Organizers of the New York International Auto Show, once intending to hold the rescheduled event in August, have actually chosen to ditch the entire year. The show has been formally canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Friday.
The next show will happen April 2 to April 11, 2021. Press days will be March 31 and April 1.
The New York Auto Show, which is organized by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, was arranged to begin April 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The event was rescheduled for late August after COVID-19 swept into Europe and North America.
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the conventional place for the program, was set up as a field health center for COVID-19 cases. The center doesn’t have any patients. It is still set up as an active healthcare facility and is in standby mode for the foreseeable future, according to organizers.
Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, noted that “immense planning” is required for automakers and their exhibition partners to construct a program.
“Because of the uncertainty triggered by the infection, we feel it would not be prudent to continue with the 2020 Show and rather are preparing for an even greater 2021,” Schienberg said.
“As agents of car sellers, we understand when this crisis passes there will be massive pent-up demand for new vehicles in this region and throughout the nation,” he added. “We likewise understand how crucial the Show is for consumers navigating the process.”