Talking Cars 245: How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Auto Shows

Plus used-car warranties, LED headlights, and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

This week: We discuss the recent cancellation of the 2020 Geneva International Auto Show surrounding worldwide health concerns around the coronavirus and how auto shows are changing. Do continuous launches of new vehicles and the availability of automotive specifications and galleries online mean auto shows are no longer popular, or necessary?

Driven this week: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

Audience Questions

  • How does CR make comparisons with previously tested models?
  • Do manufacturer warranties extend to used-car purchases?
  • Are LED headlights a safe and effective option?
Talking Cars 245
Talking Cars panelists Keith Barry, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Quincy

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.