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Auto Show

GENEVA – The Detroit and Tokyo auto shows may have shrunk this year, but Geneva is telling the world its annual auto expo will be business as usual in March.

“Americans, Europeans and Asiatics – all the grand marques will be present in the seven halls of the Geneva Palexpo March 5-15,” the organizers announce in a press release, adding each auto maker’s presence and pavilion will “be as prestigious as in earlier years.”

Stands at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit were simpler than in past years, and auto makers such as Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Porsche AG and Ferrari SpA did not exhibit.

Organizers of the October Tokyo auto show briefly considered canceling the event, and General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have decided not to exhibit there.

Among auto makers that have participated at Geneva in the past, only Korean Ssangyong Motor Co. Ltd. has withdrawn from this year’s event, a spokeswoman says. Ssangyong, owned 51% by China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., stopped production in January and is in South Korea’s version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The 79th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva will have 85 world or European premieres, and a new Green Pavilion will feature a dozen exhibitors with ideas for clean cars of the future.

Among those in the Green Pavilion will be MCE-5 Development, a French company promoting variable-compression combustion engines; California electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc.; Swiss sports-car maker Sportec; and Comarth, a Spanish EV manufacturer.