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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 15: Ford shows off their GT at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Center on January 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The show is open to the public from January 19-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

We’re only a few days into 2021, and some events are already being canceled for the year.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the North American International Auto Show has been canceled for the second year in a row. The show was slated to happen in September.

But all is not lost. The show will be replaced by a six-day event named Motor Bella, being billed as an auto-centric, all-outdoor event.

“The new event will bring next-generation mobility and exciting vehicle debuts to media, show-goers and the automotive enthusiasts’ world in a never before experienced way while also addressing continued COVID-19 concerns about indoor events,” the event states in a release.

Motor Bella will take place from Sept. 21-26, 2021, at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

“The pandemic has caused changes in our society and world in ways not previously imagined, and we all should be looking for new and highly creative ways of doing business,” executive director Rod Alberts said in a statement. “This new event captures that creative spirit. It will provide new mobility experiences and increasingly innovative approaches to tapping into the industry and its products.”

Alberts added, “This all-outdoor venue, with adrenaline-pumping track activities and a full complement of OEM and technology exhibits, is going to offer the sights, sounds and even the smell of all that the new world of mobility has to offer.”

The North American International Auto Show is now scheduled to happen in Detroit in 2022.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com!