Auto Expo 2018 ends, records total footfall of 605,175


New Delhi: The 14th edition of the Delhi Auto Expo ended on Wednesday with a total registered footfall of 605,175 and witnessed over 500 product displays from 119 exhibitors. Over 53 original vehicle manufacturers showcased over 120 existing and new products, including 22 new cars and two-wheelers, 81 products, including auto parts launches, and 18 new concept vehicles.

According to a press release issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (Siam), there were 14 new brand launches, including Kia Motors India, India Kawasaki Motors and Cleveland CycleWerks. Apart from that, 25 electric vehicles were showcased and 11 startups marked their presence in the biennial event.

“Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is yet another milestone as a grand exposition that has built a brand image for itself over the years. It is the biggest platform for the Indian automobile industry to showcase its journey towards the future of ‘Mobility in India’, with competitive & world class products, technology & futuristic concept,” said Vishnu Mathur, director general, Siam.

“The successful completion of the Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is a great achievement for the industry. We had 605,175 footfalls during this edition of the Auto Expo, as was expected. The extension of the Auto Expo by one day has been welcomed by visitors and manufacturers alike. It helped us manage the crowd efficiently, use the infrastructure optimally with no bottlenecks on roads and parking,” said Sugato Sen, deputy director general, Siam.

The preceding edition of the event, excluding the component show, recorded a total footfall of 601,914, marginally lower than this year’s footfall.

The lack of increase in footfall can be attributed to the absence of a number of globally renowned vehicle makers like Volkswager Group, Jaguar and Land Rover Ltd, Nissan India Pvt. Ltd, Ford Motor India Pvt. Ltd and Triumph Motorcycles and Eicher Motors Ltd, to name a few.

According to Siam, this year’s edition witnessed a tremendous response on social media as there were more than 1.5 lakh tweets on its official hashtag which further garnered over 4.5 billion impressions on Twitter in a span of six days.livemint