This is the third consecutive year Europe's largest motor show has been canceled due to you-know-what.
After being canceled for two consecutive years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Geneva Motor Show was set to make a long-awaited return in February 2022. But despite other major auto events like the Munich Motor Show returning this year, organizers have announced the Geneva Motor Show has been canceled for a third year due to "industry-wide issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Europe's biggest motor show will now return in 2023 on an unspecified date. With travel restrictions still in place for international exhibitors, visitors, and journalists, organizers were left "with no alternative" but to postpone the show until 2023 to create a "more impactful event."
"Many exhibitors have indicated that the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible for them to make a firm commitment for GIMS 2022," Sandro Mesquita, CEO of the Geneva International Motor Show, commented.
"On top of this is the negative impact that the current shortage of semiconductors has on car manufacturers. The chip crisis is likely to drag on well into next year, with negative financial implications for OEMs. In these uncertain times, many brands are therefore unable to make a commitment to participate in a trade fair that would have taken place in just over four months. When considering all the factors, it became clear that it was necessary to postpone the show, and to announce the news sooner than later to avoid canceling at short notice."
Challenges created by the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, which "led to several recent cancellations," are also being blamed. In the past, some of the world's finest supercars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster have debuted in Geneva, but Lamborghini had already pulled out before the 2022 Geneva Motor Show was canceled.
Other major brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, BMW, General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis were also going to be absent in favor of hosting standalone events.
Announced back in August, the first-ever Qatar Geneva Motor Show was scheduled to take place in either the fall of 2022 or 2023, but the latter now seems more likely.
"We have pushed very hard and tried everything to reactivate the Geneva International Motor Show in 2022", said Maurice Turrettini, President of the Comité permanent du Salon international de l'automobile. "Despite all our efforts, we have to face the facts and the reality: the pandemic situation is not under control and presents itself as a big threat for a large indoor event like GIMS. Turrettini added the decision was made "as a postponement, rather than a cancelation" and that the "Geneva International Motor Show will come back stronger than ever in 2023."