The COVID-19 outbreak has canceled or postponed auto shows left and right, and it looks like the Los Angeles Auto Show is no exception. Quoting “three people familiar with the planning of the show”, Automotive News claims that the Los Angeles event originally scheduled to take place in the second half of November has been postponed from May 21 to May 31, 2021. It is believed that an official announcement from the show’s organizers confirming that the new dates could arrive soon this week.
If the event scheduled to take place in the City of Angels does indeed move to May next year, that means it will be sandwiched between the New York Auto Show scheduled for April and the Paris Auto Show. Detroit Auto (NAIAS) in June. As A points out, it would be quite difficult for automakers to decide where to unveil their shiny new models given that there will be three major auto shows within three months rather than the usual seven-month window in a regular year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the New York and Detroit shows had no other way but to cancel the events, which is the same thing that can be said about the World Cup. ‘Automobile de Paris. It was scheduled for early October, but that’s no longer happening. As for the Beijing Motor Show, it was supposed to take place in April and was postponed until the end of September. As of this writing, the show in China is still running, from September 26 to October 5.
With the vast majority of auto shows canceled or postponed, automakers have decided to hold their own reveal events. Most of them take place exclusively online, which is why Motor1.com publishes more livestreams than usual. A relevant example is the Mercedes S-Class W223 which will debut in the next few hours, featuring the Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept and the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid for an online premiere only tomorrow.