Beijing Auto Show 2020 postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced cancellation or postponement of several big ticket auto events since March this year. The Beijing Auto Show 2020 became the latest victim of the crisis.

File photo of a model posing at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010. (REUTERS)
File photo of a model posing at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010.

Originally slated for April 21 to April 30, one of the biggest auto shows in Asia now stands deferred under the present circumstances. The organisers of the event have confirmed that it will now take place in September this year, if the crisis ends in time.

The organisers of the Beijing Auto Show issued a statement saying, “In light of the serious challenged posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, after close consultation with the parties involved, we, on behalf of the Beijing 2020 Auto Show Organising Committee, have decided to postpone the car show that originally was planned in the old and new venues of the China International Exhibition Centre in April this year, in order to effectively protect the health and safety of exhibitors and spectators."

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The organisers also said, “The Beijing 2020 Auto Show is rescheduled for the following dates: September 26 to October 5, 2020."

The Beijing Auto Show has joined an elite list of events to have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since March first week, major auto shows in Geneva, Paris, Detroit and New York have been forced to postpone or cancel.

Since the start of the event back in 1990, the Beijing Auto Show has become one of the largest carnival of vehicles across the world. With China being the largest market for automakers, the auto show has garnered a lot of interest in recent years. It alternates with yet another popular auto show in the country - the Shanghai Auto Show - every two years.

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First Published Date: 04 Apr 2020, 13:26 PM IST
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