The Miami International Auto Show, which was supposed to open Saturday, Sept. 9, in Miami Beach, has been postponed because of Hurricane Irma.
The show, which features the latest models from 34 domestic and international auto brands, was scheduled to run Sept. 9 through Sept. 17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive.
But due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, which became a Category 5 with winds more than 175 mph and now the strongest hurricane on record, show officials decided to hit the brakes on the show’s opening.
“Our priorities are to provide any assistance that helps our community better prepare for this hurricane,” said Richard Baker, president of the South Florida Dealers Association, promoters of the annual car show, in a statement Tuesday. “We hope to be able to open the Auto Show sometime next week depending on the movement of the storm, but will continue to work with officials at the city of Miami Beach on just when an opening will be possible.”
The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which began in 1933 and is made up of more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, has been presenting the show since 1971. Besides new cars and classic cars in the convention center showrooms, the event also exhibits cars outside for a “ride and drive” events.
Scheduled major debuts this year included the Genesis 2018 G80 and the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT.