The Auto Expo 2016 opened to the public on Friday and thousands of enthusiasts turned up with family and friends to see what the latest motor toys were. Here was a chance to ogle at machines like the Mustang and Corvette aside from classic chrome Indian bikes, and many did. Most were also seen taking selfies, posing with their favourite bikes, cars and the model presenters.
If you haven’t taken the long drive out to Greater Noida where the expo is being held at the India Expo Mart, we give you a lowdown of what it’s like. Highlights of day 1 of the public exhibition:
Organisers said close to 79,000 turned as the Auto Expo opened its pavilions to the public after two days of press conferences and business meetings.
Reaching the India Expo Mart
There were a few traffic snarls reported around 11 am when the expo opened and in the evening by 5pm when the day ended. However, connectivity via Delhi Metro and shuttle bus services from Botanical Garden station reduced the bumper-to-bumper jams that usually is the case.
Visitors from all across India
Engineering students from Gujarat, business delegates from Maharashtra, “petrolheads” (as many of the car and bike lovers preferred themselves being called) from Bengaluru and researchers from Chennai universities, those in attendance were from all walks of life. Many of them had a clear agenda for the day, like “just to see Mustang”, “only for Jaguar XE”, while others came for just an experience. Bureaucrats from the government also came in numbers and showed interest in eco-friendly vehicles like buses, which could be the next big innovation in public transportation for smart cities.
Anil “Jhakkas” Kapoor attends
While the press previews on Wednesday and Thursday saw major car launches and celebrities unveiling marquee products, Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor was the only celeb who made it to the expo for promotions in the Maruti Suzuki pavilion. Model and actress Gul Panag also visited various pavilions and also got a selfie clicked with the American muscle car Ford Mustang, which makes its India debut this year.
Biking stunts enthral
Stunt bikers Fumitaka Nozaki and his team members stunned the audiences with their flip and somersaults. All-terrain rides, crossovers and SUVs also flexed their muscles on stunt sets.
If you are one of those with no keen interest in automobiles, live music performances, radio jockeys and anchors hosting contests will keep you entertained. You can count on even winning a few gift hampers. Other activities like street plays by NGOs to create public awareness about traffic rules and safety were performed, which are likely to continue on other days as well.
If you’re heading there this Saturday and Sunday, watch out for the weekend crowd. Organizers expect as many as 1.5 -2 lakh people on each day, and the cumulative figure at the end of five public days will touch 7 lakh, organisers have said. It would be best to use the metro till as far as possible to avoid being stuck in a noisy, uncomfortable traffic jam.
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