CO-CREATE, COEXIST AND CELEBRATE – AUTO EXPO 2018
Asia’s largest and the world’s second largest motor show is here! That’s right. Auto Expo 2018 will be held at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. It is to happen from the 9th to the 14th of February. The Component Show is to take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from the 8th to the 11th of February. The joint inauguration is on the 8th of February. Auto Expo is a biennial show. The one happening from the 8th of February is the 14th show to happen since the time of initiation. It is organized by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association(ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
HOW DID IT START?
It all started off in the year 1986. The first Auto Expo was all about how the Indian Automotive Industry was taking in new technologies and adopting them to suit the jagged conditions of India. It was a 9-day show that was pronounced by the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi Ji. The first event just featured 152 exhibits but we have witnessed some massive improvement overtime, haven’t we?
The event has commenced for 13 times over a span of 31 years now! The event held in 2016 was a howling success, around 6 lakh people turned up. While the theme of the show was, ‘Mobility for all’ in 2014, it was all about ‘Eco-friendliness’ in 2016. Over 108 new products were launched and more than 65 manufacturers took part in the Expo. The event receives accreditation from Organization Internationale des d’Automobiles. The major focus of the event is to produce transportation options for common people. Although it is not as technologically ahead as the Tokyo, Geneva or Detroit motor shows, it is good enough.
HOW DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN INDIA?
In terms of design, development, manufacturing, marketing and selling of motor vehicles, India is currently in the fifth place. China is the largest market in terms of both, demand and supply followed by the United States, Japan and Germany. India aims to be in the third place this year, so Auto Expo is definitely an economy booster.
Well, keeping in mind the future mobility ecosystem and electric vehicles, the theme for this year is ‘Co-create, coexist and Celebrate’. The focus will be on the ‘Entire Mobility Ecosystem’. Six special zones are to be introduced this time. So, all the motor heads out there, go get your tickets. They are available at BookMyShow!
What to expect this time?
Cars and two wheelers are showcased at Auto Expos. New vehicles are also launched. Do you want to know what is in store for the one coming up? Well, look forward to the launch of the next generation Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Vios C-Segment Sedan from Toyota, Maruti Suzuki Vitara, Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV, Honda civic and Honda HR-V among other vehicles.
Honda CBR300R: This bike is fun to ride and has a wide spread torque. With a displacement of around 286cc, this beauty’s top speed is about 157 km/hr. It has one cylinder and six gears. The full tank capacity is almost 13 litres.
TVS Graphite: With just one cylinder, automatic gears and an engine displacement of 150cc, this scooter has many premium features. This vehicle was seen in its concept avatar at the Auto Expo 2014, we can finally see it launched at the Auto Expo 2018.
TVS Apache 160: The Apache 160 is built with impressive quality. It has a very powerful motor and vibey engine. Powering the engine is a 159.7cc, 4 stroke-cylinder. This bike cannot handle high speeds.
Honda PCX 150: The displacement in this bike is approximately 153cc. It has just one cylinder and automatic gears. Having a top speed of 112 km/hr, the fuel tank capacity is estimated to be 8 litres. Ride this bike in a sporty riding position. It also has a very efficient braking system.
Aprilia 125: This bike is said to have an aggressive, essential and a compact style. It seems to be an exact replica of its 150cc sibling. The tires are slim to increase the performance. It completes the family that consists of Vespa LX125, Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125.
Suzuki is expected to showcase around 17 models. The manufacturer also mentioned about introducing two new models at the event. We expect them to introduce a premium bike, maybe a Suzuki V Strom 650 Adventure Tourer and a scooter.
It is going to be a ‘dream come true’ moment for all the motor aficionados out there. Speed up and go go go!