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THE 2020 DETROIT AUTO SHOW IS CANCELED

The Show Moved From January From June

COVID-19

The irony is that if the North American International Auto Show would have remained in the bitter cold of January in Detroit, it would have still happened. As the title says, today brings the grim news that much of the industry worried about in the weeks leading up to the moment. The 2020 Detroit Auto Show is officially canceled, as TCF Center, formally Cobo Hall, will be repurposed as an infirmary to treat patients as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue freeze the world in place.

The 2020 Detroit Auto Show was scheduled for June 7-20 at TCF Center and at nearby outside venues such as Hart Plaza, which . The show had traditionally been held in January, but was moved to the summer to be more consumer-focused as automakers dropped out and held more individual events to showcase their vehicles. The Detroit District of the US Army Corps was evaluating at least 15 sites, and is working under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish them, but at the direction of the state to assess a list of infirmaries that the office of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer prepared. President Trump approved federal disaster relief funding for Michigan. Similarly, the Javits Convention Center in New York City – which hosts the New York International Auto Show – has been repurposed as an infirmary for the massive spike of coronavirus patients. The State of New York alone accounts for nearly half of America’s 120,000-plus confirmed cases as of Saturday, March 28. Michigan is the fourth highest state with COVID-19 confirmations, with 4,650 infections and 111 deaths.

The show’s cancelation comes from an internal memo sent to sponsors, obtained by Automotive News.

“The health and welfare of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan is paramount,” Rod Alberts, executive director of the show, said in the memo. “TCF Center is the ideal location for this important function at this critical and unprecedented time.”

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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