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Official: Beijing Motor Show postponed due to Covid-19

The 2022 Beijing Motor Show has been officially postponed due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in China.

Reports circulating earlier this month suggested the event would not go ahead as planned, but event host Auto China has only just confirmed the decision on its WeChat page. A new date has not yet been set.

Organizers said, “The widespread and frequent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in many parts of China has posed a major challenge for epidemic prevention and control in the country.

“In order to fully cooperate and implement the epidemic prevention and control requirements of the Beijing state and municipal government, effectively ensure the physical health and public health safety of exhibitors as well as good exhibition results, we, the Secretariat of the 2022 (17th) Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, have decided to postpone the auto show which was originally scheduled for April 21-30 this year.”

The second major international auto show of the year was scheduled to be held April 21-30, a week after the New York International Auto Show, which begins April 13.

The Beijing Motor Show is a major automotive event, held every two years, which attracts some of the biggest players in the industry, such as Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen and Geely. It was also rescheduled in 2020 due to the pandemic, being moved from April to September.

Cars set to be unveiled at this year’s event include the new generation BMW 7 Series, its BMW i7 electric brother and the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

Volkswagen was also expected to launch the production version of the ID Vizzion concept, which will be based on its MEB platform and sold with a choice of rear or four-wheel drive powertrains. The model is currently in development under the code name Aero-B.

Meanwhile, Audi was to present its third Sphere concept. The German firm described them as “breathtaking concept cars that will reinvent mobility as we see it today”.

It remains to be confirmed whether these manufacturers will postpone their unveilings or opt for standalone events.

Cars exhibited at the last The Beijing Motor Show featured the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Maserati MC20, Mercedes-Benz EQA, Nissan Ariya, Rimac C_Two and Volkswagen ID 4.

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