This year’s New York Auto Show was initially scheduled for 10-19 April but was rescheduled for August due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, organisers have cancelled the show and it will only return in April 2021
The 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 has hit the United States of America harder than any other country recording nearly 17 lakh cases already.
Organisers have been trying to conduct the show but the pandemic has left them with no choice but to cancel. This year the New York International Auto Show was scheduled for 10-19 April but was later postponed to August. The official statement from the organisers stated that the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will be unable to host any exhibitions including the NYIAS, as it has been currently converted into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Speaking about the cancellation, Mark Schienberg, President of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organisation that owns and operates the New York Auto Show, said “We are extremely proud of the role the Javits Center has played during this difficult time, and we understand the need for it to remain ready to serve. We also understand the immense planning needed for the automakers and their exhibit partners to construct a show of this magnitude. Because of the uncertainty caused by the virus, we feel it would not be prudent to continue with the 2020 Show and instead are preparing for an even greater 2021.”
First organised in November 1900, the New York Auto Show is among the oldest show across the globe. The NYIAS will not take place from 2nd April to 11th April in 2021, with the dedicated Press days on 31st March and 1st April.