While 2020 was full of disruption and disappointment, we are curious to find out what 2021 has in store. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopes of a return to “normal” life starting in the fall.
In the auto industry, a lot of things have changed or are in the process of changing, though plenty of uncertainty remains. What can we expect in 2021?
Let’s start with auto shows since you landed on this page. As you may know, plans for a virtual edition of the Montreal International Auto Show have been cancelled. Same thing for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The Geneva Auto Show, the largest event of its kind in Europe, is also not happening this year. The focus is now on 2022.
The next scheduled auto show is in New York, running April 2-11. Los Angeles pushed its own show from November of last year to May 21-31. As for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new dates are September 28-October 9. Of course, all of this can change at any given time in the next few weeks and months.
One thing is for sure: electrification will be an even bigger theme in the auto industry in 2021. More than ever, automakers will increase their efforts in this field, and their new model debuts will be proof of that.
Consumer demand for long-range, fast-charging electric vehicles keeps increasing, as does the willingness of governments around the globe to phase out gas-only cars. Look for more announcements in the coming months.
Now, what will be the most notable new models of 2021? Some of the reveals we are particularly anticipating and keeping a close eye on include the Honda Civic, Audi e-tron GT, BMW i4, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai IONIQ 5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan 400Z and Toyota Tundra.
We also know that Kia and Genesis are both preparing to launch brand new EVs built on a dedicated platform. And naturally, there will be a number of surprises, as well. We promise to tell you all about them throughout the year, so stay tuned!