The IAA is to take place in Munich for the first time this year.
But because of the corona pandemic, the question marks behind the event had grown.
Now the all-clear has been given.
Munich - The International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich will probably be spared the fate of the Oktoberfest. The world's leading auto show is apparently - as planned - to take place in September. The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) made this
: “I am delighted that the IAA is opening its doors for the first time in Munich. The Munich trade fair and the Association of the Automotive Industry have a good event concept. ”It could“ prevent crowds and ensure optimal protection against infection, ”said Aiwanger.
In view of the rising incidence figures and the long sluggish progress in vaccination, doubts had grown over the past few months as to whether the world's most important automobile exhibition could take place as planned.
Just a few days ago, the Free State and the City of Munich canceled Oktoberfest 2021 and referred to the pandemic.
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Observers had therefore puzzled as to whether the IAA Mobility planned for September 7th to 12th could be canceled after the Oktoberfest due to the pandemic.
But the doubts are now off the table.
"I'm looking forward to the IAA and possible other trade fairs this year," said Aiwanger.
The reopening of the trade fairs will begin with the leading trade fair for mobility in September.
"Hotels and restaurants will benefit from this, but so will other service providers such as taxi drivers or retailers," explained Aiwanger.
Previously, the economic advisor for the city of Munich, Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU), had spread confidence.
"I am of the opinion that we can hold an IAA," said Baumgärtner (CSU) a few days ago.
You have the “right concepts for almost all possible incidence scenarios in the drawer”.
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The VDA also says that every precaution has been taken to hold a safe trade fair.
This included, for example, contact recording of visitors, distance rules, ventilation and test options.
In addition, the environment is brightening significantly, a VDA spokesman told
This applies both to the rapid progress in vaccination and to the expected expansion of international travel.
The IAA is not comparable to the Oktoberfest, it said.
"With us, the visitors are still sober in the afternoon," said the VDA spokesman.
According to the VDA, over 300 manufacturers have so far committed.
According to the plans, the IAA is to change from an auto show to a mobility platform.
The VDA awarded the prestigious trade fair to Munich at the beginning of March 2020.
Before that, the IAA had its home on the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt for around 70 years.
However, the number of visitors has recently declined rapidly.
Many important exhibitors such as BMW and Audi also reduced their commitments, while others even deleted their appearance completely from the calendar.
With the restart in Munich, the VDA now wants to turn things around.
IAA Mobility in Munich: New concept
However, the IAA Mobility is also likely to be smaller than its predecessor. The new IAA concept provides for less exhibition space in the halls and more outdoor events throughout the city. In addition, Volkswagen, for example, is examining whether the group may only show its entire range of cars at individual events such as the traditional group evening and whether the public area is limited to its three core brands VW, Audi and Porsche.