October 21, 2021

Jessica Laurence

Secret Automotive Drinker

New cars for 2021 releases delayed by COVID-19

Usually around late summer, car dealerships begin trotting out the first batch of new models.

This year you’ll have to wait.

With the coronavirus pandemic slamming the auto industry, certain 2021 vehicles will arrive late as automakers have put the brakes on dozens of debuts.

“We’ve seen quite a few delays,” said Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasts for research firm LMC Automotive.

While there’s yet to be a new model canceled publicly, at least 24 redesigned or new North American-built vehicles that were poised to roll out in the coming months won’t come out on time, according to LMC Automotive, which provided a partial list to USA TODAY. They include the Ford F-150, Cadillac Escalade and Acura MDX.

Though designers and engineers are largely able to work from home, plant shutdowns and a sales slowdown have caused the delays.