It was an announcement that should come as a surprise to exactly no one: Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will not be at the next Montreal and Toronto auto shows in 2020. The move mirrors those made by a number of manufacturers as they have pulled out of automotive shows around the world in the past year or two.
Last year, just in Canada, the famed German brand stayed away from the annual auto shows that take place in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Quebec City.
The Toronto show’s General Manager, Jason Campbell, told the Canadian division of Automotive News that he was not at all surprised by Mercedes-Benz’ decision, as he had been forewarned by the Montreal show’s organizers a few weeks earlier that the automaker would be absent from that show.
“As they weren’t responding to our formal request for space, it was something we had a suspicion about. Sometimes companies do make these decisions. Nissan pulled out a few years ago and Volvo pulled out a few years ago, and they’ve come back into the show. Porsche pulled out and it took them a number of years to get back in”.