Next week’s Geneva Motor Show (GIMS), at the 90th edition, has been canceled because of coronavirus fears.
“We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority,” the car show’s organizers said in a statement on Friday. The show in Geneva is a showcase for some of the world’s most expensive and exclusive cars, but it’s also used to launch more mainstream models. Roughly 220 exhibitors attend the annual car show, along with 10,000 journalists and roughly 660,000 visitors. Swiss authorities reported 15 coronavirus cases. A decision of the Swiss government Federal Council of 28 February 2020 says that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020.
The construction of the stands in Geneva was very nearly complete. When asked about the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year, the organizers responded with: “The show cannot be postponed. It’s not possible. It’s too big. In September, October? It’s not feasible.”The ﬁnancial consequences for all those involved in the event are signiﬁcant and will need to be assessed over the coming weeks. Tickets purchased for the event will be refunded. First held in 1905, the Geneva Motor Show has hosted almost all major internal combustion engined models in the history of the automobile