2022 Geneva Motor Show cancelled due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Geneva show cancelled for three years running but hope for 2023 return remains
Organisers of the Geneva Motor Show have confirmed that the 2022 event, which was due to be held next February, has been cancelled due to persisting problems posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blaming ‘direct and indirect’ issues, the Geneva show’s organising committee said that with continuing travel restrictions affecting international exhibitors, media and visitors, there was ‘no alternative’ but to postpone Geneva until 2023.
The decision means that the Geneva show will have been missing from the calendar for three years in a row. The 2020 edition of the show was cancelled only days before opening its doors to the world’s media and visiting public, in the early stages of the global pandemic.
As well as Covid, organisers have blamed the ongoing semiconductor shortage affecting car manufacturers globally as a reason not to hold the show next year, explaining that supply chain issues meant that manufacturers had ‘new priorities’ to solve first. They also revealed that several carmakers had already pulled out of the show during early planning stages.
"We have pushed very hard and tried everything to reactivate the Geneva International Motor Show in 2022", said Maurice Turrettini, President of the show’s organising committee.
"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. But we see this decision as a postponement, rather than a cancellation. I am confident that the Geneva International Motor Show will come back stronger than ever in 2023."
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