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2021 New York International Auto Show Canceled Amid Delta Surge

It wasn’t all that long ago when the New York International Auto Show seemed primed for a triumphant return after it was rescheduled and canceled last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A mere two months ago, organizers announced that the 2021 New York International Auto Show would take place with a new format, including an entire floor dedicated to electric vehicles. However, now that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has sent active cases soaring once again, organizers have once again decided to cancel the long-running event, which dates all the way back to 1900.

Organizers noted that the show – which was set to take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – was canceled not only because of the Delta variant but also due to revised CDC recommendations related to areas with a high number of active cases and low vaccination rates, the latter of which currently stands at around 57 percent in New York City.

“As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone including attendees, exhibitors, and the thousands of men and women who put the show together,” organizers said in a statement. “Over the past few weeks, and especially within the last few days, circumstances have changed making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect.”

Unfortunately, this means that attendees won’t be able to check out the latest automobiles and a number of reveals in person, nor will Ford Direct CEO Matt VanDyke be able to accept MediaPost’s 2020 Automotive Marketer of the Year award at the event as scheduled, either. However, organizers remain hopeful that the New York International Auto Show can return next spring, and we remain hopeful that Motor Bella – set to replace the also-canceled 2021 Detroit Auto Show – will still take place this fall as scheduled.

We’ll have more on the status of all major car shows as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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. Samurai

    Well good thing I went to the Chicago Auto Show. Although it kinda sucked since it was smaller then it originally was. I would honestly not worry about that much like Jesus, if you already have the vaccine you should be fine.

  2. Roy Chiles

    Listen to the scientist people vaccine or not wear a mask, So things can beat this virus and go out to car shows concerts and amusement parks

  3. John

    Thanks liberals!

    1. Montana Man

      You’re welcome!

    2. Roy Chiles

      It’s called COMMON SENSE something a lot of people don’t have today

  4. Julius Rosen

    Growing up in the New York metro area I remember fondly going to the auto show many times. As a teenager I really enjoyed seeing all the cars the hot models also and even getting to sit inside some of them. It’s a shame it’s canceled again this year as it’s a great marketing tool to get people excited about all the new models but I’m sure eventually we will have some normalcy coming back

  5. mick1

    I bought 3 tickets in advance. I want double my money back. They could have done vaccine passes like all the other businesses NYC is forcing upon, but I heard they are discriminatory.


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