The Geneva International Motor Show 2020 VIP Day – NOW CANCELLED


The 2020 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Below is the statement from the organisers:

The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an in conjunction with the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.

The organisers accept this decision: “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. We would like to warmly thank all those involved in the organisation of the 2020 edition of GIMS.

A few days before the opening of the event, the construction of the stands was very nearly complete. A week ago, during the press conferences announcing the 2020 edition, there was nothing to suggest that such a measure was necessary. The situation changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the injonction of the Federal Council on 28.02.2020. The event is cancelled due to this decision.

In the meantime, the dismantling of the event will now have to be organised. The financial consequences for all those involved in the event are significant and will need to be assessed over the coming weeks. One thing is certain: tickets already purchased for the event will be refunded. The organisers will communicate about this as soon as possible, via their website:


The Geneva International Motor Show Announces the First Speakers

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) today announced the first speakers confirmed to present in the prestigious GIMS VIP Day program taking place on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. C-level executives from Automobili Pininfarina, Extreme E, NIO, Rimac Automobili and Waymo are set to take the stage in Geneva, alongside stars from the world of motorsport including 2016 Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg, two-time Formula E World Champion Jean-Éric Vergne and Formula E drivers Sébastien Buemi, Simona De Silvestro, Neel Jani and Nico Müller.

The exclusive, one-day program, which span all halls of the GIMS, is set to attract more than 30,000 VIP-level attendees including CEOs and senior executives from across the automotive and technology sectors, enterprises from a range of industries, government leaders and regulatory officials, local dignitaries, global media and analysts, and car and technology enthusiasts.

“As we enter our 90th edition, GIMS has cemented its position as one of the world’s largest and most influential automotive industry events in the annual calendar”, commented Olivier Rihs, Managing Director, Geneva International Motor Show. “Building on this strong heritage, we are excited to launch the VIP Day program at GIMS 2020, where thought leaders and luminaries will explore the most critical topics driving automotive tech, now and into the future. We are establishing GIMS as the premier platform where the automotive and technology industries gather to do business”.


Providing Critical Insights

At the heart of GIMS VIP Day is a series of insightful and engaging discussions featuring preeminent automotive and technology executives alongside dynamic personalities in mobility. The first confirmed speakers for VIP Day include:

  • Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO, Extreme E and Chairman, Formula E
  • Roger Atkins, Founder and Managing Director, Electric Vehicles Outlook
  • Sébastien Buemi, Formula E Driver, Nissan E.Dams
  • Rajeev Chand, Partner and Head of Research, Wing Capital
  • Shaun Collins, Founder and CEO, CCS Insight
  • Simona De Silvestro, Test and Development Driver, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
  • Neel Jani, Formula E Driver, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
  • John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo
  • William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO, NIO
  • Nico Müller, Formula E Driver, Geox Dragon
  • Marco Parroni, Head of Global Sponsoring, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
  • Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina
  • Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO, Rimac Automobili
  • Claire Ritchie-Tomkins, Founder and CEO, Sine Qua Non
  • Nico Rosberg, Green Tech and Mobility Entrepreneur and 2016 Formula One World Champion
  • Jean-Éric Vergne, Two-time Formula E World Champion, DS Techeetah

The VIP Day agenda comprises a full day of sessions focusing on:

  • new developments in the autonomous vehicle revolution;
  • the growth of electric vehicles and the role of the automotive industry in global sustainability;
  • how to deliver the cutting-edge technologies and performance from motorsport to consumers;
  • and the impact of digital transformation and innovative technologies in the automotive world. 

In addition to the keynote program, VIP Day participants will have the exclusive opportunity to see the many world and European premieres that will be presented on the GIMS Media Day on 3 March. The official media partner of the GIMS VIP Day is the Blick Group wird mit “Blick”. For further details on VIP Day, including the agenda and speakers, visit the website.

Ticketing for the 2020 GIMS VIP Day is now open on the GIMS website and the new GIMS mobile app, as well as through partner Ticketmaster. Attendees can purchase VIP Day passes at the special “early bird” rate of CHF 200.- through January 31, 2020 and then at the regular rate of CHF 250 from February 1. Registered media and analysts will have access to VIP Day as part of their accreditation. For more information on ticketing, download the official GIMS mobile app on the App Store or Google Play Store or visit our website. The official media partner of the GIMS VIP Day is the Blick Group wird mit “Blick”.

The Geneva International Motor Show

The 90th GIMS edition will be open to the public from 5 to 15 March 2020. The “Car of the Year” trophy will be awarded on 2 March 2020, while the GIMS Media Day and VIP Day are scheduled for 3 and 4 March, respectively. The Geneva International Motor Show is one of the world’s top five global motor shows recognized by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and it is the only one to be held every year in Europe. More information on GIMS can be found at the GIMS homepage.


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