Springtime in Southern California is awesome.
Like every major international and local auto show in 2020, we expected the Los Angeles Auto Show to be canceled or at least delayed. Its fate remained up in the air. CarBuzz reached out last month to show organizers about the issue but they were adamant the November event was continuing as planned. We were skeptical for obvious reasons. Today, however, it appears the 2020 LA Auto Show has been delayed.
According to Automotive News, this year's event has been postponed until May 2021 because of - you guessed it - the coronavirus pandemic. An official statement from the show's management has not yet arrived and we'll update this article once we hear back from our latest inquiry. But honestly, it was really only a matter of time until LA was officially delayed or canceled altogether.
The choice to push it back by several months will enable organizers to hold more outdoor events with the intent of creating a "spring blitz." Of course, this will all depend on the pandemic's status which is impossible to predict at this time. But what's interesting about the proposed dates in May is that there could be three straight months of major American auto shows taking place.
The 2020 New York Auto Show has been canceled outright, but the 2021 event in the Big Apple is now scheduled for April. The 2020 Detroit Auto Show also didn't happen last June. Instead, the 2021 Motor City event will continue as planned in June. Typically, there's at least a two-month gap or so between shows.
Assuming LA is indeed happening next May, it'll be very interesting to see how automakers respond. Will they attend all three? Bear in mind show attendance is a very expensive ordeal. Millions of dollars are spent each time and automakers have been drastically reducing spending lately. But still, LA has hosted more premium brands than Detroit.
For example, Porsche hasn't been at Detroit for several years but has chosen LA for major reveals, such as the latest generation Porsche 911. New York is also ideal for luxury brands because, like LA, it's a coastal city. Detroit, meanwhile, is GM, Ford, and FCA's home turf, meaning lots of trucks, SUVs and muscle cars.
Expect an official update on the 2020 LA Auto Show's status very soon.