updated 11/28/2008 10:10:39 AM ET 2008-11-28T15:10:39

Nissan Motor Corp. will have a presence at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show after all.

In a swift reversal, the Japanese automaker said its local dealers would help staff the show in February. The company said Monday it would not attend due to financial constraints and a downturn in U.S. sales.

"After a careful review of this decision with our North Central Region management and our Chicago dealers, we have found a way to maintain a presence at the Chicago show through our dealers, while still demonstrating the fiscal responsibility required by these challenging times," the company said in a statement Thursday.

Nissan also reiterated its plans to skip the Detroit North American International Auto Show in January.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, Nissan unveiled the Nissan Cube, a new 370Z sports car and a Versa Sedan priced below $10,000. The company said Monday that it had no other vehicles to unveil in Detroit or Chicago.

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