Beijing auto show canceled due to coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Chinese epidemic continues to have a direct impact on the automotive industry. Following the suspension of the activities of a number of factories, a decision was made to postpone one of the world’s largest exhibitions. New dates for the Beijing International Motor Show have not yet been determined.

Rumors that went some time ago became a reality: the organizers of the Beijing Motor Show announced the postponement of the exhibition. The exhibition was to be held from April 21 to 30, and when it will take place now is unknown.

Officially, the transfer is due to concern for the safety of exhibitors. The organizers of the international show mention the need to prevent coronavirus (now isolation and quarantine are considered to be one of the best means) and protect the health of both participants and visitors. However, according to the publication Automotive News, it is also a matter of those purely organizational problems that the widespread use of quarantines in China entails.

For example, potential participants in the show may have serious difficulties with the delivery of equipment and exhibits to the territory of the exhibition center. And the import of a number of goods from abroad is now directly prohibited by the Chinese authorities.

The Beijing auto show along with the Shanghai one (both exhibitions are held alternately every two years) is considered one of the key industry events in the largest automobile market in the world.

In Beijing, the world’s major manufacturers are trying to showcase their latest products destined for China. Meanwhile, at the moment, the number of patients with coronavirus in the Celestial Empire has exceeded 70 thousand people.

Note that recently the management of Formula 1 officially announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix of China.


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