New York, New York – Following the early March cancellation of Switzerland’s Geneva International Motor Show, organizers of the New York International Auto Show are postponing that event until August.
“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, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show.
The has been rescheduled to Aug. 28-to-Sept. 6, 2020. Press days are August 26-27, 2020.
“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,” Schienberg added.
New York’s postponement will make Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in June the second major showcase of the year following Chicago. NAIAS had typically kicked off the auto show season, but falling attendance and lack of participation from automakers prompted organizers to shift the event until June.
NAIAS organizers say they’re working closely with the TCF Center venue and health officials to prepare for the show.
“First and foremost, we want our partners and visitors to have a safe, world-class experience in the Motor City,” said Doug North, chairman of the 2020 NAIAS. “Here in Detroit, we are monitoring the latest information about the novel coronavirus and are reviewing our policies and procedures. We are also in the process of meeting with city and state health and safety officials to develop the proper precautions for our show.”