After five years of waiting and about $1 billion spent to become a sponsor, the automaker has decided not to run advertisements in its home country connected to the event.
A nationwide surge during the pandemic has been costly to consumers and prompted some retailers to beef up overnight security on their lots.
They are starting to look at other EVs, and that could be trouble if the electric truck startup can't start delivering soon.
Several Chinese auto plants have cut production plans because of the ongoing microchip shortage.
The acquisition would make Lithia the second public dealership group operating in the Canadian market.