Gear­ing up for the Auto Expo 2018

Auto Today - - Editorial - Yo­gen­dra Pratap Ed­i­tor yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­ @Yo­genPratap

The Auto Expo con­tin­ues to be India’s lead­ing au­to­mo­tive fair. Though with the move to its new venue in Greater Noida and sep­a­ra­tion of the com­po­nents part of the show, it seems to have di­min­ished slightly in size and stature.

The Auto Expo has strug­gled to re­gain the heights it was el­e­vated to, since the global hype sur­round­ing the de­but of the small car from Tata Mo­tors at the 2008 Auto Expo. In the decade since the world pre­miere of the Nano, the Auto Expo has shrunk in size and ce­mented its po­si­tion as a re­gional show rather than a global one. The with­drawal of a num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers from this year’s show may not hit the show as badly as ex­pected be­cause of the ar­rival of new man­u­fac­tur­ers to the In­dian au­to­mo­tive scene and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Expo. But it does af­fect the sen­ti­ment and the stature of the show on the whole. For it to be rel­e­vant and emerge as a player on the global scene, the Auto Expo has to en­sure par­tic­i­pa­tion of the en­tire industry and make it im­per­a­tive for ev­ery­one to at­tend. Hope­fully, once the show moves back to its cen­tral lo­ca­tion, there may be a case to push it back where it be­longs, that is amongst the top five auto shows glob­ally.

In this is­sue we fo­cus on the Auto Show as we pre­view what all is go­ing to be on dis­play and hope that af­ter the lessons learnt from the pre­vi­ous cou­ple of times, SIAM is able to or­gan­ise and run a show of which we can be proud.

Also in this is­sue we pitch the new Re­nault Cap­tur against the com­pe­ti­tion and also its own sib­ling in the form of the Nis­san Terrano to find out which is the best mid-sized SUV in the coun­try and whether some­one can re­lin­quish the ti­tle from the Hyundai Creta.

And lastly, do en­joy the Auto Expo and drive and ride safely to the show and back. If by any chance you are not able to make it then we will have de­tailed cov­er­age of the show in our next is­sue.

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