The 2020 Geneva Motor Show Has Been Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

Swiss authorities have banned any events with 1000 or more attendees, leading to the cancellation of this year's Geneva Motor Show
The 2020 Geneva Motor Show Has Been Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 Geneva International Motor Show won’t be happening. To curtail the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus - of which there are over 84,000 cases of worldwide at the time of writing - the Swiss Federal Council has banned all gatherings of 1000 attendees or more until 15 March at least.

In a statement, it said (translated):

“The Federal Council is aware that its decision has major consequences for the population in Switzerland. However, it allows effective protection of the population and public health. With this measure, the aim is to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland.”

Geneva show organisers have confirmed that - just a few days before the start of the event - it is indeed cancelled. It won’t be rescheduled due to the logistical challenges associated with putting on such a large show. Currently, we’re working under the assumption that all of the planned Geneva reveals for next week will still be going ahead virtually as scheduled - no manufacturers have told us otherwise thus far.

Some planned Geneva debuts like the VW Golf GTI have already been revealed digitally in the lead-up to the event
Some planned Geneva debuts like the VW Golf GTI have already been revealed…

Switzerland reported its first cases of the virus earlier this week, leading to speculation that GIMS would be axed, although the organisers have previously insisted it would still go ahead.

The move from Swiss authorities follows the cancellation or postponement of a number of major events worldwide, including the Chinese Grand Prix. The virus has so far claimed the lives of 2867 people, with the largest proportion of fatalities occuring in China, Covid-19’s point of origin.



Still, there’s always the other motor shows in 2020 to look forward to, assuming THEY don’t get cancelled too due to coronavirus…

02/28/2020 - 11:32 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I can predict that both New york and Detroit will cancel.

02/28/2020 - 18:43 |
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Tomislav Celić

Well I was excited for the production C_Two, but now 😭😭😭😭

02/28/2020 - 11:50 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

That’s understandable. I mean, even on a car news site nobody is going to argue that keeping a worldwide pandemic under control is more important than some new car releases.

02/28/2020 - 11:52 |
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The power of a flu

02/28/2020 - 16:31 |
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Jayden Hoyat Ho

I live in Macau, which is under China. Everything here is closed. It’s terrible. But I felt that geneva is one o f the safer countries, I feel that it would be fine.

02/28/2020 - 18:59 |
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Geneva isn’t a country.

02/29/2020 - 12:56 |
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  1. Chinese Grand Prix got postponed
  2. Geneva got cancelled

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Italian Grand Prix got cancelled this year

02/28/2020 - 20:10 |
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If the virus will still be a threat then quite a few races will get canceled

02/28/2020 - 23:42 |
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