R1T appearances (auto shows etc)

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    I assume Rivian will have a presence at the Detroit show coming up. Has anyone heard whether it will the R1T will be brought to every major auto show?

    I plan to go to the NY show in April and hope to see it in person then.
     
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    I looked at the exhibitor list the other day and did not see them listed, though they might be doing a last minute “reveal” like they did in LA, but I doubt it. I was kind of hoping for a Detroit showing as well, but we might have to wait a little longer.

    Hopefully they will start announcing soon future shows soon. I did see via Twitter that they were going to be at a climbing gym in Detroit tonight but only for about 2 hours.
     
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    No sign of Rivian at the ongoing CES show. Was hoping to see them display there since EV's fit right in at a technology show.
     
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    Climbing gym?? Interesting. Im not on twitter. What did they say? Hope to see some pictures if media were invited.

    Darnit. I would think CES would be a good venue to show it. Hopes of seeing it in upcoming auto shows look slim now.
     
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    I just checked the roster of exhibitors for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show in February, and Rivian is not on it. After having shown up at the New York Auto Show and with a nearby factory in Illinois, I was somewhat surprised to see Rivian skipping the Chicago show. Anyone know of a reason?
     
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    That is disappointing ... again! I was at the CAS 2019 back in February and no Rivian. I believe their last appearance was back in June for their private event in Denver which I was unfortunately unable to attend. It would seem they are due (he says hopefully) for announcing the next event they will be attending / hosting.

    As for a reason why they're skipping CAS 2020, even other auto shows, I recall RJ mentioning some time ago that it's costly for them to attend these events. From that I inferred the transportation costs and logistics of their EAVs and personnel in addition to vendor fees, building stages and/or displays, to the costs of hosting their own events. They are a startup so they're probably closely watching their expenditures. Fortunately they are getting a lot of free press and word of mouth attention which probably factors in to when and where they spend money to attend events. None the less, one would think it would be well spent money and time to appear at these high profile auto shows / events especially after the Amazon and Ford investments. Hopefully we'll hear something soon.
     
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    I've been wondering whether dealer politics is also playing a role in limiting auto show appearance for Rivian and other EV manufacturers.

    I can understand Scaringe's point about weighing the costs of doing the show circuit, but Chicago is one of the big three auto shows, and pickup truck and SUV penetration is much higher in the upper midwest of the country than in Los Angeles and New York, where Rivian has chosen to appear.

    Perhaps this is partially Rivian's acknowledgement of the market to which it will really most appeal: well-heeled poseurs and weekend adventurers. However, if that's the case, they still might have missed a shot. I can't count the number of Humvees with Armani-clad pilots I used to see lumbering into and out of the Chicago loop during rush hour.
     

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