The Auto Expo is the most awaited biennial event in the Indian auto industry. Auto manufacturers, enthusiasts & the who’s who of the auto industry all wait & watch with bated breath to see what will be revealed at the Expo. It is well & truly a good indicator of the future of the automobile in India. Initially envisioned in 1985 with a debut in 1986, the Expo has always been a showcase of sorts allowing not only Auto manufacturers but also the OEM suppliers and component manufacturers to display their highly technical capabilities.
And no, its not just restricted to Indian players, the Expo also attracts a global footfall allowing Indian manufacturers to aspire to go global. Jointly organised by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) the Expo is something we all look forward to every year & this year is no exception.
This year sees the Auto Expo in it’s 12th edition and as always we look forward to some really exciting launches this year. There are around 70 launches taking place at the Expo this year & it makes for some nail-biting moments. On a more promising & interesting note, 26 of these launches are going to be for global models. This is encouraging news indeed showing the commitment that global auto manufacturers have shown to India as a manufacturing & sourcing hub. Organised at 2 different venues due to space constraints the motor show will remain at the Indian Expo Mart in Noida while the auto components exhibit will be based at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
The Noida venue has 55 participants while Pragati Maidan has actually seen a drop in numbers with only around 1100 component manufacturers participating as opposed to 1500 the last time. Clear signs that sluggish car sales are definitely impacting bottom lines for many a component manfufacturer. The exhibition opens for the general public on 7th February with 5th & 6th being reserved for the media.
For all those of you eagerly keeping track of the happenings & launches at the ongoing Auto Expo 2014 (regardless of whether you are actually present there or not) we bring you some images of the action. We will be continually updating this post so do keep coming back for more. We are thankful to our reader Gauri Lokare who has painstakingly been shooting & sharing with us. Watch this space for more & remember, you saw it here and read about it here on AutoColumn.