The 2020 New York Auto Show has been postponed until August due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
In a statement released Tuesday, New York Auto Show organizers said the show had been rescheduled “as a result of the ongoing health concerns from the spread of the coronavirus in the region,” and will now be held from August 28th through to September 6th, 2020. The press days will be hosted on August 26th and 27th.
“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, which operates the New York Auto Show. “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.”
Organizers for the Geneva International Auto Show were forced to cancel the event on short notice earlier this month after the virus began to spread rapidly throughout Italy, France and other parts of Europe. Over 118,000 people have been infected by the virus to date, while another 4,269 have died. Over 65,000 people have recovered from the illness, as well.
Despite the clear threat posed by the ongoing spread of the virus, NYIAS organizers were reluctant to cancel the show. It had previously, planned to go forth with the show even as other US-based events decided to cancel, but it has now found a middle-ground solution that should mitigate risk and allow the event to go on. The New York Automobile Dealers Association says the New York Auto Show show brings in $330 million in the city each year and has “a huge impact on the local and state economies.”
As an interesting aside, Dodge co-founder John Dodge died from the Spanish Flu after contracting the illness while attending the 1920 New York Auto Show. His brother Horace also caught the aggressive flu strain while at the show, though he managed to recover following a lengthy battle with it.