COVID postpones, again, the autoshow in Beijing autoshow
The event was scheduled for late April; however, due to a recent flare up of COVID-19 cases, it will be held at a later date which is to be decided.
Auto China, the event’s organisers, have not revealed any details regarding the future date. China has been confronting with a major wave of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases. It seems to be the most serios since the initial outbreak centred on Wuhan in 2020. Multiple provinces have rolled out movement controls.
The postponement would entail huge losses for organisers, but authorities fear that it could trigger a new huge COVID wave in China and beyond. Auto News China suggests the show could be pushed back to June.
The trade show in the world’s largest auto market and takes places, every year, in Beijing and Shanghai, alternatively. It traditionally attracts both international and domestic automakers, including Volkswagen, Toyota, and Geely, and is often used as a launch pad to announce new products. BMW, for instance, who is doubling down on its electrification commitment, was supposed to launch the BMW i7 at Beijing Autoshow. The all-new BMW 7 Series was supposed to be globally unveiled on April 20, 2022. Besides, Mercedes-Benz was planning to present the all-electric EQS SUV at the show. Audi’s third Sphere concept has also been confirmed for its launch at the event, as has Volkswagen’s ID Aero15 concept.
The Beijing autoshow was also postponed in 2020 to September of that year from April due to the coronavirus.