Arun Malhotra and Sugato Sen from SIAM tell us what to expect.

Organised by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM), jointly with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), this year’s Auto Expo will see over 100 vehicle previews. The venue for the event will be the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida between February 9-14, 2018.

The theme of this year’s show is Co-Create, Co-Exist and Celebrate’, which SIAM says is in sync with its focus on the ‘Entire Mobile Eco-System’. A number of new entrants, including Kia Motors and India Kawasaki, and a few technology companies will be displaying their wares at the show.

SIAM has stated that this year’s Auto Expo 2018 will be a more engaging experience than before. “Mobility’s future evolution is just beginning, and Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 will be a platform to showcase the best in mobility and technology for the consumers," said Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan Motor India and chairman, SIAM Trade Fair. "Over the years, the Auto Expo has emerged as a global platform for auto manufacturers to showcase their best of product, technology, and futuristic visions. We are confident this edition of AETMS will set new benchmarks globally for the Indian mobility system solutions.”

Sugato Sen, deputy director general, SIAM, said, “This edition of the Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is one of the biggest motor shows of this region and we have moved away from just the static displays of automobiles to a more dynamic showcase of total mobility solutions. There will be multiple zones for different activities keeping in tune with the theme of the expo and will be more focused towards new technologies and innovation in the auto industry.”

A lot of OEMs are not participating in this year’s show claiming “high expenses”, Sen responded, saying, “The cost per square feet of space has remained the same since 2012; there has been no revision in the price charged to the companies, at all. In fact, the discount that we started in 2012 to encourage participation from OEMs is still being continued. There are some companies which have not participated; but that has been a common trend. In every edition of the Auto Expo, there will be
some companies which do not have any new major product to showcase or some other difficulty which keeps them from participating in the event.”

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