Auto Expo 2016: Major Auto Makers Including Daimler India, Bajaj Auto to Miss Mega Event
Published On Feb 01, 2016
More than half a dozen auto makers have decided to opt out of India's largest motor show, the Auto Expo 2016, which is just a week away. The list includes major players such as Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield, car makers Skoda India, International Cars & Motors Limited (ICML) and others.
Florian Lauden, Corporate Communications Head, Daimler Trucks Asia, expressed his concerns, saying, “The Indian Auto Expo is heavily focused on two wheeler and passenger vehicle segment. Being a commercial vehicle manufacturer, our focus has been customer centric and in the past we have always used our own event formats. For example, the BharatBenz Premier in Hyderabad (2012) and Premier II in Chennai (2015), BharatBenz Yatra to name a few. This allows customers a complete touch and feel experience of our products.” Bajaj Auto has decided to quit the local event, preferring to showcase its products only at the global arenas. Eric Vas from President Bajaj Auto said, “We are not participating in the upcoming Auto Expo. Our current priorities are little bit different. Going to any auto expo takes a lot time of people. Whatever we have delivered in 2015, we want to deliver it in 2016.” Eicher Motors, the owner of the Royal Enfield marque had not taken part in previous editions, and will be forgoing this edition as well.
Around 65 major companies are taking part in the Auto Expo 2016, but only 38 of them are expected to exhibit products. The event will include industry giants such as Ashok Leyland, Isuzu Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, SML Isuzu, Tata Motors, VE Commercial Vehicles, Polaris, Abarth, and passenger vehicle makers like Honda, Hyundai, Ford, Fiat, BMW, Audi India and others.