The coronavirus has claimed another victim in the global auto industry. This time, it isn’t a car manufacturer’s operations in the People’s Republic, but China’s largest car show.
Yes, the Beijing Motor Show (also known as Auto China) has been postponed this year due to ongoing health concerns stemming from the coronavirus outbreak that the country is currently facing. The event’s organizer, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) has already made the announcement, but it has yet to provide the new dates for the car show.
“Based on the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic situation, Beijing Municipal People’s Government has imposed its highest-level response mechanism for major public health emergencies,” the CCPIT statement reads.
“To ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and participants, we, on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 2020 (16th) Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (Auto China 2020), have decided to postpone the event, which was initially scheduled at the new and old venues of China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in Beijing from April 21 to 30 this year. The rescheduled date will be notified separately.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are currently more than 73,000 recorded cases of the coronavirus across the globe, with more than 72,000 of these being in Mainland China. Taking into account these numbers, CCPIT is probably making the right call here. Better safe than sorry.