Detroit auto show cancelled, venue designated as COVID-19 field hospital for next 6 months
The 2020 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has been cancelled. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has chosen the TCF Center, formerly the Cobo Center, to serve as field hospital space for COVID-19 afflicted patients of Michigan hospitals for the next six months, according to reports.
Detroit's auto show was scheduled for June 7-20 after organizers originally moved the show from January to the summer in an effort to attract more attendees. This was to be the first year for the summertime dates.
The event is one of the top auto shows in the country along with the Chicago Auto Show, New York International Auto Show, and LA Auto Show.Photo courtesy of North American International Auto Show
NAIAS had been slated to feature modern technology during the AutoMobili-D portion of the event, a more traditional vehicle showcase, and ride-and-drive experiences for consumers. It also traditionally welcomes a large gathering of the world's top automotive journalists and industry executives.
Representatives for the show have announced that there will not be a makeup date for the event in 2020. Instead, the show's team will focus on readying the model for the 2021 show, scheduled for June 13-20.
Already this year, the Geneva Motor Show and New York International Auto Show have been cancelled. The next major auto show in North America is the LA Auto Show in November.
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