The organisers of the famed Delhi Auto Expo expect 2016 jamboree, beginning February 5, to be better than the previous event with expected footfall of over six lakh.
The five-day Delhi Auto Expo is being jointly organised by the SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), ACMA (Automotive Components Manufacturers Association) and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
In the 2014 event, the daily average footfall was over 1.25 lakh, making Delhi Auto Expo the largest in the world. The nearest rival was the Shanghai Expo which averaged around 1.13 lakh visitors a day, SIAM said.
The Auto Expo-The Motor Show 2016 promises to be bigger, better and more exciting and expects to see over 6 lakh visitors, SIAM director general Sugato Sen said here today.
The organisers have ensured that the show will have no glitches as last time in terms of connectivity, number of halls etc.
The organisers have increased the gross indoor exhibition space to 68,000 sqms which is double the space it had last time, he said.
Sen said the venue has gone through some major makeovers to cater to all the essential requirement of the auto makers and manufacturers with six new large halls with additional carpet area of 37,240 sqms.
The venue will have 14 exhibition halls, and one outdoor hanger and nearly 100 food & beverages outlets apart from six entry and exit gates and two parking lots that can accommodate 10,000 cars.
The 2016 Expo will be held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, near Delhi and also simultaneously at the Pragati Maidan in the heart of the capital (for component makers).
While SIAM's Sen did not expect any major launches
this year, he said the number of participants will be higher with some half-a-dozen new players registering for the show.
Last edition had 55 exhibitors, this year the number has already crossed 65, he said, adding over 1,500 exhibitors are expected to participate in the component show from over 20 countries.
The country pavilions will have China, Taiwan, Britain, Canada, Germany, Korea and Japan, while other international participants include Italy, Austria, Poland, The Netherlands, Dubai, Hong Kong, France, Sweden, and the US, Sen said.
This edition of the expo will have new auto brands such as the Abarth, BMW MotorRad, Jeep from the Chrysler, DSK Benelli, Indian Motorcycles, and two-wheeler brand Polaris and others.
However, some big names like Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield, Harley-Davidson, Volvo India and few others are skipping it, according to reports.