In light of the seriousness of this unprecedented health crisis and its consequent economic shock wave, two major automotive events, the Paris Auto Salon in France and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, have been forced to announce that they will not be able to hold them in 2020.
The Paris Auto Salon was scheduled for the end of September / beginning of October. The Goodwood Festival of Speed was to happen from July 9 – 12.
The Paris Auto Salon stated; “In light of the seriousness of this unprecedented health crisis and its consequent economic shock wave, which has severely struck the automotive sector, we are forced to announce that we will not be able to hold the 2020 Paris Motor Show in its current format at the Porte de Versailles. Movin’On, the Smart City and side events are not concerned for the moment. We are thoroughly examining all alternative solutions with our main partners. The deep reinvention of the event that we had already initiated, particularly with the Festival dimension around sustainable mobility as well as an important BtoB section, could offer this opportunity.”
The cancellation of these events goes to further illustrate the impact of the pandemic on the automotive industry, assuming proportions that no one could have foreseen, and that some market participants see as the greatest threat to the global automotive industry since the Second World War.