COVID-19 / Coronavirus Impact on Car Events and Motorsports: The Latest [Updating]
We're keeping track of the latest cancellations and postponements in racing, auto shows, and the car industry.
As the novel coronavirus pandemic and the COVID-19 disease it can cause spreads around the globe, public events are being postponed or canceled, including auto shows, motorsports events, and other gatherings you might have had plans for this spring and summer. Here, we've gathered every major development from the coronavirus's fallout and impact on the car world. Already, we've seen fuel prices fluctuate, auto shows and sports events canceled, and we are bracing for a slowdown in car sales and new-car launches. We will keep updating this list as more announcements come in, so check back here for the latest:
May 22, 2020
***Update***The 2020 New York International Auto Show is canceled.
May 17, 2020
***Update***NASCAR returns with a fan-free race at Darlington Raceway.
May 13, 2020
General Motors confirms the cancelation of its Maven ride-sharing program.
May 11, 2020
Tela restarts production against the orders of the local government.
May 7, 2020
***Update***IndyCar announces its series kicks off on June 6 in Texas.
May 6, 2020
***Update***General Motors plans to resume production at its North American plants on May 18, 2020.
May 5, 2020
***Update***FCA announces plans to open most of its North American plants during the week of May 18, 2020.
Honda reveals a modified Odyssey minivan for transporting infected patients in Detroit, Michigan.
***Update***Ford announces that respirators made in conjunction with 3M are currently shipping. This announcement follows the Blue Oval's recent donation of face shields to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
***Update***Bugatti reopens its factory in Molsheim, France.
May 4, 2020
***Update***Ferrari announces plans to fully resume production on May 8, 2020.
April 23, 2020
Both the San Marino Motor Classic and The Quail are canceled.
The 2020 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is canceled.
April 17, 2020
***Update*** NASCAR is postponing its events scheduled for early May at Martinsville Speedway.
Mazda announces it's offering free oil changes and car cleanings to healthcare workers.
April 16, 2020
***Update***Nissan's U.S. plants will remain shutdown until mid-May.
***Update***Ford will reportedly restart production at its Kentucky plant on May 4.
Volkswagen is waiving six months of payments for customers who lose their jobs.
April 14, 2020
***Update***Subaru's Indiana and Gunma Japan plants will reportedly resume production on May 11, 2020.
April 11, 2020
Production of the Ford Bronco Sport is delayed from June to September.
April 6, 2020
Rivian pushes back the launch of its electric truck and SUV to 2021.
The 2020 Detroit Grand Prix is canceled.
April 3, 2020
***Update***Ford will continue to suspend European production until at least May 4, 2020.
April 2, 2020
NASCAR announces its Next Gen car is delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus.
Luftgekühlt 7 is rescheduled from late May to November 1, 2020.
March 31, 2020
***Update***Ford announces it is delaying the reopening of its North American plants.
March 30, 2020
Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Paris Motor Show will not be held "in its current format."
March 28, 2020
The North American International Auto Show is canceled as Detroit's TCF Center becomes a temporary hospital space.
March 26, 2020
The Indy 500 is rescheduled to August 23, 2020.
***Update*** Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to keep factories closed through April 14, 2020.
***Update***Toyota plans to keep its North American factories closed through April 20, 2020.
***Update***Ford announces it will reopen some plants in April.
Goodwood Festival of Speed is postponed to late summer or early fall.
March 24, 2020
***Update***Ford plans to keep its North American plants closed through the month of March and into April.
Aston Martin is temporarily shutting down its plants in the United Kingdom.
March 23, 2020
Overland Expo West is rescheduled to July 24-26, 2020.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, originally scheduled for early June, is postponed to a later date.
March 22, 2020
The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, originally planned for late May, is postponed to mid-October 2020.
March 20, 2020
The 2020 One Lap of America is postponed until May 1, 2021.
Bugatti suspends the production of its vehicles in France.
After it halted production this week, Kia will reportedly resume production at its Georgia plant on Monday.
Magna will reportedly "temporarily suspend" much of its manufacturing operations.
Volvo will temporarily halt production of its vehicles in the U.S. and Sweden.
Jaguar, Land Rover, and Bentley will all reportedly temporarily suspend production in the United Kingdom.
March 19, 2020
Tesla will temporarily suspend production at its Fremont, California plant beginning at EOD on March 23, 2020.
Toyota will reportedly shut down all North American production starting next week through April 5, 2020.
Volkswagen suspends production at its Chattanooga, Tennessee factory for one week.
The Monaco Grand Prix is canceled.
Subaru is reportedly shutting down its Indiana factory for one week.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is postponed from June 28, 2020, to August 30, 2020.
March 18, 2020
In an official media advisory, Nissan Group of North America announced the temporary closure of all North American plants effective March 20 to April 6. It's not yet Twitter-official, so here is the deal they're running for current and future customers affected by COVID-19.
***Update*** Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirms that production at all North American plants will cease, effectively immediately until the end of March.
***Update**** After initially postponing the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, set for April 17-19, organizers have now formally canceled the event entirely. This is would have been the 45th running of the Grand Prix.
***Update*** General Motors chairman and CEO Mary Barra confirms the suspension of all North American production "until at least March 30."
***Update*** General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will reportedly temporarily close their factories.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is postponed from June 13-14, 2020, to September 19-20, 2020.
Rolls-Royce suspends production at its British factory for two weeks.
Honda temporarily closes a number of North American factories.
March 17, 2020
General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plan to implement a rotating partial shutdown of facilities backed by members of the United Auto Workers union.
Daimler Group, the German vehicle manufacturer and parent company of brands including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, Smart, Freightliner, MV Augusta, among many others, suspends production in Europe for two weeks.
March 16, 2020
***Update*** NASCAR now postponing all racing activity through May 3.
French auto manufacturer Renault is shutting down all vehicle production in France until further notice.
***Update*** The NHRA suspends all racing activity for the next 30 days, looking to resume regularly scheduled drag racing April 17-19, in Houston, Texas, if possible.
European auto manufacturer Groupe PSA, makers of brands including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, and Vauxhall, have decided to close all factories in Europe starting today, until March 27. Here is a look at the locations affected:
- March 16: Mulhouse (France), Madrid (Spain)
- March 17: Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux (France), Zaragoza (Spain), Eisenach, Rüsselsheim (Germany), Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom), Gliwice (Poland)
- March 18: Hordain (France), Vigo (Spain), Mangualde (Portugal)
- March 19: Luton (United Kingdom), Trnava (Slovakia)
The organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) series have decided to postpone the 6-hours of Spa-Francorchamps, in Spa, Belgium, which was set to race on April 23, 2020.
March 15, 2020
Multiple sources report that Ferrari has suspended production at factories in Maranello and Modena, Italy, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
March 13, 2020
Automobili Lamborghini temporarily closes its plants in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.
The DTM racing series (aka German Touring Car Masters) cancels pre-season testing, which was set to run from March 16-19, at the Hockenheimring in Germany.
Indycar announces that all NTT Indycar Series races through April will be canceled. This includes the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 13-15) and the AutoNation Indycar Challenge, at the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas (April 24-26).
***UPDATE*** NASCAR announces that upcoming races in Atlanta, Georgia, and Homestead, Miami WILL NOT BE RUN without the presence of fans in attendance, but instead postponed until further notice.
Ford Motor Co. workers around the world have been instructed to work remotely, starting Monday, March 16, with the exception of those in "business-critical roles that cannot be done away from Ford Facilities", as relayed by Ford chief communications officer Mark Truby.
General Motors Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra, requests employees around the world to work from home, if possible.
***UPDATE***In addition to canceling the Australian Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 have now canceled or postponed the Chinese, Bahrain, and inaugural Vietnam Grands Prix. The 2021 F1 season is now expected to start at the end of May 2020.
March 12, 2020
Round 3 of the FIA World Rally Championship, in Guanajuato, Mexico, is the motorsport still proceeding this weekend, but Round 4 in Argentina, has been postponed.
Nuts! Planters follows Oscar-Mayer and puts the NUTmobile back on the shelf for the time being.
Out of an a-bun-dance of caution, the folks at Oscar-Mayer have decided to pull the Wienermobile off of the "hot dog highway." Not the wurst news we've heard today, but we do not relish this update.
Although Formula Drift Holdings, LLC has yet to formally cancel Formula D Long Beach, which was set to be contested April 10-11, the City of Long Beach has issued orders to cancel and/or postpone all events with an estimated attendance of 250 or more, through April 2020.
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, originally set to take place April 17-19, is canceled until further notice as organizers examine rescheduling options.
Radwood postpones the remainder of its 2020 schedule "until further notice".
Barrett-Jackson announces its Palm Beach, Florida auction is rescheduled from April 16-18, 2020 to October 15-17, 2020.
The Vancouver Auto Show, originally scheduled for the end of March, is postponed. A new date has not been announced.
IndyCar announces that this weekend's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be closed to spectators.
NASCAR announces that upcoming races in Atlanta, Georgia, and Homestead, Miami will be held without the presence of fans in attendance.
The NHRA postpones a portion of the Gatornationals that was set to run Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. The Sportsman and Top Sportsman categories will go as scheduled, but without spectators in the stands. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Factory Stock Showdown, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car will be postponed and completed at a later date yet to be determined.
F9, the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious series, is postponed from May 22, 2020, to April 2, 2021.
The 12 Hours of Sebring is postponed from the weekend of March 18, 2020, to the weekend of November 11, 2020.
March 11, 2020
The International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) postpones the MotoGP Argentia Grand Prix, which was set to take place from the 17th to the 19th of April. The event is rescheduled for later in the season and will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November, 2020.
March 10, 2020
The New York International Auto Show is rescheduled from early April to late August.
March 4, 2020
The release of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, is postponed from April 10, 2020, to November 25, 2020.
February 28, 2020
The Geneva International Motor Show is canceled after the Swiss government enacts a temporary ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.