These car makers will not take part in the Auto Expo 2018 - The Financial Express

These car makers will not take part in the Auto Expo 2018

Volkswagen Group and GM will not participate at the 2018 Auto Expo. New car manufacturers such as Kia and Peugeot are expected to offset the loss.

By: | Updated: May 30, 2017 3:23 PM

Auto Expo is held every two years in India, which is organised by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and business chamber CII at Greater Noida. Every year, most car manufacturers in the country participate in the auto show and display their new, concept and special vehicles for the audience.

The 2018 Auto Expo will also be held at Greater Noida in the month of February next year and will see many automakers showcasing their production and concept stage vehicles. However, it is said that Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda will not participate in the Auto Expo next year. The reason stated by the car manufacturers is that they don't get any investment returns as well as the effectiveness of participations as it is held on the outskirts of central Delhi which is 25-30 km away. This led the car maker to reconsider its decision to take part in the auto show. Volkswagen Group also said that they will hope to join the Auto Expo in the country in 2020, but will depend on the brand's promotion strategy, reported ET Auto.

The mentioned Volkswagen brands are expected to be joined by Nissan, Royal Enfield, Bajaj Auto, Ford and General Motors (GM). For GM, the reason is likely due to its announcement of the decision to withdraw Chevrolet from the domestic car market in India by 31st December, 2017. There are some other companies too that are considering to not participate in the Auto Expo 2018 but requested their names to not be disclosed till a concrete decision is taken.

Talking about the 2016 Auto Expo, car manufacturers like Skoda, Bajaj Auto, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) (BharatBenz and Fuso), Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson skipped the auto show. In fact, Royal Enfield did not participate at the 2014 Auto Expo as well.

New entrances in the Indian auto market like Kia Motors, a South Korean automobile manufacturer, SAIC-owned MG (Morris Garage), a British sports carmaker (opened its office in New Delhi), SWM Motorcycle, an Italian-based motorcycle brand and Peugeot that will make its entry into the country with CK Birla Group are expected to make its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, filling up the gap created by the absence of other companies.

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