The decision to cancel the show falls three days before the opening of the automotive exhibition to the media. “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 Geneva Motor Show.

During a press conference held at the end of February and which announced the 2020 edition, there was nothing to suggest that such a measure was necessary, but the situation has changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland. Manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche and Bentley are to host online press conferences instead of debuting their vehicles at the show.