The 2021 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic
The show will be held at the Palais des Congrès from January 21 to 30, 2022
Many automakers will not be present
The pandemic caused many events to be cancelled around the word in 2020 and 2021. The 2021 edition of the Montreal Auto Show was no exception, but the 2022 edition is now confirmed to happen.
With the easing of many sanitary rules, indoor events can resume their activities in Quebec, which is good news for car enthusiasts who missed being able to see all of the new models in the same place.
Attendance is expected to be strong since a survey of the “friends of the Show”, 86% are likely or very likely to visit the show.
Like has been usual for many years now, the Montreal Auto Show will be held at the Palais des Congrès at the end of January, from the 21 to the 30.
What will not be as usual however, is the number of manufacturers present. Indeed, the show’s organisers have declared that the pandemic has changed the way auto shows will be held in the future.
Only about half of the manufacturers that sell cars in Canada will have a stand at the show. Some car companies blame low inventories and slow sales to explain their absence, but this had been a growing trend before the pandemic.
Indeed, Volvo and Mercedes, among others, were already absent form the 2020 edition, with the latter being represented by a coalition of dealers. This could happen with other brands for the 2022 edition, meaning the number of cars on site could be similar to the previous years, but the official support from the automakers is diminishing.
Many car companies decide it is not worth spending the money to bring cars at smaller auto shows, preferring to concentrate their efforts on the Detroit and Toronto Shows instead of Montreal.
A further announcement will be made in late November to release pricing details and the complete program. Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the site, both for visitors and participants.