Well, this was probably inevitable.
The annual New York Auto Show has been postponed in the wake of a global coronavirus outbreak. This announcement comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, one of the other largest annual car shows. Organizers revealed today that the New York Auto Show, which was scheduled to start on April 8, will now be pushed into August. The new start date is currently scheduled as August 28, although even that seems uncertain as the world struggles with the virus.
The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Associated released the following statement:
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.
The auto industry continues to be hit hard by the outbreak. Along with car sales falling in many countries, especially China, manufactures are scrambling to make new plans for flagship releases. Both the Geneva and New York shows are known for high profile debuts, including new models and futuristic concept cars. Most of the planned announcements from Geneva were reduced to simple online unveilings. One of New York’s biggest expected debuts, the Ford Bronco Sport, is now in limbo until Ford decides how to introduce their new SUV to the world.
The state of New York has declared a state of emergency, announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 7. So far, the Empire State has found at least 89 cases of Coronavirus. Globally, there have been over 110,000 confirmed cases and over 4,200 deaths. In the United States, roughly 30 people have died from the virus.