Following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, The NY Auto Show has been rescheduled until late August.

If you’re one of those people that believe there’s a little too much hype and fear-mongering surrounding the Coronavirus, then I’m right there with you. Personally, I think there’s a lot more to the story, and it’s being blown WAY out of proportion. But that’s a conversation for another time. Today, we’re here to talk about auto shows and the impact the “outbreak” of the virus, as it’s called, is affecting them. The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled altogether, and now the New York Auto Show has been rescheduled until late August. So, is the Detroit Auto Show the next auto show to close its doors this year or, at the very least, be postponed?

Update 3/30/2020: The 2020 Detroit Auto Show has officially been canceled. Check out our updated section below to learn all about it and what’s happening next.

Coronavirus Auto Show Update - Is the Detroit Auto Show Canceled or Rescheduled?

Update 3/30/2020:

The Detroit Auto Show has officially been canceled for 2020 as the TCF Center (what you probably know as Cobo Hall) is being converted to a hospital by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This move comes as cases of the Coronavirus have continued to climb in the State of Michigan and in Detroit. Speaking about the 2020 Detroit Auto Show’s cancelation, NAIAS Executive Director, Rod Alberts, said,

Although we are disappointed, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan.With more than 100 convention centers and facilities around the country being considered to potentially serve as temporary hospitals, it became clear to us that the TCF Center would be an inevitable option to serve as a care facility to satisfy our community's urgent health needs.

The next Detroit Auto Show will now be held in June 2021, with the following schedule:

  • The dates for the 2021 NAIAS are as follows:
  • Motor Bella: June 11-14
  • The Gallery: June 14
  • Press preview: June 15-16
  • Automobili-D powered by Planet M: June 15-17
  • Industry preview: June 16-17
  • Charity preview: June 18
  • Public days: June 19-28

Original Speculation on Detroit Auto Show Cancelation

The Detroit Auto Show is opening its doors for the first time in June, and it will be primarily an outside event – something that should make it the best show yet.

However, it’s also the next in line, now that the New York Auto Show has been rescheduled. As of now, we haven’t heard any word that the show will be postponed or canceled, and we suspect a decision will be made in the next month or so, all dependent on how things escalate with the Coronavirus. Here at TopSpeed, we’re planning to be on the ground in full force at the auto show, so we’ll be sure to keep you apprised of any updates as they arise.

We have tried to reach out to the Detroit Auto Show to find out where they stand on the situation right now and will be sure to update this article as soon as we hear back.

Coronavirus Auto Show Update – N.Y. Auto Show Postponed

Coronavirus Update: Is The 2020 Detroit Auto Show Canceled?
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With GIMS 2020 officially off the books for this year, we’ve been wondering what would happen to the rest of the auto shows this year.

Well, the New York Auto Show was the next major auto show to open its doors in the U.S., but that has now been delayed.

The NY Auto Show will officially open its doors – unless things change again – on August 28, and it will run until September 6, 2020.

The president of the N.Y. Automobile Dealers Association (the organization that owns the N.Y. Auto Show), Mark Schienberg, says it’s a move to protect attendees, exhibitors, and all participants. The show was originally scheduled to take place between April 10, 2020 and April 19. So, that raises a big question: What happens to the Detroit Auto Show that kicks off in early June?

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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