It was previously postponed but has now been rendered impossible.
Back in March, the 2020 New York International Auto was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The show was set to be held in April but was pushed back until late August because the Jacob K Javits Convention Center was being used as a field hospital. Since the NY Auto Show's postponement, the 2020 Detroit Auto Show in June and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance were flat-out canceled.
Even though the Javits Center currently has no patients, the facility remains open as an active hospital in standby mode for the foreseeable future according to a press release from the organizers of the NYIAS. For this reason, the 2020 show has been canceled and the next show will take place from April 2 to April 11, 2021 with the press days occurring on March 31 and April 1.
"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 owns and 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."
"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."
The show's cancelation has important ramifications for the automotive industry. Based on 109 data, 72 percent of show attendees said they will buy or lease a new vehicle in the next 12 months, and 36 percent said they were considering new brands after attending the show. Numerous automakers planned product reveals at the show but have since pivoted to online releases instead. The Acura TLX, for instance, will make its debut online after it was initially set to bow in New York.