Boy­cott punc­tures Syd­ney open­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - PAUL GOVER -

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.

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