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Beijing Motor Show postponed until further notice

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The People’s Republic of China being the largest in the world national automotive market, the largest in the country the auto show is an important event event for car manufacturers, foreign and domestic. Obviously, this has been hit or miss if public health conditions allow for large-scale events to be held in China. Now, the 2022 Beijing Motor Show is postponed indefinitely.

Othero China (Beijing Auto Show) and Auto Shanghai hold their show every year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, neither Beijing nor Shanghai had canceled their shows in the past two years. The 2020 Beijing Motor Show was originally scheduled for April that year, but was delayed until late September by the pandemic.

However, by the time Auto Shanghai 2021 took place, it was held in April as usual. A show featuring a protester climbing atop a Tesla to tell the whole convention center how the brakes on his dad’s Model 3 would have failed.

In March, it was announced that this year’s Beijing Motor Show would not take place in April. New event dates have not been announced, and it was confirmed today that a rise in COVID cases means there won’t be new dates for some time. According Reuters, The Auto China Secretariat said in a message on WeChat: “We will pay close attention to the development of the epidemic and strive to improve the event organization and service work in accordance with the requirements of the epidemic prevention and control policy.

Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept

Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept
Image: Audi SA

Audi was to launch its A6 e-tron Avant in Beijing. Additionally, Chinese-owned MG was set to unveil a new electric sedan. I wouldn’t be surprised if this postponement scuttled the plans of several other automakers. The Beijing Motor Show could be held later in the year, like in 2020, but the number of COVID cases in China would have to drop.

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