Carmakers are monitoring the development of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe amid concerns that a key motor show in Geneva could be affected.
The spread of the disease has forced the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress, a tech trade fair in Barcelona that had been expected to host more than 100,000 delegates from about 200 countries.
Geneva is preparing to welcome 600,000 visitors to its auto show on 5 to 15 March. The Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, Audi, and Renault said they still planned to attend, as did the UK’s Aston Martin and Bentley.
The show is an important event in the European automotive calendar that lures executives and car fans from across the continent to see the latest models and new technologies.
A spokeswoman for the show said “so far it will be running as usual in 2020”, adding that less than 1% of visitors were from outside Europe.
Switzerland has not yet reported a single case of coronavirus and there are no restrictions on travel to the country.
The show’s organisers will undertake extra cleaning and disinfection, focused on catering areas, toilets and handrails. There will also be an awareness campaign aimed at staff and visitors on how to reduce the likelihood of infection.
Motor shows in China, the centre of the outbreak, are also under threat. Autocar magazine reported that the Beijing motor show, which is expecting 800,000 visitors in April, could be postponed.