This Salone doesn’t have to be done. There is little to joke about, there is a veil of bitterness and sadness on the discovery that 2022 will be the third consecutive edition of the Geneva Motor Show that will be canceled, it is incredible. Yet until the end of August / early September it seemed that everything was going well.
But no, despite the fact that 60% of the spaces had already been rented and another 30% was reserved, as the organization of the event had made known, today we have to resign ourselves to the idea of not even see the 2022 edition of the Swiss kermesse. What are the main reasons? Definitely the semiconductor crisis and the restrictions on travel between regions.
The new emergency we have talked about so much, that of the lack of microchips indispensable for the production of modern vehicles, has blocked everything. The event can only be canceled for the third consecutive time. The Foundation that organizes the event is keen to underline that it is ‘only’ a shift, but unfortunately it does not change much. The Salone in February 2022 will not be there.
A very painful decision, but it was taken “in the interest of car manufacturers and car enthusiasts”. In fact, producers are unfortunately experiencing a difficult situation, with all the consequences brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, closures, lockdowns. Moreover, the shortage of semiconductors is becoming a very serious problem, No new cars come out of the factories, and deliveries are late.
It is a crisis that risks costing 190 billion euros in turnover, in addition to 7 million fewer cars produced. As for the fans of the sector, unfortunately the travel restrictions still exist, and make every trip and every event difficult. The Geneva Motor Show was supposed to open its doors to the public from 19 to 27 February 2022, and until just over a month ago the organization had made it known that, between seats already rented and others reserved, 90% of the exhibition space he was busy, despite the decision not to accept motorbikes.
But now everything has collapsed. Maurice Turrettini, president of the Comité permanent du Salon International de l’Automobile, said: “Despite all our efforts, we have to face the facts and the reality: the pandemic situation is not under control and presents itself as a great threat for a big indoor event like GIMS. But we see this decision as a postponement rather than a cancellation. I am confident that the Geneva International Motor Show will be back stronger than ever in 2023 ”.