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Next Auto Expo may be split

With the dual strain of managing logistics and working in coordination with various organisations showing on them, the organisers of the Delhi Auto Expo on Monday — the last day of the 10th edition — said the fair may be split into two or moved out of Delhi altogether, reports Sumant Banerji.

autos Updated: Jan 11, 2010 21:23 IST
Sumant Banerji

With the dual strain of managing logistics and working in coordination with various organisations showing on them, the organisers of the Delhi Auto Expo on Monday — the last day of the 10th edition — said the fair may be split into two or moved out of Delhi altogether.

The Expo that was billed as “world’s biggest automotive exhibition” hit a new low on Sunday when Delhi Police officials stopped stage shows and confiscated motorcycles in the name of crowd control. The organisers — Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Automotive Components Manufacturers’ Association were clueless.

“This has become a very big show and the obvious solution right now appears to be to either move this out to another place or split it into two or three expos," said Dilip Chenoy, director general, SIAM. "We have to look at it in the light of what happened on Sunday."

A split may cause heartburn, but is a necessity, said Chenoy.

"One solution would be to have a separate show for cars and bikes and another for components and commercial vehicles," he added.

In Germany, for instance, Frankfurt and Hannover Auto Shows are held alternately, the former for passenger cars and motorcycles and the latter for commercial vehicles.

For the 2012 Auto Expo, the number of participants is bound to go up further with fresh additions in the form of Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, Proton, Ducati and Triumph.