The 90th edition of the GIMS (Geneva International Motor Show), which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now not take place. This follows a decision of the Swiss Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls three days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.
The organisers accepted this decision: “We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision,” said Maurice Turrettini, Chairman of the Foundation Board.
A few days before the opening of the event, at which several important new electric and hybrid models were due to be launched, as well diesels such as the new Volkswagen Golf GTD, the construction of the stands was nearly complete. The situation changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the injonction of the Federal Council on 28.02.2020. The event is cancelled due to this decision.