The annual New York auto show has been pushed back to August from April because of the coronavirus, organizers said in March. The annual show, staged by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, was one of many major events to be canceled or postponed as health experts and government officials scrambled worldwide to contain the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Press previews will be staged Aug. 26 and 27, followed by public days on Aug. 28 through Sept. 6, organizers said. It had been scheduled to open to the media on April 8 and 9 and then to the public starting April 10.

Because the New York area is a major source of new-vehicle sales, notably for luxury brands, dealers were anxious to preserve the fate of an event that dates back to 1900 after the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, which was called off late last month for the first time since the World War II era.

The show has in past years drawn more than a million visitors and is a boon to the city’s hospitality industry. It typically draws more than 5,000 reporters.

Source: Crain’s New York Business

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