2020 New York Auto Show Officially Cancelled Due To COVID-19

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Back in March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers of the 2020 New York Auto Show to reschedule the event from its original dates of April 10th through April 19th, 2020 to August 26th through September 6th 2020, with press days set to take place on August 26th and 27th.

2020 Ford Escape at the 2019 New York Auto Show
2020 Ford Escape at the 2019 New York Auto Show

As of today, the event’s home, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, remains in use as a field hospital for COVID-19 cases. As such, the event’s organizers have announced that they must cancel the 2020 New York Auto Show altogether.

Interestingly, the makeshift hospital is not currently treating any patients, but it remains open and ready to serve as an active hospital for the foreseeable future, thus forcing show organizers to make the tough decision to forgo this year’s show and look forward to regrouping next year.

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2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package at the 2019 New York Auto Show
2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package at the 2019 New York Auto Show

For now, the 2021 New York Auto Show is scheduled to take place April 2nd through April 11th, 2021, with press days slated for March 31st and April 1st.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have worked closely with the Governor’s office and with Javits officials to protect our attendees,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that operates the New York Auto Show.  “We are extremely proud of the role the Javits Center has played during this difficult time, and we understand the need for it to remain ready to serve.”

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“We also understand the immense planning needed for the automakers and their exhibit partners to construct a show of this magnitude. Because of the uncertainty caused by the virus, we feel it would not be prudent to continue with the 2020 Show and instead are preparing for an even greater 2021,” Schienberg added. “As representatives of automobile retailers, we know when this crisis passes there will be enormous pent-up demand for new vehicles in this region and across the country. We also know how important the Show is for consumers navigating the process.”

The 120-year-old NYIAS is America’s first and most attended car show, serving as a premier showcase for the latest-and-greatest new vehicles since November of 1900. It’s truly a shame that we won’t get to enjoy it this year, but this decision is also completely understandable.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford should do a “online” show that presents all of the 2021 and future models. Ford fans just have to sign in and see for themselves. It can all be done with less money and time than a real show. Ford has to remember that most of their customers learn about new models from TV ads, automobile articles, and now online reviews. There is really no need to go back to the physical showroom. Even Tesla sells cars unseen to their customers, and Ford just did successful reservations for the Mustang Mach-E without even seeing the real car.

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