Tokyo, Japan –  The “Detroit Three” automakers have decided against attending the 2009 Tokyo auto show, citing costs, according to a report by Automotive News.  According to an earlier report, the Tokyo show, which is held every two years and is scheduled for October, is in danger of being cancelled entirely.

Ford confirmed rumours by the Japanese press that it would not attend, but would not say if Mazda or Volvo would be involved. General Motors said that exhibiting in 2007 cost US$2 million and that it could better spend the money elsewhere.

Chrysler also said that cost was the reason for withdrawing from the show.

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