Boycott punctures Sydney opening
THE opening day of this year’s Sydney Motor Show was flat. Holden had the first local appearance of General Motors’ future car, the Volt; Ford did its best with new Euro cars and the latest from FPV; and other brands had shiny new stuff including the Ferrari California. But the sizzle expected at a big car show was missing.
It could have been down to the economic uncertainty. Similar worries and an emphasis on green cars by a lot of carmakers had taken the edge off the Paris Motor Show a week earlier.
But despite a lot of support for the Sydney and Melbourne motor shows, the obvious reason is the absence of too many major manufacturers.
Prestige brands pushing for a single Australian show run on rotation between Sydney and Melbourne boycotted the Sydney show to make their point. The effects were obvious.
A committee has been formed between the VACC that organises Melbourne and the FCAI that runs Sydney, and they are working on a plan.
It is hoped they will settle on something soon.