in 2009.
A MINI spokeswoman confirmed to Automotive News that the company will not only miss the NAIAS, but also the 2016 Geneva Auto Show in March.