NY Auto Show 2020

New York Auto Show rescheduled for August amid coronavirus fears

People walk through the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on April 17, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of car enthusiasts, dealers, journalists and others will attend the annual event which is one of the largest auto shows in America.

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The 2020 New York Auto Show has gone the way of the Geneva International Auto Show. Due to concerns regarding the spread of Covid-19, known colloquially as the coronavirus, show organizers have elected to move the show from it's traditional April date to late August.

The show will go on. Dates for the event are August 28- September 6 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Press days, where vehicles are revealed, will proceed the show's official opening.

"We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus," said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show.

"For 120 years, 'the show must go on' has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn't come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event. We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 Show will make for another successful event," Schienberg added.

The show not only has a $330 million economic benefit, but serves as a global showcase for automakers often serving as one of the prime shows on the automotive calendar. Its influential spot on the list means that it traditionally serves as a venue for numerous product debuts and executive interviews.

It is immediately clear if some automakers will choose to debut their products in smaller settings in New York around the time that the show usually commences or if they will push those debuts further down the calendar. The next major auto show is the North American Innternational Auto Show in Detroit, which recently moved to mid-June.

Ford has announced new employee-centric initiatives.

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There's a certain helplessness that comes from being told you must stay indoors while others are out risking their lives. The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) has announced two new opportunities for Ford employees around the world looking to reach out to their community from inside their homes.

This news follows the Ford Fund's previously announced commitment to allocating $1.6 million in resources to help communities and local nonprofits throughout Southeast Michigan and across the United States address hunger, shelter and mobility needs related to COVID-19.

Donation Match

The COVID-19 Donation Match program is a combined effort between Ford Fund and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford that will match $500,000 in donations to designated community organizations, raising a potential $1 million for groups battling the pandemic across the globe. Mr. Ford, who started the Ford Volunteer Corps 15 years ago, has committed funds to the program.

In initiative is managed by GlobalGiving, Ford's longtime disaster relief and global grant-making partner, and aims to support community projects in locations that have both a significant level of emergency need and a substantial Ford employee presence. Projects focus on addressing hunger, shelter and mobility needs, providing educational resources, or delivering critical medical supplies and services to communities in need.

Employees and others interested in donating can visit www.globalgiving.org/ford-covid-response to view a full list of participating countries as well as cities across the United States, and to learn more about community projects they can support. GlobalGiving will add new projects and additional details over the coming weeks, so employees are encouraged to check back often for updates.

Virtual volunteering

Ford Fund's new "Read and Record" virtual volunteering project invites Ford employees from around the world to record and submit videos reading a children's book in their own language. The effort is designed to provide Ford employees a way to give back from the safety and comfort of their own homes, and builds on Ford Fund's ongoing efforts to increase literacy and promote a love of reading.

The online library will be catalogued by language, and multilingual employees are encouraged to read in languages other than English. Ford Fund plans to share the library with philanthropic groups that serve children and families.

A library of free online resources to help occupy your family is available at www.fordfund.org/covid19. Activities include virtual tours, downloadable worksheets, online tutorials, videos and more – all designed to help entertain, educate or inspire people of all ages. The site's "How You Can Help" page also outlines ways employees can contribute to specific nonprofit needs for volunteers or donations of goods and supplies.

The financial arm of Volkswagen is reaching out to customers to offer them payment relief.

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Jobless rates are soaring due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Volkswagen wants its customers' pocketbooks to feel less of a pinch during this trying time.

Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Credit will defer payments for up to 90 days for existing VCI customers affected by the economic crisis. Additional payment assistance options for customers in good standing include:

  • Up to 90-day payment deferrals without fees (VCI will not charge any fees but finance charges will still accrue for non-lease accounts)
  • Lease extensions up to six months
  • Waiving past maturity fees in certain circumstances

Volkswagen and VCI are giving qualified new buyers the option of delaying their first payment for up to 180 days combined with zero-percent APR financing for up to 72 months for most new vehicles. The program is set to run through April 30.

"We know this pandemic has caused significant stress and worry across America, and is putting financial strain on millions of households," said Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen of America. "We have a commitment to help our customers, our dealers, our employees and our communities in a time of crisis."

Volkswagen will launch an ad campaign in English and in Spanish to raise awareness of their new Community-Driven Promise campaign.

VW | Community-Driven Promise www.youtube.com

Volkswagen recently launched its 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and is set to bring its 2021 Atlas to market this summer. This week the company announced the new Basecamp accessory line for the Atlas.