After a gap of three years, the marquee event of the Indian automobile and component industry is back. The Auto Expo 2023 returns to Greater Noida while Auto Expo for Components makes its way to Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The biggest event for the Indian automobile industry, the platforms allow manufacturers to showcase the absolute best they either have on offer or plan to bring out in the times to come. There is very little wonder then that this year’s auto expo is once again likely to draw in crowds in huge numbers.
The Indian auto expo is organized once every two years by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), with support from Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Conceived in 1985, the first-ever expo was held in 1986, a time when the Indian automobile sector was still in its relative nascency. Since then, the industry has grown from strength to strength and the expo has provided a generous window into all the developments. The most-recent edition of the event was held in 2020, just before the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic struck the country. The persistence of the pandemic, however, saw the 2022 edition being pushed back and while there are now fresh concerns over Covid-19 across the world, the 2023 edition is ready to welcome thousands of visitors with proper precautions in place.
Auto Expo 2023 will once again be held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, this time between January 13 and January 18. There are 14 exhibition halls for the main events, apart from outdoor areas for a variety of activities as well as convenience services. General public hours are from 10 am onwards and entry will be closed 30 minutes before closing time on each of the six days.There are three entry and three exit gates to get in and out of the venue. In years gone by, the event was held at Pragati Maidan in central Delhi before being moved to Greater Noida which too is well-connected with the rest of the National Capital Region (NCR) via road and metro rail network, Knowledge Park II being the closest station. For those opting to make use of private vehicles, there is a designated parking zone which can accommodate up to 8,000 vehicles. There will also be a designated taxi and autorickshaw stand close to the venue.
In the interest of security, arms and ammunition, eatables, alcohol and illegal substances are not allowed inside the venue. Pets are not allowed here and smoking is also strictly prohibited in common areas although there are designated zones for it. Those with serious medical conditions are advised not to visit the event although basic first aid and medical facilities are available.
There would be, however, much to look forward to once inside the venue with cars, SUVs, MUVs, two and three wheelers, special and concept vehicles, commercial vehicles, vintage cars, super cars and super bikes, among others, on display. Watch out also for a glimpse at vehicle technologies which include Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics and robotics that are increasingly making way into modern-day mobility options. A number of theme-based activities and exhibits have also been planned for this year’s expo.