Organisers plan related events in its stead.
The Mondial de l’Auto of Paris was to take place from October 1st-11th.
The reason is COVID-19, or its side-effects.
Only yesterday, we learned that the Detroit Auto Show, at its new time and venue, has been canceled. So far this year, the Geneva Motor Show, New York Auto Show and now the NAIAS have been put off due to continuing spread and threat posed by the coronavirus. The cancellation of the Mondial de l’auto, which was scheduled for October, seems premature however the reasoning behind the decision is wise.
Unlike Geneva and New York, which were annulled in order to limit the propagation of the disease, the Paris Auto Show organizers, according to Caradisiac, have wisely decided to avoid facing the possibility of being forced to put a stop to the event in the future for various reasons.
As we’ve reported already, the coronavirus is costing car manufacturers billions of dollars. Salaries are being cut, employees are finding themselves without work and costs to stay afloat are mounting. Mondial organisers are projecting that carmakers will be looking to limit expenses or refocus budgets once the COVID-19 cloud lifts and auto shows are likely to be at the top of the cut lists.
As such, in order to avoid going forward with the planning and preparations only to see OEM after OEM announce that they will not be attending the event, it has been canceled. Various smaller events will be held in its stead.