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Pandemic puts the brakes on Tokyo Motor Show

This year's Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time ever because of the coronavirus, Japan's auto industry group said Thursday.

The biennial car show - one of Japan's biggest industrial events - had been scheduled for the autumn, after the Tokyo Olympics take place this summer.

The last Tokyo Motor Show in 2019 drew around 1.3 million people, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

But this year's event was cancelled because "it is difficult to offer our main programme in a safe and secure environment", said JAMA chairman Akio Toyoda, also head of Toyota.

Japan is facing a surge in Covid-19 cases driven by more infectious variants, with another virus state of emergency expected to be imposed in Tokyo and other major cities.

 

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2021 Tokyo motor show cancelled for first time in 67 years

Surge in Covid-19 cases in Japan prompts event's cancellation; it will be rebranded when it returns

2021 Tokyo motor show cancelled for first time in 67 years

Surge in Covid-19 cases in Japan prompts event's cancellation; it will be rebranded when it returns

The Tokyo motor show has been cancelled for the first time since the inaugural event in 1954, due to the ongoing pandemic.

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, who also serves as chairman of event organiser the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, is quoted by Automotive News Europe as telling reporters: "We've concluded that it will be difficult to offer our main programs where many visitors get to experience attractive features of mobility in a safe environment."

The biennial event - typically one of the largest of its kind globally - has until now always gone ahead as scheduled. However, a surge in Covid-19 infections in Japan is causing concern, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said to be considering declaring a state of emergency in cities including Tokyo and Osaka.

The Tokyo motor show's cancellation comes just three months before Japan is set to host the Olympics, which have already been pushed back by a year.

When it returns in 2022 or 2023, the Tokyo motor show will be rebranded as a 'mobility show' to reflect the increasingly diverse field of transportation solutions on offer from Japanese manufacturers.

 

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Geneva motor show set for full-scale return in 2022

Europe's biggest motoring event will return after a two-year hiatus, with exhibitor applications open now

The organisers of the Geneva motor show have confirmed that Europe's biggest motoring event will return in 2022, following 12 months of uncertainty over its future.

Exhibitors are now being invited to register for their attendance at the event, which will take place as usual at the Palexpo centre, on 17-27 February next year.

It will be the 91st edition of the Geneva show and the first to be held since 2019. The 2020 event was called off at the last minute due to the then worsening coronavirus pandemic and 2021's cancelled because of a shortage of interested exhibitors.

As a result of the successive cancellations, the Foundation of the Geneva International Motor Show (FGIMS) turned down a £14.1 million loan from the state of Geneva (contingent on a 2021 event) and sold the motor show to Palexpo SA, the firm that runs Geneva's largest exhibition centre.

Sandro Mesquita, CEO of the Geneva show, said: ""With the dispatch of the tender packages, we are now officially starting the organisation of GIMS 2022.

 

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Substantially tweaked Geneva Motor Show planned for 2022

Many feared the Covid-19 pandemic had been the final nail in the coffin for international motor shows, which had already been struggling with negative publicity following widespread climate protests like the ones staged at the 2019 Frankfurt show.

However, the successful staging of the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show in April brought some hope that the car show could live again, and now it appears that the European show scene is getting into gear following the recent confirmation that the Geneva Motor Show has been given the green light for 2022.

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) has announced that it is on track to host an event from 19 to 27 February 2022, with press days on the 17th and 18th. The timing is a little earlier than usual as the event has in the past been staged in March.

Geneva Motor Show organisers promise “an exciting evolution, which is reported to be substantially different from the past, assuming favourable pandemic conditions”.

“My team and I can hardly wait to present our concept to the exhibitors and subsequently to the public,” GIMS CEO Sandro Mesquita added.

 

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2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed to go ahead at full capacity

All ticket holders can attend the Sussex motoring festival but must be vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19

The Goodwood Festival of Speed will go ahead as planned, after being named as a pilot event to test Covid-19 safety measures.

The event at the Sussex venue will take place on 8-11 July but had been in doubt after the government delayed the lifting of social-distancing measures and limits on mass events due to ongoing coronavirus case levels.

That cast doubt on Goodwood’s plans, but the event has confirmed on social media that it has been named as part of the Events Research Programme (ERP), which has run scientific studies at a number of events.

The decision means that all ticket, grandstand and hospitality pass holders will be able to attend as planned, including those who ‘rolled over’ tickets from the cancelled 2020 event.

As part of the ERP study, everyone attending the Festival must have either received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the event, or show proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of attending. Attendees will also have to consent to ERP and NHS test and trace requirements.

 

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Paris motor show partners with Equip Auto for 2022 return

French motor show returns after four-year break in partnership with trade show equivalent

The biennial Paris motor show will return in 2022 after a four-year hiatus, partnering with the Equip Auto trade show to form a new-look event: Paris Automotive Week.

The Paris motor show, held on alternate years as a sister event to the Frankfurt motor show, is one of Europe's biggest motoring events. It last ran in 2018, as the 2020 edition was one of the many motor shows cancelled due to the pandemic.

Now the organisers of the event have announced plans for a full-scale return from 17-23 October next year, in partnership with Equip Auto, which is one of the biggest events on the automotive trade's event calendar.

The Paris Automotive Week exhibition will be held in the usual Paris Expo venue at Porte de Versailles in the south-west of the city, but a bespoke digital platform will offer remote access to French and international visitors.

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Paris Motor Show set for 2022 reboot, with new format

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Paris Motor Show is set to make a comeback next year, albeit with a somewhat different format.

The international motor show is joining forces with the Equip Auto trade show to form the Paris Automotive Week. Set to be held from 17 to 23 October at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, the new format will centre around a series of events, including “inspiring talks” and test drives. While the general motor show will be open to all, the Equip Auto trade component will only be available to relevant industry professionals.

“After two years of living through the pandemic and faced with the unprecedented challenges looming over the automotive industry, we found ourselves together in the same place and it all suddenly became very clear to us. And so the “Paris Automotive Week” was born,” said Luc Chatel, President of the French Automotive Sector Platform. “For one week, Paris will be the best showcase, lab and forum for 21st-century automobiles and transport.

“It is a week where France will welcome the world to unveil the latest automotive models and present them to the general public, whilst also sharing with professionals the new developments and concepts designed to equip, maintain and repair the vehicles of today and tomorrow.

 

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Munich motor show 2021: all the new cars on show

First Munich running of the International Mobility Show is set to see several major model reveals

The International Mobility Show in September, held in Munich for the first time, will be the first full-scale motor show held in Europe since the pandemic took hold, so we are expecting to get our long- awaited first look at several important new models.

Mercedes-Benz looks set to dominate proceedings with no less than five high-profile debuts, but other European manufacturers will be out in force. Here's a first look at the most important models we'll see at our first in-person motor show for nearly two years.

 

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The New York Auto Show Has Been Canceled

The show was set to take place later this month in Manhattan.


The New York Auto Show, which didn’t happen last year and was delayed till August this year, has been canceled, because of the spike in Covid cases resulting from the emergence of the Delta variant. The show was supposed to begin in just 15 days.

Organizers’ statement, in part:

It is with great disappointment that the upcoming 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been cancelled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread.
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As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone including attendees, exhibitors, and the thousands of men and women who put the Show together. Over the past few weeks, and especially within the last few days, circumstances have changed making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect.
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The Covid pandemic has challenged our City, the country and the entire world, but just like the automobile industry, we know that the New York Auto Show will rebound and be bigger and better than before.
We firmly believe that will be the case when the Show returns to its regular spring schedule in April 2022.

 

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New York Auto Show cancelled due to COVID-19 Delta variant threat

The New York Auto Show has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to the rising threat of COVID-19 cases. Organisers have already confirmed that they hope to reschedule the event for the same time next year.

As Bloomberg reports, concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant was the driving force for the cancellation. “All signs were positive, and the show was coming together stronger than ever, but today is a different story,” Mark Schienberg, president of the New York Auto Show, said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The New York Auto Show has been a 121-year old tradition for the city. This cancellation comes just weeks after Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed gratitude for the show’s return as it contributes $300 million (approximately R4,3 billion) to the local and state economy.

This year’s event was set to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre once again with a press day commencing the event on the 19th of August. It’s understood that close to 1 000 vehicles would have been spread across one million square feet of exhibit space.

 

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Pandemic puts the brakes on 2021 New York Auto Show

The international motor show calendar is sparking back to life, with Germany’s IAA show set to take place next month and the Geneva Motor Show on track for 2022. But that doesn’t mean industry is immune to pandemic related setbacks.

The New York Auto Show pulled the plug on its 2021 edition on Wednesday, citing the uptick in Covid-19 cases and new government measures to limit the outbreak.

The gathering, scheduled for late August, was to be one of the first major trade shows at New York's Javits Center and now becomes among the first to fall victim to the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.

"It is with great disappointment that the upcoming 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been cancelled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread," Mark Schienberg, the event's president, said in a statement.

The 121-year-old show, which is normally held in the spring, was pushed back due to the pandemic and rescheduled for August 20-29.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/indu...uto-show-a8e4fbdc-4ffe-568f-b3b1-f1ec04e0774f
 

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South African Festival of Motoring postponed until 2022

Yet another motor show has fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Messe Frankfurt South Africa having confirmed that the 2021 Festival of Motoring has been postponed until next year.

Managing Director Joshua Low said the decision was made due to the latest surge in Covid-19 cases and the worsening of the third wave. This means that the next edition of the event will take place from 26 to 28 August 2022, at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. This year’s event was originally scheduled for 26-29 August.

"The safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff is of the utmost concern for us,” said Low. “We believe this to be in the best interests of the industry and the event. We understand the significant impact of Covid-19 on the industry, but we are excited about the next event; with new feature areas, an additional focus on B2B and other initiatives to ensure that it will be the best one yet,” Low added.

Organisers say the 2022 event will provide the ideal platform for the motor industry to relaunch and engage with potential customers in an experiential format. In addition to customised areas for participating OEMs, show-goers can look forward to a range of family friendly activities as well as culinary experiences with celebrity chef Reuben Riffel.

 

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SA Festival of Motoring postponed again due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Last year, the anticipated SA Festival of Motoring was called-off due to the hard lockdown measures implemented at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic. With this, the organisers stated that plans to reschedule for this year were underway but given the latest rise in cases, the event has been postponed yet again.

“Given the latest surge in Covid-19 cases and the worsening of the third wave, Messe Frankfurt South Africa has decided to postpone the 2021 Festival of Motoring,” says Managing Director, Joshua Low.

“The safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff is of the outmost concern for us. We believe this to be in the best interest of the industry and the event,” says Low. “We understand the significant impact of Covid-19 on the industry, but we are excited about the next event; with new feature areas, an additional focus on B2B and other initiatives to ensure that it will be the best one yet,” he adds.

The fifth edition of the SA Festival of Motoring has been rescheduled at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, from the 26-28 August 2022.

 

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Breaking: Geneva motor show to spawn biennial Qatar event

Europe's biggest motoring event gets offshoot in Doha as part of new deal with Qatar Tourism

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), historically Europe's largest motoring event, will spawn a biennial event in Doha as part of a new tie-up between the show's organisers and Qatar Tourism.

The event will be held in Switzerland as normal on 19-27 February 2022, with a related show at the new Middle Eastern venue from either autumn 2022 or 2023. Show organisers have clarified that the Geneva event will continue on an annual basis.

It will now be known as the Qatar Geneva International Motor Show, with the co-organising bodies hailing the new calendar addition as a "new world-renowned motor show for the Middle East".

The Geneva motor show has been held near-annually since its inception in 1905, although the 2022 running will be the first in three years, after the 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Final dates for the first Qatari running of the show will be confirmed in the coming weeks, said show organisers, who intend to host the show biennially. A "full concept" for the show's new format will be presented at Geneva in February.

 

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Munich motor show 2021: all the new cars on show​

First Munich running of the International Mobility Show is set to see several major model reveals

The International Mobility Show in September, held in Munich for the first time, will be the first full-scale motor show held in Europe since the pandemic took hold, so we are expecting to get our long- awaited first look at several important new models.

Mercedes-Benz looks set to dominate proceedings with no fewer than five high-profile debuts, but other European manufacturers will be out in force.

The International Mobility Show will take place alongside the Munich motor show, where more than 1000 exhibitors and speakers will present innovations and concepts for the future of mobility. Over 100 technologies are expected to receive a world debut, with new developments in mobility presented, along with the path to a climate-neutral future and advances in digitisation.

"The IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich will be the largest and most modern mobility event in the world and is a perfect fit at a time when Europe has set out to be the world’s first climate-neutral continent. Traffic plays a major role in this scenario," said Jürgen Mindel, managing director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), organiser of the IAA Mobility.

 

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Opinion: The motor show is dead... long live the mobility show?

What does a post-covid motor show need to look like to be judged a success? Munich may provide some answers

Pre-covid the motor show was dying. Then, early into the pandemic, they were declared dead, the co-incidence of Covid-19 hitting full swing in Europe just in time to knock out the Geneva motor show hastening chat of their permanent demise.

Now, post-covid, mid-covid or perhaps at the beginning of the end of covid, depending on your point of view of where we are now, I find myself in Munich on the eve of the IAA Mobility Show, billed - but studiously not referred to - as the reinvention of the motor show.

I’m excited - but anxious. Just holding a show in pandemic conditions is an achievement, but what does a truly successful event look like in the modern era, given the cost and time vs reward analysis was making the motor show's viability look, at best, paper thin before?

The clue to the direction organisers are looking is in the name, of course - goodbye motor, hello mobility - but the fear is that while the intention of regrouping around the path to the future in this period of unprecedented change is spot on, the execution may be altogether too familiar.

For all the talk of a bold new era, all the signs are that the manufacturers look set to once again make this show an arms race, not just in terms of the volume of eye-catching reveals, but with bigger stands, bigger headlines and the same ebulliently job-titled men in suits of varying extravagance making ever-bolder statements.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...inion-motor-show-dead-long-live-mobility-show
 

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Protests linger as Germany's IAA motor show aims for climate friendlier image​


Germany's biggest motor show, taking place in Munich this week, is no longer just about cars.

This year's IAA show, the first major motor industry event worldwide since the Covid-19 pandemic, wants to be about mobility in general, from bikes to e-scooters to cars.

"Climate-friendly engines, the digital connectivity of transport - that's what this fair is about," Hildegard Müller, president of industry association VDA, which organises thebi-annual show, said at a pre-event press conference last week."The goal of climate protection is guiding us."

The show, which has shifted this year from Frankfurt to Munich and is themed "Mobility of the Future", is a far cry from its usual format showcasing the biggest and mightiest cars on the market. The pandemic and growing concern over climate change have cast an uncomfortable shadow over the event, already under pressure from waning attendance numbers in previous years - from 930 000 in 2015 to just 560 000 in 2019.

Indeed, many industry stalwarts have decided against showing up: Toyota, Jaguar's Land Rover, Stellantis - including its German brand Opel - and Ferrari, to name a few.

 

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Best new cars coming 2022 to 2025: My A-Z guide to the Munich Motor Show! - Carwow

 

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Subscriber Extra: How Autocar covers an international motor show​

The eyes of the motoring world were on Munich this week, but we started planning months ago

Motor shows are back, then. We haven’t missed the silly-hour airport arrivals, the firm hotel mattresses or the criminally weak teas, but boy have we missed being at the events themselves, poring over the headline-baiting new cars and raiding the brains of those who brought them there.

The Munich motor show this week was the first full-scale international motor show held on European soil since Frankfurt in September 2019 – and in the interlude we have been somewhat restricted in terms of our physical access to crucial new metal and high-level company executives. Zoom and Skype calls are fantastic for added insight but can’t quite replicate the invaluable experience of a face-to-face interview on the show stand.

So, while every motor show is absolutely mission-critical for the Autocar news desk, Munich had that extra hint of anticipation behind it in the run-up, which – it’s worth saying – felt quite a lot shorter than usual, given the event itself seemed uncertain to go ahead as planned almost until we got on the plane. No sooner had the attending companies been confirmed than we were firing out interview requests and drawing up a list (of truly encyclopedic length) of questions for the company representatives that were due to appear and present.

 
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