Bad luck continues to befall the auto shows and Detroit in particular. The last edition was in January 2019 and now nobody knows when the next one will be.
For 2020, the organizers had decided to hold their event later in the year in order to be able to include outdoor exhibitions and to attract both manufacturers and visitors. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, as we know.
Thus, no 2020 edition and efforts were focused on June 2021. Then, a few weeks after the announcement that the Los Angeles Auto Show was going to be postponed from November 2020 to May 2021, the Dealers Association Detroit Automobiles has chosen new dates – from September 28 to October 9, 2021 – so as not to be the forgotten spring (New York is held in April, remember).
Finally, there will be no show, because it has just been canceled for good. The official reason given is the continuing pandemic.
Instead, we’re promised a smaller event, designed especially for amateurs, on a racing circuit in Pontiac, north of Detroit, September 21-26. A few vehicle unveilings are planned as well as product and technology demonstrations.
The new Motor Bella exhibition, dedicated to European supercars, is still on the program, but will be reinvented.
It remains to be seen in what form the Detroit Auto Show will continue in the fall of 2022 … if all goes well.
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