New York Auto Show canceled again over Delta variant fears

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Organizers are putting the brakes on the New York International Auto Show for the second straight year due to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, they announced Wednesday.

The traditionally annual event, scheduled to kick off at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Aug 19, will now be on hold until next year.

“As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone,” show president Mark Schienberg said in a statement.

“Over the past few weeks, especially within the past few days, circumstances have changed, making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect.”

Show spokesman Chris Sams said the call was made before cars could be shipped to the massive West Side convention center, with organizers fearing the spread of the virus could only worsen before the kickoff.

According to Schienberg’s statement, auto show attendees typically make “important buying decisions” based on the show, spending up to five hours viewing the exhibits.

He said 72 percent of the attendees are in the market for a new vehicle and make a buying decision over the following 12 months.

The show has traditionally brought more than 1 million visitors to the Javits Center.

With Post wires

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