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Auto Expo 2020-The Motor Show

03/03/2020 | Author: Autoguide | 0 Comments Back To Home   < Previous News   |   Next news >

352 product displays, 70 launches, over 6L visitor

The curtains came down on Auto Expo 2020-The Motor Show on February 12 which witnessed over 70 vehicle launches and unveilings and a footfall of over 6.08 lakh visitors over eight days. The biennial event was held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida between February 7 and 12.
The 15th edition of the mega show saw 352 product displays from 108 exhibitors. These included eight global premiers and over 70 launches and unveilings, including 35 electric vehicles and 15 concepts, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), which organised the event in association with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The shadow of prolonged slowdown being faced by the automobile industry was stark as a majority of two-wheeler makers and many carmakers gave a miss to the expo. These included Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycles, TVS Motors and Royal Enfield, besides BMW, Audi, Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Honda Cars, Ford and Fiat. However, at the same time, there were many new entrants including MG Motors, Kia Motors, Great Wall Motors and Haima Automobile along with Olectra. Incumbent majors such as Maruti, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Volkswagen, Renault and Mahindra and Mahindra came up with their best to attract the visitors and catch the buyers’ fancy. 
Similar to the last expo, this year’s show also witnessed a good response on social media. There were more than 50,000 engagements on its official hashtag, which further garnered over 23 lakh impressions in a span of eight days.
Adding the glamour quotient to this year’s highly successful Auto Expo were celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Huma Qureshi, Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Narain Karthikeyan and Daler Mehndi, among others.
Speaking about the success of the event, Mr Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM, said, “This was the highest footfall at the Motor Show held in Greater Noida, a testimonial of customer’s aspiration and affection for the automobile industry.” He added that auto shows globally have evolved and transformed from being mere static displays to providing a unique and enriching experience for every segment of the society at large. Mr Rajesh Menon, Director General, SIAM, added that the “show will help to revive consumer sentiment which is crucial for the auto industry.”
The Motor Show was officially inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways & Shipping, MSME, Mr Nitin Gadkari. Also present at the inauguration, besides Mr Wadhera and Mr Menon,   were Mr. Deepak Jain, President ACMA and CMD, Lumax Industries; Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Vice-President, SIAM and MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited; Mr. Gurpratap Boparai, Chairman, SIAM Trade Fair Group & MD, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India; Mr. Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA and Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII. 
Post the ceremonial lamp-lighting, Mr Gadkari said, “I am happy that the auto industry stood together and worked towards achieving the target of BS-VI adoption, in spite of the initial reservations and fear that surrounded it. I thank all the manufacturers of the auto industry and laude your efforts.”
The Government, he said, was aware that the automobile sector was the most important contributor in the manufacturing sector and in generating large employment. “The revenue derived from the auto industry is very important and, therefore, the Government will support the industry throughout”, he said. The minister added: “The future is of electric vehicles and I have full faith that in the near future, the Indian automobile industry will become number one in manufacturing and export of electric vehicles.” 
In his inaugural address, Mr. Wadhera said, “The auto industry is an angel of growth and a beacon of ‘Make in India’ for the country as it contributes 49 per cent to the manufacturing GDP and 15 per cent to GST and supports host of other industries. We thank the Government for supporting the industry for its transition towards BS-VI compliance, reducing emission and improving safety.” 
Among a myriad of glittering events that were orgnaised by SIAM during the expo was the first Global Electrification Mobility Summit (GEMS) in which over 200 foreign and Indian delegates participated. The two-day summit, which was held on February 7 and 8, hosted three countries as ‘Guest Countries’ – France, Germany and Japan. Policymakers and industry experts from these countries provided their respective country’s objectives, policy framework around fuel choices including electrification. 
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Ministry of Steel, SIAM organised an international conference on ‘Recycling and Circular Economy in Automotive sector’ on February 10.  It was meant to showcase the circularity of materials in automotive sector and establish a ‘cradle to cradle’ model aimed at eliminating waste through recycling and reuse of end-of-life vehicles.
On February 11, the industry body organised an ‘Automobile Financing Summit’ with the theme “Making vehicles travel from factories to homes” to deliberate upon the pressing challenges faced by the financial and automobile manufacturing ecosystem in pushing growth amidst economic slowdown. 

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