For an Indian petrolhead, the Auto Expo is no less than an event that goes on for days and keeps us on toes, heavy with anticipation and excitement of new launches and reveals. The last iteration of the Auto Expo was held last year and the next Expo is currently scheduled to happen from 2nd – 9th February 2022 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. But now, SIAM, Auto Expo’s governing body has made it official that it has now been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic and the revised schedule will be decided by the end of this year.
Safety of Exhibitors, Visitors and all stakeholders involved and present at the Expo is the topmost priority for SIAM. It is in this context that the Indian Automobile Industry and SIAM recognise the inherent risks in organising the Auto Expo due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and the apprehensions of a possible 3rd Wave. There is uncertainty around how COVID-19 would develop in the coming months and at the same time organising Auto Expo would need a lead time of preferably a year. Also, Auto Expo is like a festival of celebration, for the Indian Automobile Industry and we look forward to receiving maximum people with no fear of the spread of infection.
The magnitude of the risk of spread of infection is extremely high in a B2C show like Auto Expo which is visited by large crowds and maintaining social distancing would be difficult. It has therefore been decided to postpone the Auto Expo – The Motor Show for now. The exact date for the next edition of Auto Expo – The Motor Show would be finalised later this year keeping in view the Covid situation and in alignment with the OICA Calendar of global Auto shows.
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While it is a major blow to the Indian petrolheads, this step should be deemed necessary looking at the current scenario of our nation as we are anticipating yet another wave of the deadly virus. But we believe that we will bounce back and we will get to experience the next iteration of the Auto Expo in all its glory. Until then, stay home, stay safe and let us bring you the latest updates from the automotive industry right on your screens!