The Intermot Motor Show will return in 2022, and organizers aim to promote an on-site experience with greater digital access.
The 2020 edition of the Intermot motorcycle trade show has been called off due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 pandemic), which was scheduled to take place from October 6 to 11, in Cologne, Germany. The show's organizers have confirmed that the show has been canceled due to the health and safety concerns of thousands of viewers. According to the organizers of the Intermot motorcycle trade show, the show does not meet the expectations and needs of the industry at this time, thus it cannot be organized in this form.
The Intermot is a major motorcycle event that attracts thousands of viewers on all days of the show. The organizers stated that it is impossible to maintain social distancing and other health and safety guidelines issued by the respective government. Several European nations such as Germany have significantly reduced social distancing and lockdown measures to some extent, organizing an event of scale such as Intermot may give rise to fears of a second wave of the coronavirus. The second reason behind the closure of the event may be the economic impact on motorcycle manufacturers around the world.
Moreover, in March 2020, the Geneva Motor Show was canceled at the eleventh hour due to the novel Coronavirus. The virus has made its way to every corner of the world in the last four to five months. To date, the virus has infected more than 8,351,428 people and has killed more than 449,047 individuals across the globe. This has been one of the worst pandemics to hit the world in recent history. Due to economic crises, it would have been difficult for motorcycle manufacturers to attend the event. However, the organizers of the Intermot are working on a digital format of the event to support its partners, which is scheduled to take place by the end of 2020.