The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Paul Riegler on 24 May 2020
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Show floor, 2019 N.Y. International Auto Show

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and then postponed until August, has been cancelled, the show’s organizers said.

The Javits Center location is currently an active field hospital that is in stand-by mode for patients and it is closed for expos and conferences, making the August show “unfeasible,” conference organizers said.

The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.

The news follows the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the Beijing Motor Show, the Detroit Auto Show, and the Paris Motor Show, as well as the cancellation of the South by Southwest music festival, all St. Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Nakameguro in Japan, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

“Our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event,” said Mark Schienberg, the president of the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association, the organization that runs the show, in April.

Before being postponed to August, the show was scheduled to hold press days on April 8 and 9 and open to the public on April 10.

Press days for the 2021 New York International Auto Show will take place on March 31 and April 1, and the show will open to the public on April 2, 2021.

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