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Auto Expo may lose sheen as government plans mega mobility show


Jan 6, 2024
Auto Expo may lose sheen as government plans mega mobility show


NEW DELHI: Auto Expo, which has for years been India’s premier motor show, is set to lose some sheen with government lining up Bharat Mobility Expo, a three-day event starting February 1. The event will bring 11 agencies representing the multiple segments, from car makers to components, tyres, electric vehicles, construction to battery and electronics outfits under one platform.
While this year’s show has been put together quickly, a talking point in industry circles is commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal’s suggestion to expand the Mobility Show beyond Bharat Mandapam (the original venue of the Auto Expo when it was called Pragati Maidan) to also include the recently completed Yashobhoomi in Dwarka, and subsequently the Noida Expo Centre (the current home of the Auto Expo).
While Goyal did not give any dates for next year, Auto Expo has been held every alternate year in January-February.
At a meeting on Friday, the minister was candid about a pushback from industry players when he first suggested the mega mobility show. The minister’s suggestion that this won’t be a one-off event got industry players talking about the possibility of dealing with it next year too.
For the moment, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers or Siam, the Auto Expo is sticking to its plan. “Let this event (Bharat Mobility) get over,” said a functionary.
While the industry lobby group has been pitching it as a main auto show, several top players have been giving it a miss. For instance, in 2023, many major players, including Mahindra & Mahindra, Honda, Mercedez, BMW, VW, Skoda, Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto decided to skip the event.
In contrast, Goyal has nudged the entire mobility sector to join Bharat Mobility Expo as part of its drive to position India as an attractive MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination with several shows, including those for textiles, gems and jewellery and food lined up until March.
So far, 600 exhibitors, including over 50 from overseas, are expected to participate in this edition’s Bharat Mobility, the organisers said.


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