The crisis caused by the pandemic continues to affect many activities. The organizers of the Geneva Motor Show decided to cancel the 2022 fair for the following year
It seems incredible but it is not. The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), canceled in 2020 and postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 virus, and rescheduled this year to return in March 2022, has again suffered another setback.
As reported by the Standing Committee of the International Motor Show this Thursday in Switzerland, ongoing problems related to the pandemic, is again the reason for the cancellation.
In fact, using words very similar to those that were part of the previous communication that passed the famous GIMS 2021 for 2022, the decision was made with the best interests of both automakers and automotive fans in mind.
Many prototypes are on display at each show and the public is the primary audience. Restrictions on circulation due to the pandemic threaten a crowd as expected
Due to both direct and indirect problems, they have once again left the organizers without a choice, even though the event is six months away.
The problems of the exhibition are related to the restrictions that still apply in many countries for free movement, not only for those attending as public, but also for participants as exhibitors, their suppliers who must start working before the end of the year. , and even the movement of the press, which edition after edition, reaches Geneva from all destinations.
Meanwhile, the other part of the difficulties come from the industry attached to the automobile. The chip shortage has forced many manufacturers to change their priorities, such as supplying the market with not just cars that have been purchased or will be purchased in the coming months. This has resulted in many projects, prototypes and models that are not yet on the production line, have suffered significant delays and even cancellations.
Not only the influx of the public would be affected, but also that of suppliers and the press, who are part of these events.
“Many exhibitors have indicated that the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible for them to make a firm commitment to GIMS 2022. On top of this, there is the negative impact that the current semiconductor shortage has on automakers. This crisis is likely to drag on into next year, with negative financial implications for car manufacturers around the world. In these uncertain times, many brands cannot commit to participating in a fair that would have taken place in just over four months. When considering all the factors, it was clear that it was necessary to postpone the fair, and give the news sooner rather than later so as not to cancel later on short notice and generate other types of problems, “said the executive director of the Auto Show of Geneva, Sandro Mesquita.
The Geneva exhibition is one of the most important in the world, and other smaller venues such as Barcelona had to postpone their event for a few months for the same reasons, New York had to do the same just 90 days ago and Tokyo has still not announced the return of its traditional shows, the problem is clearly not with the Swiss but with the industry in general.
The lack of chips that is affecting the entire automotive industry at worrying levels is another reason for deciding another postponement
“We see this decision as a postponement, rather than a cancellation. I am sure that the Geneva International Motor Show will come back stronger than ever in 2023, ″ said organizing president Maurice Turrenttini.
Just a month ago, in Germany, the IAA Mobility 2021 did not have the expected call for the first event in its new headquarters, which is now Munich, replacing the traditional Frankfurt square.
Geneva’s decision could be to go ahead, but taking a similar risk, ending up dulling a true auto industry party.
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