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The 2021 New York International Auto Show Cancelled Due to Rising Delta Variant Covid Cases

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【Summary】​The annual New York International Auto Show, one of the biggest events in the auto industry, has been cancelled again this year due to the growing number of Delta variant covid cases across the U.S. The show was scheduled to open to the public on Aug 20, a day after the media preview on Aug 19. The auto show has been held annually since 1900 and was the first automotive exhibition in North America.

FutureCar Staff    Aug 04, 2021 11:30 AM PT
The 2021 New York International Auto Show Cancelled Due to Rising Delta Variant Covid Cases
The New York International Auto Shows draws nearly one million visitors each year and is an important event for automakers.

The annual New York International Auto Show, one of the biggest events in the auto industry, has been cancelled again this year due to the growing number of Delta variant covid cases across the U.S. The show was scheduled to open to the public on Aug 20, a day after the media preview on Aug 19.

The auto show has been held annually since 1900 and was the first automotive exhibition in North America.

The annual auto show would normally draw up to one million visitors to New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It also serves as an important platform for global automakers to show off their latest models with nearly 1,000 vehicles on display. 

Roughly 72% of visitors each year indicate that they are in the market to purchase a vehicle over the next 12 months, according to the event's organizers. 

The New York Auto Show is normally held in April each year. However, during the height of the pandemic last year the event was postponed to August 2020, but it would ultimately be cancelled altogether for the first time.

"As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone including attendees, exhibitors, and the thousands of men and women who put the Show together," said Mark Schienberg, President of the New York Auto Show in a statement. "Over the past few weeks, and especially within the last few days, circumstances have changed making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect."  

The Geneva Auto Show, another global automotive event held in March each year in Switzerland, was also cancelled last year. The Geneva Auto Show, traditionally one of the world's biggest gatherings of the auto industry. Organizers decided in July of last year to also cancel the 2021 Geneva Auto Show that was scheduled for March.

The New York Auto Show will return next year as planned.

"The Covid pandemic has challenged our City, the country and the entire world, but just like the automobile industry, we know that the New York Auto Show will rebound and be bigger and better than before," said Schenberg.

The auto show is expected to return in April 2022.

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