New York Auto Show Scrubbed, Pushed Back to August

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
new york auto show scrubbed pushed back to august

What a difference a week makes. On March 3rd, organizers of the New York International Auto Show insisted the show would go on, declaring it had “no plans” to kibosh the event out of concern for the coronavirus. Late Tuesday, it relented, bowing to pressure both of the medical and perhaps political.

Originally slated to kick off with a series of debuts on April 8th and 9th, the Javits Center will now host the event sometime in August. One hopes the viral unease gripping the continent is just a memory by then.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” said Mark Schienberg, head of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, in a statement.

“For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event. We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 Show will make for another successful event.”

Earlier, the organizing body said it planned to take “precautionary measures” inside Javits, bolstering the existing efforts of state and local health agencies. The show’s fate seemed sealed when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency amid rising instances of coronavirus infection on Saturday, but it was Tuesday’s today’s declaration of a one-mile “containment zone” around a coronavirus cluster in NYC suburb New Rochelle and Cuomo’s activation of the National Guard that seemed to be the last straw for show organizers.

The postponement of the show comes on the heels of a similar cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Not to anyone’s surprise, the Beijing Motor Show, scheduled for late April, also saw its date pushed back.

Growing virus fears aside, the show’s move leaves automakers scrambling to rejig their introduction schedule. Among the vehicles expected to debut in New York were the Ford Bronco Sport (of which you saw a sneak peak yesterday) and the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover. Numerous other introductions will need to find another venue — assuming one can be found.

You read earlier today that General Motors scrapped the California debut event for its electric Cadillac Lyriq crossover. It’s quite possible many of these intros will find their way online, leaving many wondering whether the recent scrubbings spell the end of the traditional automotive trade show as we know it.

[Image: New York International Auto Show/ Twitter]

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  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on Mar 11, 2020

    There is a yearly auto show here - but it's just current models and is run by the dealers. As you said, it's just a good chance to sit in a bunch of cars and see if they would work for you.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 11, 2020

    "120 Years of Innovation"? I believe innovation was skipped in some years...

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.