The next edition of the country’s leading auto show, the Auto Expo, will be held from January 13-18 next year, canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last edition of the biennial auto show took place in February 2020 amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus around the world.
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It was scheduled to take place in Greater Noida in February this year, but was postponed due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation.
“The Motor Show (Auto Expo) will be confirmed from January 13-18, 2023 at India Expo Mart Greater Noida. January 11 is exclusively for the media; January 12 is the inaugural ceremony and for the media, special guests and dealers,” says Rajesh Menon, director general of the Society of Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), against PTI.
On the other hand, while the Auto Expo was to be held in Greater Noida, the auto components show would take place in the revamped Pragati Maidan complex.
In a statement released last August, Menon had noted that the magnitude of the risk of spreading infection is extremely high in a business-to-consumer (B2C) show like the Auto Expo that is attended by large crowds and involves social media. distance is kept. would be difficult.
That is why it has been decided to postpone the Auto Expo The Motor Show for the time being, he said.
Menon had noted that the safety of exhibitors, visitors, and everyone involved and in attendance at the Auto Expo was a top priority for SIAM.
In this context, the Indian auto industry and SIAM recognize the inherent risks of hosting the Auto Expo due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a possible third wave, he said last year.
The Auto Expo 2020 saw a total of more than six lakh visitors.
The country’s flagship auto show had witnessed about 70 product launches and unveilings, 352 product displays from 108 exhibitors.
The Covid-19 situation has largely improved across the country in recent months.
According to data shared by the health department on March 17, Delhi reported 144 cases of COVID-19 and one fatality, while the positivity rate was 0.39 percent.
Including the latest reported cases, the national capital’s number of cases rose to 18,63,345, while the death toll rose to 26,144, the health bulletin said.
The city had registered a 30.6 percent positivity rate on Jan. 14, the highest during the ongoing wave of the pandemic.
Amid a drop in the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the number of patients in home isolation here has fallen significantly in recent weeks.
The increase in COVID-19 cases in Delhi during the third wave of the pandemic was largely due to the Omicron variant of the virus, which is highly transmissible.
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