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The Geneva International Motor Show is canceled for the third year in a row

The 2022 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the show was scheduled to resume on February 19, 2022, but this is no longer the case. Organizers are billing the move not as a cancellation but as a postponement that will see GIMS return as a “more impactful” event in 2023.

“The decision to cancel GIMS 2022 was taken in the best interests of car manufacturers and auto fans,” said the committee and board of the “Salon International de l’Automobile” Foundation, which is responsible for the organization of the motor show. The group blamed the impact COVID-19 has had on both travel and event restrictions and on automakers via the global semiconductor supply for the decision.

We’ve seen plenty of other auto shows canceled in 2021, but the way GIMS continues to struggle isn’t a good sign for the industry. Before the pandemic, it was one of the biggest auto shows in the world. It would generally attract over 600,000 visitors, including some 10,000 journalists, to Switzerland. Beyond its size and scale, the show was especially known for all the new and wild concept cars that would make their debut on its soil.

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