The organization of the International Motor Show in New York announced on Tuesday that it decided to postpone the celebration of the exhibition until the end of August and beginning of September due to the epidemic outbreak COVID-19.
The decision of the organizers comes, despite the fact that on March 3 they had pledged to open their doors on their original date, on April 8.
However, the spread of the virus in the United States and other countries, as well as the measures taken by the world’s leading car manufacturers to protect their employees, have forced the organization to suspend the sample.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect the public, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” Mark Schienberg, president of the New York Automobile Dealers Association, responsible for organizing the event, said in a statement.
Schienberg added that they have been in communication with exhibitors and their partners, “and they are sure that the new dates for the 2020 show will make it another successful event.”
Last year more than one million people visited the event, including almost 6,300 journalists, from 56 countries around the world.
It was planned that during the two days for the media about 18 manufacturers held press conferences and that more than 50 world news were presented.
The organizers of the show did not indicate if the main manufacturers have confirmed their presence for August.
What is more difficult is that the delay until that month allows the salon to unveil the same number of novelties as in previous editions, as manufacturers in North America take advantage of spring to present the launches that will arrive during the second half of the year.
The announcement of the New York International Auto Show comes a few hours after General Motors (GM), the largest manufacturer in the United States, decided to suspend the presentation of its new luxury electric vehicle, the Cadillac Lyriq, for the epidemic outbreak .
GM planned to present the vehicle, considered key to GM’s luxury brand, on April 2 in Los Angeles.
This and other car manufacturers have decided to limit the travel of their employees as a precaution against the expansion of the epidemic caused by COVID-19.