Thursday, 22 December 2011

Auto Expo may lose tag of Second largest auto show, One lakh visitors-a-day limit set

2012 Auto Expo has restricted the entry of the visitors to One Lakh visitors a day for the upcoming show organized in New Delhi.  The Show till now has been the second largest auto show across the globe after Shanghai Auto Show held at China.

Rajive Kaul, chairman, steering committee, Auto Expo 2012, said, “Based on the feedback after last year's expo, we have decided to limit the number of visitors. On a given day, 100,000 people would be allowed inside the venue, Pragati Maidan, of which 70,000 will be general public. We want to make it more convenient for those visiting the show.”

The Auto Expo 2010 had 1.2 million footfalls. The organisers had then claimed it to be the second-largest visited auto show, globally after the Shanghai Motor Show. Into its 11th edition with the curbs in place, the Delhi Auto Show is unlikely to have more than 0.60 million visitors

Attendance of the general visitors will be restricted to 70,000 a day, reserving the rest of the slots for the 1,500 participants from 24 countries and other officials. Nearly 60 new cars, bikes, buses and trucks will be launched at the upcoming show, however, doubling the launches from the previous edition.

The highlights include 24 new cars to be unveiled by domestic companies and eight by global players, besides eight two-wheelers by Indian manufacturers such as Hero MotoCorp and Bajaj Auto. The all-new BMW Mini, Maruti Ertiga MPV, Ford Ecosport, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen UP! are among the big ticket launches that the industry is awaiting.

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