Europe’s first important annual car show, scheduled to open March 5 through March 15 in Geneva, Switzerland, may be canceled if the threat from the Coronavirus worsens, according to GlobalData.
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GlobalData automotive editor David Leggett said in a report at least 13 big car manufacturers have already pulled out of the show for cost savings reasons.
There were also worries that climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion might be planning to disrupt the show.
“The coronavirus public health crisis alone puts a big question mark next to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for March. The organizers will be closely monitoring the crisis, as will exhibitors. If one or two exhibitors decide the health risks to staff are too high, that will likely trigger more to withdraw until the show looks unsustainable,” Leggett said.
„Brands that will not be present at Geneva this year include Cadillac, Citroen, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Subaru, Tata, and Volvo – that is quite a long list,” Leggett said.