The biennial Auto Expo 2023, which had been postponed from 2022 due to COVID-19, concluded with an unprecedented 6.36 lakh visitors. The show, which ran from January 11 to 18, saw five global launches, as well as 75 products being launched and unveiled. SIAM President Vinod Aggarwal stated that these figures are the highest-ever for any Auto Expo.
The show had a focus on sustainable mobility, decarbonisation and five particular initiatives – ‘Surakshit Safar’ for road safety, ‘Jaivik Pahal’ for bio-fuel vehicles, ‘Vidyutikaran’ for electrification of vehicles, ‘Chakriyata’ for recycling of vehicles and ‘Gas Gatishilta’ for gas mobility.
Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Kia India, Toyota Kirloskar and MG Motor India were amongst the traditional automakers present at the event here. However, some key brands such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Skoda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi did not take part in this show.
The Auto Expo, returning after three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opened with the global premiere of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s concept electric SUV ‘eVX’ which is slated to hit the market by 2025.
Besides, the two-wheeler makers such as Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Co. were present with their displays of flex fuel prototype vehicles at the Ethanol pavilion. On the first day of the show, electric vehicles got the spotlight with the likes of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Tata Motors, MG Motor and BYD unveiling their futuristic products, committing to invest in sustainable mobility.
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There was also the launch of Hyundai Motor India’s all-electric model Ioniq 5 at an introductory price of Rs 44.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the first 500 customers in the presence of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan.
Kia India unveiled an all-electric SUV Concept Kia Concept EV9, with plans to invest Rs. 2,000 crore over the next four years to strengthen its presence in the electric vehicle segment. The second day saw the unveiling of Suzuki’s globally acclaimed compact SUV Jimny in a five-door version for the first time.
The expo had Tata Motors showcasing its electric SUV Sierra, which is likely to hit the market in 2025, and the EV version of its mid-sized SUV Harrier, slated to be commercially launched next year. MG Motor India had its two electric vehicles MG4, a hatchback, and the MG EHS, a plug-in hybrid SUV. The commercial vehicles segment displayed clean technology vehicles, including electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from different manufacturers, like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) and JBM Auto.