Yet another auto show galloping toward cancellation?

The 2020 Beijing Auto Show was postponed until late September due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Original scheduled for April 21 to 30, the event will take place between September 26 and October 5.

The Beijing Auto Show joins several major car shows across the world that had to either be canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Detroit Auto Show was canceled, New York was postponed but could be canceled as well, while the Paris Motor Show could be much smaller than before.

COVID-19 Pandemic: 2020 Beijing Auto Show Postponed Until September
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The delay was announced by Beijing event organizers, who claim that the event will be held this autumn.

"In light of the serious challenges posted by the COVID-19 pandemic, after close consultation with the relevant parties, we, on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 2020 (16th) Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (AUTO CHINA 2020), have decided to postpone the auto show which was initially planned at the new and old venues of China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in April this year so as to effectively protect the health and safety of exhibitors and spectators. The AUTO CHINA 2020 is rescheduled to the following date — September 26 to October 5, 2020," the organizers said on April 3.

COVID-19 Pandemic: 2020 Beijing Auto Show Postponed Until September
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Unlike in Europe and the United States, where the virus continues to spread rapidly, the situation in China seems under control with only a few cases reported daily. The epicenter of the epidemic a month ago, China has now fallen behind the United States, Spain, Italy, and Germany in terms of confirmed cases. The number of deaths are also far below those from Italy and Spain. What’s more, of the 82,509 cases confirmed as of April 3, 76,760 have recovered. On the flipside, there are reports that claim China may have underreported COVID-19 cases.

For now, China has started to come back to life, as many areas have been reopened for movement and commerce. But fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections are still strong and a second outbreak could cancel this year’s Beijing Auto Show.

COVID-19 Pandemic: 2020 Beijing Auto Show Postponed Until September
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Previously a lesser auto show that revolved mainly on local brands and vehicles from big brands built in China, the Beijing Auto Show is now almost as important as key shows from Europe and North America. In 2018 (Beijing is a biennial event), it hosted debuts for important cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW M2 Competition, Lexus ES, and Volkswagen Touareg. This trend will likely continue as China is the largest car market in the world.

Ciprian Florea
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