For the longest time, auto shows were considered some of the most important events that any automaker will be involved in. They’re used as venues to showcase a company’s new concept, or more importantly, a new production model that’s making its world debut. But like everything else that evolves over time, the platform traditionally provided by auto shows has shrunk with the advent of global connectivity. Automakers can simply hold a smaller event of its own and still get the same results as they once did at these shows. It’s no wonder, then, that Automotive News is reporting that at least nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, one of the world’s biggest auto shows.