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Auto industry body SIAM is gearing up for upcoming Auto Expo in February 2018 to showcase the changing dynamics of the sector in the backdrop of demand for eco-friendly fuels and advent of new-age technologies.
The show, for which online bookings on bookmyshow.com have opened from today, will see new participants like South Korea's Kia Motors, Japan's Kawasaki and IT major Microsoft, while notable absentees include Ford India, General Motors, Volkswagen group and Nissan.
In view of an expected increase in visitors, the organisers have increased the number of public days to six, which will be from February 9-14, 2018.
"In the next year's Auto Expo, we are moving away from just the static displays of automobiles to a more dynamic showcase of total mobility solutions," Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Deputy Director General Sugato Sen told PTI.
The participants are expected to focus on new technologies, specially electric vehicles and eco-friendly fuels considering how these have become important in combating pollution, he added.
Sen said for the first time, there will be multiple zones for different activities keeping in tune with the theme of the expo -- 'co-create, co-exist and celebrate'.
"From connected cars, shared mobility, innovations, to electric vehicles (EVs), smart living and entertainment, the various zones will give visitors the opportunity to experience a total new age mobility ecosystem," he added.
SIAM has also reached out to various firms and brands for participation so that the zones interplay and integrate with product displays by automobile companies to create a holistic experience, Sen said.
The EV tech and smart city zone will display innovations in the last 12 months by various organisations, educational institutions and start-ups to showcase how new technology can positively impact everyday lives, he added.
"One special area will be the zone which will showcase 70 years of Indian automobile industry," he said.
When asked about arrangements for visitors, Sen said, "We expect more footfall compared to the previous one and that's why we will have an additional visitors day in next year's Auto Expo."
He further said, "In terms of footfall, the 6 lakh public visitors we had in five days in 2016 expo is still the biggest in the world in terms of per day visitor. We expect that this record will be broken in 2018.