The Swiss government has imposed a ban on large gatherings due to coronavirus fears, therefore forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show
Due to rising coronavirus fears, the Swiss government has imposed a ban on large gatherings of more than 1,000 people, therefore forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
One of the largest car expos in the world, the 2020 show would mark the first cancellation in over 70 years running, which previously has only been cancelled for world wars. Last year’s show featured new hyper and mega-car debuts from Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, Pininfarina and Bugatti among a wide array of super-exclusive production cars, electric cars and concepts.
This year, Geneva promised the release of highly anticipated sports cars like the upcoming 911 Turbo and Turbo S, and the new Vantage Roadster, as well as new luxury and economy cars from the likes of the Audi A3, the new Mercedes E-Class and GLA to the highly awaited BMW 4-series. A new eighth generation of Volkswagen Golf was also set to be presented at the show.
Other substantial events affected by the pandemic includes the Mobile World Congress (the worlds largest mobile phone show), as well as the Facebook developers conference. There are concerns that have been raised about the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee are being pressured to cancel the event this year. On the automotive side of things, all Formula One and Formula E races have been cancelled in China.