Sept. 28 (UPI) — Crowds flocked Monday to the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the only major international car show held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, with potential buyers gawking at new luxury cars and electric vehicles.
Organizers postponed the show in April when the COVID-19 pandemic dampened Chinese car sales, which dropped by 79% during the February lockdown, Automotive News reported.
“The timing of the Beijing auto show could not have been any better,” said Chen Jinzhu, chief executive of Shanghai Mingliang Auto Service, told South China Morning Post. “The grand show may help the market regain its momentum after months of disappointing sales.”
More than 90 exhibitors, including established companies such as Audi, Daimler, General Motors and Volkswagen, showcased newest models and features on luxury brands such as BMW and Audi.
But the show also included new Chinese vehicle startups such as electric vehicle companies Li