Organizers of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show have officially confirmed this year’s show has been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus and will not be rescheduled to a later date.I “We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority,” Maurice Turrettini, Chairman of the Foundation Board, said in a statement.
Switzerland’s Federal Council held an extraordinary meeting on Friday where it was decided to place a ban on events playing host to 1,000 or more people. The ban is effective immediately and applies until March 15 at the earliest.
The Geneva auto show was scheduled to run from Mar. 3-15, and although a number of major automakers had already canceled their attendance long before the coronavirus outbreak, the show was still expected to see 90 world or European premieres and more than 700,000 visitors cross the floors of Geneva’s Palexpo convention center over the full duration.
The last-minute decision turns the entire automotive industry on its head. Cars unveiled online ahead of their scheduled debut at the show, might not be seen in public for months. And, many models that haven’t been introduced yet won’t break cover during the first week of March as originally planned. Automakers will individually decide when, where, and how to introduce their next cars.