The dates for 2020 Auto Expo have been finalized. The exhibition opens on February 7th and will go on till February 12th with some automakers having confirmed their participation while there are some leading automakers who will be giving this biennial motoring show a miss.
Among the car makers, Honda, Toyota, Jeep, Ford, Lexus and Fiat will not be present at the 2020 Auto Expo. Two wheeler makers, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj, TVS, Royal Enfield have also opted out of the show. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have not yet made their decision.
Absence of some of the biggest names in the Indian auto industry from the biggest automotive show of India shows the overall gloom that has spread across the entire auto industry.
Hero will not be at the 2020 Auto Expo so as to focus on ensuring that its products meet the upcoming BS VI norms in time and beat the industry downturn. The fact that the industry’s largest two wheeler maker will not be present at this prestigious show only indicates the extent of de-growth that is plaguing the automobile industry.
However, on the upside, there are some brands that will not be giving the Auto Expo a miss. These brands that will be present at the 2020 Auto Expo are Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra who will be showing off a new lineup of both concept cars and electric vehicles.
Foreign automakers such as Renault, VW, Mercedes Benz and Skoda will also be present along with Kia Motors and MG Motors who have seen enormous success with the Kia Seltos and MG Hector respectively. Citroen is also expected to participate.
Volkswagen and Skoda will be presenting the MQB A0 IN platform based cars at this year’s show under the India 2.0 Project while MG Motors is expected to showcase its India bound ZS EV and other models from its global range. Same is expected from Kia Motors.
There will also be Great Wall Motors from China who will be participating at the 2020 Auto Expo. Other reason for top guns opting out of the 2020 Auto Expo is the high cost of participation. On average, participating costs a car / bike maker in the region of Rs 30 crores. This includes cost of space, construction of stage, inviting support / overseas staff and other expenses on logistics with no promise of returns in the immediate future.