Auto Expo 2020 to see 90-100 new vehicle unveilings2 min read . Updated: 16 Jan 2020, 10:34 PM IST
- The biennial automotive industry event is organized by Siam with support from Acma and CII
- In its last edition in 2018, the Auto Expo had recorded about 80 new product unveils including commercial launches
MUMBAI : About 90-100 new vehicles are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming New Delhi Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2020, senior executives at Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) said in Mumbai today. The new vehicle introductions will include more than 50 commercial product launches and display of upcoming vehicles, concepts and also BS VI upgrades.
In its last edition in 2018, the Auto Expo had recorded about 80 new product unveils including commercial launches, Sugato Sen, deputy director general, Siam said at a press conference on Thursday.
The biennial automotive industry event is organized by Siam with support from Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (Acma) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Seen as a premier platform by the automakers to display vehicles and latest technologies for consumers and to hold trade dialogues, this year’s motor show is expected to see over 65 new product unveilings by Siam members alone.
Additionally, more than 30 new products and concepts will be showcased by the first time participants, which include carmakers such as Kia Motors India, MG Motor India, Olectra Greentech, among others.
This year’s edition will also see a record participation from 18 start-ups as against 11 who had participated in the Auto Expo 2018. The motor show, which begins on February 5, will also mark the debut of prominent vehicle manufacturers from China such as Great Wall Motors and FAW Haima Automobile.
However, owing to the challenging market conditions, several automakers have pulled out from this year’s auto expo including BMW, Audi, Volvo, Jeep, Honda Cars India, Toyota Kirloskar India, Ford India and Jaguar Land Rover India. Major two-wheeler manufacturers such as Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), TVS Motor Company, Bajaj Auto Ltd, Royal Enfield, India Yamaha Motor and others too are giving the motor show a miss this year.
“While globally the number of participants at the motor shows is declining, the visitor turnout is increasing," said Sen highlighting that Siam has not revised the cost of exhibiting vehicles at the Delhi Auto Expo for the last 8 years or for the past four editions.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India managing director Gurpratap Boparai, who also is the chairman of Siam Trade Fair Group, was present at the press conference in Mumbai. He said that the organisers expect a footfall of about 600,000 visitors during the 8-day event, similar to the attendance recorded in the 2018 edition. "Also, electric vehicles will be seen no more as a separate section at the motor show unlike previous editions but with the mainstream vehicles," he said.
“The focus will be to demonstrate evolution of technologies in vehicles such as safety, connectivity, electrification and hybrids this time. As a result you will find new participants such as Reliance Jio, which is already present in the connectivity space. We will also have a townhall by Facebook," added Sen.