The New York International Auto Show at the Javits later this month has been cancelled due to growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and increased measures announced by NYC and NY State to stop its spread.
It’s a serious bummer to all of us enthusiasts eager to kick the tires and smell the new car small of the latest models of cars, SUVs and trucks and learn more about electric vehicles.
It’s also a serious bummer to the NYC economy, since the auto show attracts about one million visitors a year, and brings in many millions of dollars to the NYC economy.
NYIAS is one of the oldest and largest auto shows in the world. It is also one of the most important, since it is in the media capital of the world, and auto manufacturers take advantage of that to introduce new models and generate news coverage.
The New York International Auto Show was cancelled last year because of a previous wave of infections, and the Javits was turned into a giant vaccination center for a chunk of last summer and fall.
Here’s what you will be missing:
Electric vehicle test track
Elevating electric vehicles to new heights, there was to be an unprecedented entire floor dedicated to EVs, charging solutions, and consumer awareness programs with four indoor test tracks for consumers and media, including one in an outdoors-like environment with a “roadway” through natural settings, special effects and greenery.
The New York Auto Show’s Level 1 ‘Electric Vehicle Test Fest’ was to feature multiple test tracks featuring seven new vehicle models, e-bikes and scooters including new models from Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Nissan, Polestar, Porsche and Volvo.
One of the participating vehicles was to be the all-new VW ID.4, which – for all practical purposes – is replacing the gas-powered Jetta sedan in the VW line-up.
New Product Introductions
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
We’ll miss the official first look at the all-new 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid.
The new model is part of the brand’s expanding electrification and “Zero Emission, 100% Freedom” vision.
Jeep also was to show it’s all-new all electric Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EV.
Jeep is now part of Stellantis, the new name of the company which markets Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat and Peugeot models.
The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX was to make its world premiere at a media preview on August 19.
The completely redesigned WRX includes engine and suspension upgrades.
Since it hasn’t been revealed yet, all we can show you is this link to a promotional video from Subaru.
by Mark Schienberg
President, New York Auto Show
“It is with great disappointment that the upcoming 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been cancelled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread.
We are enormously appreciative of the automobile industry’s tremendous response and commitment in participating in an August New York Auto Show, and especially for the overwhelming involvement in the new EV Test Fest, complete with an entire floor dedicated to electric vehicles and four indoor EV test tracks.
Eight years ago, New York decided to introduce show attendees to electric vehicles by organizing its first EV test drive. Large scale adoption of EVs back in 2013 was questionable, but the program was a success and helped pave the way for future events. Auto shows have always been an opportunity to showcase an industry on the move and the New York Show is proud to be part of that heritage.>
As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone including attendees, exhibitors, and the thousands of men and women who put the Show together. Over the past few weeks, and especially within the last few days, circumstances have changed making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect.
At the onset of planning for the August Show, we were increasingly excited at the prospect of hosting the event as the number of vaccinations in New York continued to climb and mask-wearing reduced the spread in the City. All signs were positive, and the Show was coming together stronger than ever, but today is a different story.
Each year, attendees rely on auto shows to help make important buying decisions, spending an average of almost five hours at the exhibition, with nearly 72% of those visitors indicating that they are in the market to purchase a vehicle over the next 12 months. We fully appreciate and acknowledge how important auto shows are to the automakers, retail new car and truck dealers and the public alike, and we strongly believe in the future of these valuable marketing events.
The Covid pandemic has challenged our City, the country and the entire world, but just like the automobile industry, we know that the New York Auto Show will rebound and be bigger and better than before.
We firmly believe that will be the case when the Show returns to its regular spring schedule in April 2022.
NYCOTC Publisher/Executive Editor Evelyn Kanter is a native New Yorker who has written for the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, New York Magazine, and is a former on-air reporter for WCBS Newsradio 88 and WABC-TV Eyewitness News.
Evelyn Kanter is also a longtime automotive journalist who has written for US News & World Report, AAA and airline inflight publications, and a syndicated column “Green Wheeling”.
I’m also currently on the Board of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA).
Follow my automotive and travel articles on my other website, www.ecoxplorer.com.
Evelyn Kanter also is the author of several NYC and Hudson Valley guidebooks, including my latest, 100 Things to Do in NYC Before You Die.
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