Geneva Motor Show postponed for third year running

The Geneva International Motor Show has been postponed for the third year running, after event organisers decided to postpone next year’s show until 2023.

Europe’s biggest motor show was set to return in February 2022, having not been held since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Comité permanent du Salon international de l’automobile, organisers of the Geneva Motor Show, said next year’s edition will not go ahead due to “industry-wide issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic”.

“While February 2022 will be cancelled, the steps already taken to evolve the platform will continue to be implemented, allowing for a more impactful show in 2023,” a Geneva International Motor Show statement said.

It added that the decision to cancel the 2022 edition was made with “the best interests of both car manufacturers and automotive fans in mind”.

“The direct and indirect issues relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic left the organisers with no alternative,” it said.

Organiser cited travel restrictions for “international exhibitors, visitors, and journalists” as reasons for next year’s cancellation.

It also said the semiconductor shortage has “presented car manufacturers with new priorities that they need to solve first”.

“These issues led to several recent cancellations, which resulted in the final confirmation of the show’s postponement,” the statement said.

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