The Auto Expo is an automotive show held in New Delhi biennially. It is the world’s second largest and Asia’s largest motor show attracting huge crowds with each passing year. Pragati Maidan is the venue where the expo is held and is jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry with the assistance of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association. This year's edition of the Auto Expo is however going to be held at two separate venues. This time around, Greater Noida shall be the epicentre of the Auto Expo Motor Show while Pragati Maidan shall host the Auto Expo Component Show.
Auto Expo History
The idea behind the Auto Expo was conceived way back in the year 1985. The debut showcasing took place in 1986 wherein the Auto Expo was a window to technology showing how the Indian Automotive Industry was opening vistas to new technologies. This also proved to be a major turning-point as the Indian market was open to absorbing new technologies while at the same time promoting indigenous development and research. The 9 day show in 1986 was inaugurated by Rajiv Gandhi.
Previous edition: 2012
The 11th Auto Expo was held from 5th January-11th January 2012. The first two days of the event was reserved for VIPs and media persons. The formal inauguration took place on the 6th and the event became open to the general public 7th January onward. It saw 1500 participants from 23 countries. There were 50 new car launches, 10 of them being global launches and 20 two-wheeler launches. As a part of the event, Ferrari and Peugeot showcased their line-up for India for the very first time.
Auto Expo 2014:
The Motor Show this year is planned to be held at Greater Noida (India Expo Mart) from the 7th till the 11th of February. The Component Show of the same event is scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan from the 6th to the 9th of February. Tickets for both can also be purchased online.
Those looking for lodging options during the course of the event have a plethora of options to choose from. New Delhi is home to some of the finest hotels in the country that exemplify top-notch hospitality and luxury co-existing in harmony. Irrespective of whether you seek business or leisure, Delhi’s hotels ensure that you have a pleasant stay.
Some of the hotels in the capital city are the perfect blend between architectural genius and aesthetics. This is owing to the fact that Delhi has a major history that is reflected in the facades of these buildings. The architecture of some of the hotels has also sought inspiration from Buddhist stupas!