The coronavirus epidemic has now officially affected the automotive industry judging how the upcoming Geneva Motor Show has just been canceled due to fear of infection.
Many members of the vehicle industry are unhappy with the decision, especially since the virus is no worse than your standard flu, symptom-wise, despite spreading faster. The decision to cancel one of the world’s biggest auto shows fell to the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health in collaboration with the showrunners.
In a recent press statement, the organizers of the Geneva Car Show mentioned regretting having to take this decision. Nevertheless, it was made for the benefit of potential participants.
Statistics showcase that every year about 220 exhibitors are present at the Geneva Auto Show, alongside 660,000 visitors and some 10,000 journalists. Generally, top brands showcase their newest prototypes, business models, and upcoming releases. Given the recent explosion in the production of electric and self-driving vehicles, chances are that the exhibitors had a number of thrilling surprises.
For instance, Volkswagen was planning to announce its all-new Golf GTI Performance, whereas BMW was ready to unveil the Concept i4 model. These releases will still occur — for instance, BMW will likely unveil the new model via a live stream.
At the moment, health authorities indicate that there are at least 15 coronavirus infections in Switzerland. Yet, auto shows like these gather participants from all around the world, giving the virus optimal spreading conditions.
The absence of this year’s Geneva motor show might lead to further decreasing sales on the automotive market, which has been experiencing a downward trend over the past few months.