And it's going to be bigger and better than ever before.
The New York Auto Show was one of many major international events that got canceled this year, because cramming crowds of gearheads into a massive exhibition hall isn't a good idea during a global pandemic. Originally scheduled to open its doors last April, the 2020 New York International Auto Show was postponed until August this year before being completely canceled.
Now, show organizers have announced the dates for the rescheduled New York Auto Show: mark your calendars for August 20-29, 2021. A press day is also scheduled for August 19, 2021. This means the New York show will slot neatly in between the 2021 LA Auto Show, rescheduled for May 2021, and the 2021 Detroit Auto Show next October. The Geneva Motor Show, on the other hand, could potentially return next year, but it may not be open to the public. Instead, it will reportedly be a media-only event.
Next year's New York Auto show will also be bigger than ever before. Moving the show to August will also allow organizers to host the event in the newly expanded Javits Center, which offers an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of space for exhibitors on the main show floor. It also features a modern 53,000 square-foot "special event space" overlooking the Hudson River that organizers claim will be "the largest of its kind in the Northeast" with a capacity of over 5,000 guests.
In addition, the expansion will also add a 480,000 square-foot, four-level marshaling facility, 27 new loading docks, 107,000 sq. ft. of new meeting room space, 113,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space, and a rooftop pavilion accommodating 1,500 guests and a one-acre rooftop farm.
The indoor electric vehicle test track that allows manufacturers to show off electric cars, trucks, and SUVs in action is also being expanded. "Looking at all the issues we're facing, we have determined that moving the dates of the 2021 NYIAS to August is not only the responsible thing to do, but it puts us in a unique position to occupy the expanded Javits Center with an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space on the main floor and much more," said Mark Schienberg, President of the New York Auto Show.
Had the 2020 show taken place in April as originally planned, the event would have hosted new model debuts such as the new Ford Bronco and Acura TLX. Instead, both models debuted in online digital events hosted by the manufacturers.