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The Upcoming New York Auto Show Appears On Shaky Ground, As Well

Coronavirus cancels Spring Fest

Whether you buy into it or not, the novel coronavirus has managed to create mayhem and fear all over the world. Cities have been quarantined, hospitals are at capacity, and mass events have been outright canceled. The Swiss government even decreed an emergency that led to the cancelation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. And when it comes to automotive events, both for the industry and enthusiasts, that seemed to just be the beginning. The latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus epidemic is the 2020 LX Spring Fest. You may recall the event poster that depicted a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with a massive hood scoop similar to that of the mighty Challenger SRT Demon.

Below is a statement from the 2020 LX Spring Fest event staff:

Today (March 6, 2020) we have made the very tough decision to postpone Spring Fest 15, which was scheduled for March 20-21, 2020. Due to the current uncertain circumstances and the nature of the event, which draws enthusiasts who travel from 25 states and several countries, it is best that we reschedule for another date.⁣⁣⁣⁣
Thanks for understanding.⁣⁣⁣⁣

That’s not all. On the industry side, General Motors has gone as far as to cancel all media events through early April due to coronavirus concerns. While these vehicles are not within the scope of coverage of MC&T, they were the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Hummer EV reveal scheduled for May 20th is under review. If the epidemic loses steam, it will likely carry forward. If not, expect the reveal event to be pushed back. Employee travel for all Detroit Three automakers has otherwise been restricted, save for extreme circumstances.

LX Springfest 15

Lastly, the 2020 New York International Auto Show appears on the brink of cancelation. While an email blast from the auto show organizes claims that the show will go on, citing theatrical safeguards such as hand sanitizer stations, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency. This could prelude the cancelation of the April auto show.

Should things carry on, the 2020 New York Auto Show is expected to show off at least one of the upcoming Ford Bronco sport utility vehicles, be it the Jeep Wrangler-rivaling 4×4 or the Ford Escape-based Bronco Sport. For the Mopar enthusiasts, the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat has been rumored to make its debut, which would usher in the fastest and most powerful three-row utility vehicle in the world. For GM, Cadillac will likely have its Lyriq electric vehicle on display, as well as some of its Ultium battery packs that it revealed earlier this week. Otherwise, the roadshow of its all-new T1 SUVs are expected to take the spotlight.

Hummer EV pickup

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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