Geneva Motor Show 2020

Geneva International Motor Show cancelled amid Switzerland's coronavirus-related lockdown

Amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Swiss officials have implemented bans on group gatherings, which has lead to the cancellation of the annual Geneva auto show.

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After word came overnight that Switzerland's government had announced a ban on gatherings of 1,000 people or more, it was inevitable that the Geneva International Motor Show would be cancelled. Early this morning, representatives from the event confirmed that the show will not go on.

Officials with the car show, which was set to celebrate its 90th anniversary this year issued the following statement:

"The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the 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 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.

The organizers accept 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. We would like to warmly thank all those involved in the organisation of the 2020 edition of GIMS.

A few days before the opening of the event, the construction of the stands was very nearly complete. A week ago, during the press conferences announcing the 2020 edition, there was nothing to suggest that such a measure was necessary. 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.

In the meantime, the dismantling of the event will now have to be organised. The financial consequences for all those involved in the event are significant and will need to be assessed over the coming weeks. One thing is certain: tickets already purchased for the event will be refunded. The organisers will communicate about this as soon as possible, via their website."

The cancellation leaves automakers in the lurch. Those set to debut vehicles at the show, which attracts journalists from across the world, will need to find places, times, and conveyance modes to get their messages across. For many, large sums of many have already been spent to build out what was to be their presentation space at the show.

While many will inevitably opt for online reveals, the show's cancellation means that the forthcoming New York International Auto Show in early April will be the first opportunity many journalists have to meet the new models.

AutomotiveMap will be following changes to the reveal plans closely and will cover model news as it happens.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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The Lamborghini Lounge NYC opens this spring in Chelsea, Manhattan.

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The world of Lamborghini is available by appointment only. Tucked beneath the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City, an exclusive lounge has opened its doors. The 5,400-square-foot Lamborghini Lounge is the automaker's new NYC flagship location.

The space is designed to be reminiscent of Lamborghini's facilities in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Lamborghini Lounge NYC offers guests exclusive access to never-before-seen vehicles, Italian culinary experience and bespoke exhibitions. The space can also be utilized for private meetings and events. Attendance is always invite-only.

Lamborghini Lounge in NYC

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"We are opening the doors to a private space our customers and friends can call their own with exclusive access," said Stephan Winkelmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. "Following the success of our Lamborghini Lounge venues across the globe, this new flagship in Manhattan will create a vibrant and personal connection to share the Lamborghini lifestyle; a true reflection of our fine Italian heritage. I look forward to visiting our Lamborghini customers and friends in New York soon."

The two-story gallery-style venue features private spaces as well as an Ad Personam design studio, meeting spaces, and a full-service kitchen.The design of the kitchen and finishes are by Italian luxury kitchen manufacturer La Dolce Vita. Sound for the lounge is filtered through a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Trademark Italian furnishings from Living Divani garnish each room.

"This unique space will serve as Lamborghini's outpost in one of the world's greatest cities," said Federico Foschini, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. "The Ad Personam studio provides an extension and personal touchpoint, which could previously only be found at our home in Sant'Agata, and we look forward to offering this and access to never-before-seen limited-edition models to VIP visitors of the Lounge NYC."

Currently, a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata (STO) makes its home in the space. A similarly named watch, Roger Dubuis's newest timepiece – Excalibur Huracán STO – is featured in the space's Gravity Window. Only 88 units of the watch will be produced and sold.

Multiple brand partners will be activated throughout the space in the coming month, exclusive to Lounge guests.

The Lamborghini Lounge opens this spring.

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