Wednesday, 04 March 2020 20:24

Official: 2020 Geneva Motor Show Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Written by Adrian Padeanu, Motor1.com


All of the effort, time and money invested into this year’s Geneva International Motor Show have ultimately been in vain, as it has officially been canceled by the organizers amid the increasingly worrying coronavirus outbreak.

The 90th edition of the GIMS was supposed to kick off March 2 with the Car of the Year Award Ceremony, before the press day scheduled for March 3. It would have been open to the general public March 5 through March 15.
It’s a direct consequence of an announcement made Feb. 28 by the Swiss government banning all public gatherings of more than 1,000 people until March 15 at the earliest. 
With the Geneva show expected to draw a large crowd, it’s perfectly understandable why the event was canceled. Last year, a little more than 600,000 people attended.
It’s probably too late for car manufacturers to organize their own events to show off the new cars, so there’s a pretty good chance all of the debuts originally scheduled for Geneva will be unveiled only online. 
Whether all new cars that were supposed to attend the show in Switzerland will debut in the coming days remains to be seen, as some automakers could decide to postpone the launches. It's too early to tell at this point.
It's worth mentioning 2020 GIMS wasn't going to be that big of a show compared to previous years, considering many companies wouldn't have been on the showfloor: Citroën, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Subaru, Tesla and Volvo.
While the International Exhibition of Inventions that was supposed to take place at the same Palexpo exhibition and convention center towards the end of March has been pushed back to September, the Geneva Motor Show is effectively canceled. 
When asked about the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year, organizers responded, “The show cannot be postponed. It’s not possible. It’s too big. In September, October? It’s not feasible.”

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