2020 New York auto show delayed until August
Following the outright cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, this year’s New York International Auto Show will be delayed until August. In an emailed statement, show officials confirmed that health and safety concerns were the main priority. The show generates more than $330M in economic value.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors, and all participants from the coronavirus,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which owns and operates the annual show at Manhattan’s Javits Center.
“For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event. We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 show will make for another successful event,” said Schienberg.
Many countries have issued instructions to postpone or cancel events with large attendance, and all over the world there are professional conferences, sporting events, concerts, and other gatherings affected by the growing health concern around coronavirus. Today, the World Health Organization officially designated the outbreak as a pandemic.
The show will be rescheduled to August 28–September 6, with the press days occurring August 26–27. New York International Auto Show officials say they will follow up with more information in the weeks ahead.