Auto Expo 2018, Asia’s largest and most comprehensive automotive and auto components show, jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), is back! The 14th edition is coming to New Delhi this month, with futuristic displays for auto enthusiasts.
The Auto Expo, which debuted in 1986, provides a huge platform to the Indian automotive industry and has grown tremendously in size as well scale over the last several years. This year, 24 exciting new launches and unveiling of around 100 vehicles are expected to be announced.
The first ever show was a path breaking one, since there were few car manufacturers in the country in 1986, and even Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited the show. The next auto expos saw the launching of many big automobile players and new cars, participation of overseas companies and an increasing number of exhibitors, visitors and delegations in attendance. Since then, the event has gathered momentum and has now transformed into a major global event.
The Auto Industry displayed good growth during 2017 and its growth prospects for this year are robust. Auto Expo 2018 is expected to be even more attractive with many new trends such as driverless cars, e-vehicles, and artificial intelligence gathering pace.
Indian Auto Industry: Overview
The Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world and accounts for 7.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. During April-December 2017, the industry produced around 21.4 million vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers, two wheelers etc. as compared to around 19.2 million during April-December 2016, registering a growth rate greater than 11%.
Domestic sales of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, two wheelers and three wheelers all grew positively as compared to last year, with the growth of commercial vehicles registering the highest growth among all categories at 15.19%. Overall automobile exports increased by 13.01% during the same period.
The Indian Auto Industry, including component manufacturing is expected to reach US$ 251 – US$282 billion by 2026.
Auto Expo 2018
With the overall outlook of the auto industry looking bright, this year’s Auto Expo sees participation from most major auto manufacturers who will get the opportunity of showcasing and launching their products in this year’s event.
Owing to the tremendous growth of the Auto Expo over the last few years, the event is now organised at two different venues – one with a clear focus on Automobiles (Auto Expo 2018), to be held from 9 to 14 February 2018 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida – and the other dealing with Auto Components (Auto Expo 2018 – Components) to be held from 8 to 11 February at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The overall theme for the show is “Mobility for all”. Due to rising interest and increasing footfalls every year, one more day has been added this year, which is a reflection of the expanding auto industry in India. Around 100 exhibitors and 12 technology start-ups are gearing up for participation in this year’s show.
The Auto Vehicles show will have the entire range of vehicles from two-wheelers to large commercial vehicles, brought in by Indian and international producers. Some innovative new designs and cutting-edge technologies will enthuse visitors. The Show is expected to attract large investments, building on the capabilities of creative Indian engineers and entrepreneurs.
The Auto Components show will be spread across 60,000 square meters of area in the sprawling fields of New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. With the theme of “Automotive technologies that drive the world”, this year the Auto Components Show will focus on technologies driving product innovation, efficient manufacturing and logistics.
More than 12000 participants from more than 20 countries are expected to attend the show this year. The Expo will also have 7 country pavilions at display. It will feature exclusive displays of latest components, product launches, conferences and allied events, among others. The large number of seminars and conferences would provide an opportunity for discussion among various stakeholders, on latest technologies and its challenges and would also help in laying the roadmap for future growth.
The Components show will have a unique pavilion on road safety to sensitize and educate the users on road safety and raise awareness on avoiding accidents.
Keeping in mind the pollution crisis in India, a major focus this year is on greener technologies and building green mobility. Hence the focus would be on shifting to alternative fuels and electric and hybrid cars.
Some of the new events planned for the show include motor sports, an auto gaming arena and an autonomous vehicle display with built in artificial intelligence, among others. The autonomous vehicle display would be a unique and interesting experience for auto enthusiasts, which would focus on consumer benefits of using such cars, including safer ways of commuting.
With all these exciting launches lined up and a focus on futuristic innovation and technology, the show promises to be a thrilling experience for all auto enthusiasts and is extremely relevant for buyers as well as the technology providers. The event would also provide a great platform for auto manufactures and stakeholders to connect, share and build new ideas.
Auto Expo 2016
The previous edition of the Auto Expo was held in 2016 from 5-9 February 2016 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR. 65 vehicle exhibitors visited the show and displayed more than 500 vehicles including two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers, special vehicles, concept vehicles etc.
The Auto Expo 2016 met with major success and witnessed the launching of a whopping 108 vehicles including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and commercial vehicles. The show registered a total footfall of 6.01 lakh and saw the coming together of stakeholders from different spheres including the Government, industry and general public.
Simultaneously, the Components Show was held from February 4-7 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and showcased the latest and the best technology from automotive manufacturers. The total footfall at the end of the show amounted to 1.14 lakhs.
Each edition of this mega show introduces some new and unique products and concepts. Auto Expo 2018 with its focus on technology innovation promises to be a spectacular show, facilitating interactions and leveraging huge business potential for India’s dynamic automotive sector.
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