The 2020 Paris Motor Show, originally scheduled to start on the 29th of September, has been cancelled “in its current format”, with organisers citing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequent economic shockwave.
According to a statement released by the organisers, the main event at the Porte de Versailles will not continue as planned. However, other side events such as the Movin’On summit and Smart City exhibition from the larger Paris Motion Festival will not be affected as of now.
The statement adds, “The deep reinvention of the event that we had already initiated, particularly with the Festival dimension around sustainable mobility as well as an important B2B section, could offer this opportunity.
“Nothing will ever be the same, but from this crisis we must learn to become agile, creative and more innovative than ever.”
The Paris Motor Show is yet another addition to the growing list of cancelled or postponed automotive events around the world, including the abruptly cancelled Geneva Motor Show, New York auto show, and recently the Detroit motor show.
The Paris Motor Show, which alternates annually with the Frankfurt motor show, has seen dwindling attendance figures in recent years. It remains unclear if the “traditional” motor show will make its return as a full show in 2022, based on the “deep reinvention” mentioned in the statement.
The Frankfurt motor show has been relocated to Munich starting from 2021.