January 04, 2012

Curtain raiser to the Delhi Auto Expo 2012

The 11th Auto Expo 2012, jointly organised by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers
(SIAM), is scheduled from January 5-11, 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.

This edition of the event will focus on the theme – 'Mobility for All' with special emphasis on the safety and need of environment friendly fuels/vehicles, technological advancements, and innovative designs.

The participation from both the vehicle manufactures and the automotive component sector is encouraging.

The automotive industry will be looking forward to launching several vehicles from passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, two-wheelers to a range of electric and hybrid vehicles, besides modified vehicles. The automotive component players will be showing their latest technologies. Innovative products including fully built off – the road vehicles too will be unveiled by a few.

The show has got a global audience riveted to its proceedings, with over 1,000 journalists from over 9 countries registering for the show. The current auto expo will send a clear message to the world that the Indian automotive Industry has come of age. The race for launches has begun even before January 5, 2012.

Officially the first day of the exposition is reserved exclusively for the media; the day is also a Goodwill day for the differently challenged people to visit the show.

“India’s auto industry reported a growth in as aspects be it passenger cars, Utility vehicles, Vans/ MPV’s, two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers. This edition of Auto Expo would strive to boost the auto sector in spite of negatives growth in the passenger vehicle and three-wheeler segment in the last quarter of 2011 the Auto Expo thus begins with a positive note for the Industry. Post Expo, we expect vehicle sales to keep up its momentum, especially such a large number of launches at the show,” said, Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Steering Committee, Auto Expo 2012.

Record launches by vehicle manufacturers
The optimism in the air can be gauged by the record number of launches at the expo.

“Global companies like, Polaris of USA, Triumph of UK, Mini & Motorad range from BMW, Vespa from the two-wheeler segment. PSA Peugeot, Nissan, SSangyong of Korea (Mahindra Group) from the Cars segment, Paccar of Netherlands from the trucking segment. Almost all the Indian Automotive manufacturer is launching new models/ new variants” said S. Sandilya. President, SIAM. He added, “Several battery operated vehicles and hybrids will also be unveiled in this year’s edition of Auto Expo and almost all the vehicle halls would see new vehicles”.

The focused theme of the Expo will be ‘New Technology - Green Technology'. Vehicle manufacturers are ensuring that at least part of their stalls have the green message going. A few manufacturers will be displaying their 'green line' of vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint. Added Arvind Saxena, Chairman, Trade Fair Committee, SIAM

Auto components progressing
"The Auto Expo will act as a platform for highlighting the progress the auto-component industry has made over the last 2 years since the previous Auto Expo in terms of its growing capabilities and capacity, specially in the area of new product development and adoption of latest product and manufacturing technologies, particularly to meet the rapidly changing requirements in terms of emission reduction, enhanced safety, security and comfort. Both Indian and foreign business visitors will have ample opportunity to see products on display as well interact with senior officials of component companies at the venue grounds," said Arvind Kapur, President ACMA.

He added that the display will include a wide range of new and locally designed/developed auto-components, new designs of component systems like engine management systems, new age electronics like Navigation Systems, vehicle security systems etc. This Expo will position the Indian auto-component manufacturers as the most ideally suited to manufacture components for small cars, thus making India a key hub for production of small cars and two-wheelers in the world.

“It is very encouraging for the auto components industry in India to witness a robust growth in the domestic automobile industry for the last few months. But today our fortunes are not linked to the domestic market alone. Auto component players have spread their global footprint through foreign collaborations and acquisitions. We also hope that vehicle markets across the globe experience increased sales. This will bode well for the Indian auto components industry,” said Arvind Kapur, President, ACMA


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