The 2018 Auto Expo, the biennial auto extravaganza, has come to a successful completion on the 6th public day on February 14 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. The Asia's largest motoring event, jointly organized by - Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), was held from February 9 – 14, 2018. It witnessed over 500 product displays from 119 exhibitors. This included 53 Original Vehicle Manufacturers showcasing over 100 products, included 22 launches, 81 product unveilings and 18 concept showcase.
Mr. Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM said, “Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is yet another milestone as a grand exposition that has built a brand image for itself over the years. It is the biggest platform for the Indian Automobile industry to showcase its journey towards the future of ‘Mobility in India’, with competitive & world class products, technology & futuristic concept.” There were 14 new brand launches that included Kia Motors India, India Kawasaki Motors and Cleveland CycleWerks. There were 25 Electric Vehicles showcased in this edition of the Auto Expo. A total of 11 start-ups marked presence in India through this edition of Auto Expo 2018. The crowds converged in large numbers, not just on the weekends but also on regular weekdays.
Mr. Sugato Sen, Deputy Director General, SIAM said, “The successful completion of the Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is a great achievement for the industry. We had 6,05,175 footfalls during this edition of the Auto Expo, as was expected. The extension of the Auto Expo by one day has been welcomed by visitors and manufacturers alike. It helped us manage the crowd efficiently, use the infrastructure optimally with no bottlenecks on roads and parking. The feedback received from all quarters has been positive and has been a wonderful experience for all which was one of the key objectives of the Motor Show.” The 2018 Auto Expo was inaugurated by Shri Anant G. Geete, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India.
Much like the previous editions, this year saw participation of glitterati including legendary sports personalities. Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Gul Panag, Rahul Khanna, stand-up comedian Kanan Gill were seen at various launches. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Former Indian Captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Gautam Gambhir and Indian Seamer R P Singh also launched vehicles at the Auto Expo. The special zones were the real attraction this year that generated a lot of buzz around and also had massive crowds congregating in the special zones. More than 750 government school children were given a unique opportunity to visit the Auto show. A Job Fair was also organized by the Automotive Skills Development Council, in association with SIAM with 136 jobs offered in the field of automation and Auto-ancillary segment.