The week-long celebration in the automobile world — Auto Expo 2016 — came to an end Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida.
The exposition, organised jointly by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), was held from Feb. 3-9, 2016. The biennial event recorded a footfall of over 6 lakh this year, as against 5.6 lakh in Auto Expo 2014.
Auto Expo 2016, India's biggest auto carnival, witnessed over 108 new product launches and unveiling from over 65 manufacturers over seven days. While the first two days of the expo was reserved for media and the business community, the gates opened for auto enthusiasts and the public on Feb.5. The last day of the Auto Expo, Tuesday, Feb. 9, saw 95,000 footfalls.
"We believe the Auto Expo has successfully evolved from being just another exhibition of vehicles to a showcase of Indian manufacturing strength and technological capabilities. With over 108 new products being launched and unveiled and 6,01,914 footfalls received over the last one week, we believe this expo will strengthen the belief of our manufacturers in the Indian automotive industry. We would like to thank all those who visited the motor show as well as all our exhibitors, partners and the media. They are the ones who have made this show a success and helped us reach the desired level of excellence," said Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM, in a statement.
While companies like Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson opted to stay away from the 13th edition of the Auto Expo, it welcomed new exhibitors like Revolta Motors, Force Motors, Jeep, Abarth and Dhasan Moto, BMW Motorrad, DSK Benelli and Polaris.
The opening day of the Auto Expo 2016 saw the unveiling of much-awaited models like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Tucson SUV, Honda Navi hybrid two-wheeler, Jaguar XE, Tata Kite 5 compact sedan, Tata Hexon , Renault Kwid 1.0-litre, Honda BR-V, Toyota Innova Crysta and Audi R8 V10. The second day of the event welcomed models like Mahindra XUV Aero coupe SUV, Fiat's new Linea 125S, Punto Pure, Avventura Urban Cross, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Duster facelift.