Geneva Motor Show to be held solely in Qatar after main Swiss event cancelled

Geneva Motor Show to be held solely in Qatar after main Swiss event cancelled

One of the largest car shows in the world, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), has been cancelled for 2023 due to “global uncertainties” relating to COVID. The mass gathering of international companies and top car manufacturers will now be held at the second planned event in Doha, Qatar.

Global uncertainty and COVID means no Geneva Motor Show

In a statement given to 20 minuten, the GIMS said that “uncertainties weighing on the global economy and geopolitics, as well as the risks linked to the evolution of the pandemic,” meant they couldn’t host the show in Geneva. This will be the fourth time in a row that the GIMS has been cancelled due to COVID.

The event, taking place at the Palexpo convention centre near Geneva Airport, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Starting in 1905, the event has been the launching point for many great cars over the years, from the E-type Jaguar in 1961 to the original Range Rover in 1970.

Geneva Motor Show to be held in Qatar in 2023

Maurice Turrettini, president of the GIMS foundation, explained that “the risks were far too great” to host the show in the Swiss city in February, as many are still warning of a new COVID wave in Europe. “In these uncertain times, many brands are unable to commit to participating in a show in Europe in winter,” noted GIMS CEO Sandro Mesquita.

However, the organisers confirmed that a pre-planned "world premiere" event will still be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in Qatar in November 2023. It will be the first time the show is held overseas, with specific dates for the event set to be released in the coming months.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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