tech2 News StaffAugust 2, 2021 14:20:13 IST
For the first time in its history, India’s leading car show Auto Expo has been postponed. The Indian Automobile Manufacturers Association (SIAM) has decided to postpone the 2022 publication of the biennial car show due to the precarious situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a possible third virus infecting the country. The 2022 edition of the exhibition was originally scheduled to take place in February in Greater Noida; The latest edition was held in February 2020, just before the pandemic made itself felt in the country.
“The risk of infection is very high in a business to consumer (B2C) show such as Auto Expo, which is visited by large crowds and it would be difficult to maintain social distance. That is why it has been decided to postpone the Auto Expo – Motor Show for now,” said SIAM CEO Rajesh Menon in the bulletin.
SIAM said it recognizes the risks associated with hosting Auto Expo due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a possible third wave. At this point, it is uncertain how COVID-19 will evolve in the coming months, and at the same time organizing an Auto Expo would preferably take a year.
SIAM has said the exact date for the next Expo will be decided later this year in line with the COVID-19 situation and will ensure that it does not conflict with any event on OICA’s global car show calendar. If SIAM finds a new venue for the Auto Expo on the OICA calendar in 2022, it will probably not come until the second half of next year.
The Auto Expo 2020 was attended by more than six million visitors and had seen about 70 product launches and demonstrations. Interestingly, SIAM had almost agreed to postpone the 2020 weight for a year before deciding against it. The sharp slowdown in the Indian car industry meant several big names – such as Honda, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and many more – had decided to skip the 2020 event as participation costs remained high and most players were in the midst of renewing their product lines before BS6 emissions came into force. .
Inputs from PTI