Auto Expo 2018 – Part One

The 14th edi­tion of Auto Expo (2018) pro­vided a glimpse of the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Ashish Bha­tia and Anirudh Ra­heja

The 14th edi­tion of Auto Expo (2018) pro­vided a glimpse of the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity.

The 14th edi­tion of Auto Expo 2018 was a suc­cess. Pro­vid­ing a glimpse of the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity, the bi­en­nial mo­tor show, or­gan­ised by Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nent Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ACMA), Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) and So­ci­ety of In­dian Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers (SIAM), wit­nessed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 1319 (119 at the mo­tor show) com­pa­nies. The mo­tor show, held from Fe­bru­ary 09 to Fe­bru­ary 14, 2018, at the In­dia Expo Mart, Greater Noida, re­flected on the change in in­dus­try sen­ti­ments. Con­vey­ing a pos­i­tive sen­ti­ment, the pre­mier fair turned out to be a plat­form for 500 prod­uct dis­plays. Over 22 launches, and 81 prod­uct un­veil­ings

took place. About 18 con­cepts were un­veiled. The 14 new launches the show wit­nessed, pointed at an in­creas­ing fo­cus to­wards green tech­nol­ogy. There were 25 elec­tric ve­hi­cles at the show. Pro­vid­ing an ef­fec­tive plat­form for 11 star­tups, the auto fair saw CV OEMs present new trucks, buses, vans, three-wheel­ers and more. Re­flect­ing on the changes the CV in­dus­try is wit­ness­ing in-line with the reg­u­la­tory in­flu­ences and mar­ket forces, the CVs dis­played at the Auto Expo 2018 made a strong busi­ness case, and ef­fec­tive com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity.

Not lim­it­ing them­selves to ad­dress the cur­rent ex­pec­ta­tions, the CVs show­cased, dared to pro­vide a glimpse of the fu­ture.

The CVs high­lighted the abil­ity of their OEMs; their ca­pa­bil­ity and tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess. The CVs high­lighted the ef­fort of the OEMs to engi­neer plat­forms that look far be­yond fos­sil fu­els. CVs that are elec­tric in na­ture. CVs that point at the fu­ture of shared mo­bil­ity, last mile trans­port and more. With elec­tric buses mak­ing a promi­nant display at this mo­tor show, the CV in­dus­try proved that it is at the fore­front of in­dus­try trans­for­ma­tion. With com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle pop­u­la­tion in In­dia pegged at 7.5 lakh units, the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles dis­played un­der­lined the am­bi­tion of the in­dus­try to be sec­ond to none. With ex­ports from the coun­try ex­pected to grow by five to six per cent in FY2018-19, it would be un­fair if the CV in­dus­try did not hint at its in­ten­tion as well as the abil­ity to go global. The prominent CV mak­ers at the fair were Tata Mo­tors, Ashok Leyland, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, JBM, Lo­hia Auto, SML Isuzu and oth­ers. CV ap­pli­ca­tion builders and key ag­gre­gate sup­pli­ers were the MG Group, Pin­na­cle, Cum­mins, Greaves Cot­ton and oth­ers.

Other than the OEM booths, and key ag­gre­gate sup­pli­ers, the expo this year had spe­cial zones to of­fer an un­con­ven­tional per­spec­tive, and draw a younger au­di­ence. Elic­it­ing the visit of 750 gov­ern­ment school chil­dren, the fair held a ses­sion on the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity. With a spotlight on ‘70 years of In­dian Au­to­mo­bil­ity’, an In­doGer­man joint work­ing group meet­ing at the fair delved upon the de­vel­op­ment of industrial syn­er­gies be­tween the auto in­dus­tries of both coun­tries. In the ‘Auto Trade Di­a­logue’, global in­dus­try ex­perts from China, Ja­pan, Ger­many, Italy, UK and Canada de­lib­er­ated upon the need to col­lab­o­rate for the de­vel­op­ment of driver­less, con­nected and au­ton­o­mous zero emis­sion ve­hi­cles. A job fair by the Au­to­mo­tive Skills De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil in as­so­ci­a­tion with SIAM is known to have of­fered a to­tal of 136 jobs in the field of au­to­ma­tion and auto an­cil­lar­ies. A del­e­ga­tion of State Road Trans­port Un­der­tak­ings (STUs) also vis­ited the fair. The 12th SIAM Styling & De­sign Con­clave 2018 got ex­perts to share in­sights on emerg­ing styling and de­sign facets of au­to­mo­biles. The con­clave also had par­tic­i­pants talk about sus­tain­abil­ity.

De­scribed as yet an­other mile­stone by Vishnu Mathur, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, SIAM, the Auto Expo 2018 brought to­gether the stake­hold­ers of the In­dian auto in­dus­try un­der one roof. Pro­vid­ing the right plat­form to the auto in­dus­try to show­case its jour­ney with com­pet­i­tive and world­class prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and fu­tur­is­tic con­cepts, the expo was vis­ited by over six lakh peo­ple. Held over six days, the fair, in­au­gu­rated by Anant G. Geete, Min­is­ter, Heavy In­dus­tries & Pub­lic En­ter­prises, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, was a suc­cess. Turn­ing out to be a plat­form for the fe­lic­i­ta­tion of the auto in­dus­try for sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment in its en­deav­our to build sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity, the fair, the union min­is­ter dur­ing his speech ex­pressed, has be­come a place that brings to­gether the en­tire au­to­mo­tive fra­ter­nity. Hint­ing at OEMs in­vest­ing ever more in tech­nol­ogy and smarter ways of work­ing, the Auto Expo 2018, in part also un­der­lined the gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tion to en­cour­age cleaner and less pol­lut­ing mo­bil­ity medi­ums. It was not lost on the in­dus­try stake­hold­ers how­ever if it would be only elec­tric­ity or other equally ef­fi­cient medi­ums of en­ergy. Zero tailpipe emis­sions af­ter­all is not the only ob­jec­tive!

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