According to a record attendance of over 6.36 lakh visitors, India’s premier auto exhibition Auto Expo 2023 has come to a successful conclusion, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers announced on Wednesday.
Due to COVID-19, the biennial auto show, which was initially slated to take place in 2022, was moved to this year instead, when 75 products were introduced and five global product premieres took place.
Press days were held on January 11 and 12, 2023, and general public days were held from January 13 to 18.
According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Vinod Aggarwal, “the event saw a turnout of 6,36,743 visitors, which is the highest-ever visitor turnout at Auto Expo.”
The focus of the programme was on decarbonization and sustainable mobility, with a particular emphasis on five initiatives: “Surakshit Safar” for road safety; “Jaivik Pahal” for promoting biofuel vehicles; “Vidyutikaran” for electrification of vehicles; “Chakriyata” for vehicle recycling; and “Gas Gatishilta” for gas mobility, he continued.
The traditional automakers represented in the event included Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Kia India, Toyota Kirloskar, and MG Motor India.
However, some significant automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, and Mahindra & Mahindra, along with luxury automakers Nissan, Volkswagen, and Skoda, did not take part in this edition.
In addition, major two-wheeler manufacturers including Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, and TVS Motor Co. could only be seen at the Ethanol pavilion where they had flex fuel prototype cars on show.
On the opening day of the show, electric vehicles stole the show as companies including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Tata Motors, and MG Motor displayed their futuristic products and pledged to invest in sustainable mobility.
On the second day of the expo, Suzuki’s famous five-door Jimny small SUV was also made public for the first time.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the exhibition three years ago, and it returned this year. The show kicked off with the global debut of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s concept electric SUV, or “eVX,” which is expected to debut in 2019.
In contrast, Hyundai Motor India unveiled its all-electric Ioniq 5 model in front of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan at an initial price of Rs 44.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the first 500 clients.
Another automaker, Kia India, also introduced the Concept EV9, an all-electric SUV, with intentions to invest Rs 2,000 crore over the following four years to increase its market share in the electric vehicle sector.
The centrepiece of Tata Motors’ presentation was the electric SUV Sierra, which is expected to hit the market in 2025, and the EV version of its mid-sized SUV Harrier, which is probably going to be commercially released next. Tata Motors is a prominent domestic automaker.
In addition to showcasing its two electric models—the MG4 hatchback and the MG EHS plug-in hybrid SUV—MG Motor India also introduced its high-end sedan, the “BYD Seal,” at the event.
Several manufacturers, including Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, VE Commercial Cars (VECV), and JBM Auto displayed clean technology vehicles in the commercial vehicles segment, including electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Google Says CCI copied and pasted it Android Anti Trust Policy
On Thursday, the Competitions Commission of India refuted Google’s claims that Indian investigators had “paste-bombed” portions of a European judgement against the US company for exploiting the dominance of its Android platform.
N Venkataraman, a government attorney arguing on behalf of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), told the high court, “We have not chopped, copied, and pasted.”
The remarks were made at a hearing in India’s Supreme Court, where Google is attempting to have the CCI decision blocked.
In court documents that were obtained by Reuters, Google claimed that the CCI investigative unit had “copied heavily from a European Commission judgement, employing evidence from Europe that was not considered in India.”
Google reported that there were “more than 50 instances of copypasting,” some of which were “word for word.” Requests for comment on the claim from the European Commission have gone unanswered.
For abusing its dominating position in Android, which powers 97 percent of smartphones in India, Alphabet Inc.’s Google was fined $161 million (approximately Rs. 1300 crore) by the CCI and instructed to modify the constraints placed on smartphone manufacturers with regard to pre-installing apps.
Google had contested the order, arguing that it would harm both consumers and its company, and that the expansion of the Android ecosystem would halt if the drastic measures were put into effect.