For Immediate Release
April 2, 2021
The 2021 Kansas City Auto Show
has been postponed until next year.
Kansas City, Mo. — April 2, 2021 — The Automobile Dealers Association of Kansas City (ADAKC), producer of the annual Kansas City Auto Show, announced today the cancellation of the 2021 Auto Show scheduled for mid-June at the Kansas Speedway.
For almost 100 years, the Kansas City Auto Show has been a popular yearly event that draws car lovers and car shoppers. ADAKC CEO and Auto Show Producer Larry Carl said it was difficult to cancel a show with such a rich history. “Because of ongoing concerns of the pandemic, several automakers have chosen to sit out the 2021 auto show season. As a result, we did not want to disappoint attendees who would expect to see all of the cars, in one place, at one time. We are looking forward to next year when the Auto Show will return to inform, educate and entertain automotive consumers across the entire metro area,” said Carl.
ADAKC knew the traditional indoor event at Bartle Hall was going to be difficult primarily because of COVID-19. The plan to move outdoors to the Kansas Speedway was an opportunity to keep attendees safe and reinvent the Auto Show in a more innovative, interactive and experiential manner — with the goal of staging the best possible event for the greater Kansas City community.
About the Automobile Dealers Association of Kansas City
The Automobile Dealers Association of Kansas City, established in 1909, is the trade association of the more than 100 franchised new car dealerships in the metro area. Our dealers sell 70,000 new vehicles each year and directly employ over 8,000 people with another 5,000 jobs attributable to automotive retail. The tax revenue generated by the dealerships exceeds half a billion dollars. Since 2011, our Charitable Foundation has returned over $2 million to the community supporting dozens of worthy organizations. As essential businesses, new car automobile dealers are a significant economic engine throughout our greater Kansas City area.