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      02-11-2020, 08:25 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by cb804 View Post
Once again, there was no BMW display at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show... 2nd year in a row. I would have thought with all their new cars they would want to have them on display. I would have liked to see the M2 CS, 2 series gran coupe, new 3 series and more.

Anyone know the official reason why they are not in the Chicago show anymore?
We were really upset last year when they weren't there. We were ready to place an order for the not yet released X7 and wanted to see it in person before hand.

We went to the dealer (who of course didn't have any in stock prior to April) and they said that it costs BMW about a million dollars per show for the fees, staff, shipping, setup, tear down, and then all the interactive stuff. They apparently are cutting chicago out as they don't see the value.

On another note, and not to get too political, but where the show is hosted McCormick Place, the costs are astronomical. Many shows are pulling out of that venue.

Here is a good article, though old and even the State getting involved, the same issues persist.