Narendra Jijhoutia and Arpit Soni from Greater Noida: The world’s second-largest auto show ‘Auto Expo 2020‘ has started with a media event on Wednesday morning in Greater Noida. After this two-day event, the expo will open for the general public. Also during this period, the country’s largest company Maruti-Suzuki first showed a glimpse of their first electric-car Futuro-e on the theme of ‘Mission Green Million‘.
Media personnel from around the world have arrived at the expo for event coverage, though fewer people have come from China due to fear of coronavirus. The event organizer SIAM has stopped the arrival of new delegations from China due to this and only Chinese employees who are already present here are participating, but they are also seen applying masks. This time, 9 big companies like Ford, BMW, Toyota, Audi, Jeep, Volvo, Lexus and Honda have not arrived at the expo. However, companies like Great Wall Motors and MG are coming here from China for the first time.
Futuro-e has SUV look, fully designed in India: Suzuki’s Futuro-e is a four-seater, which means there will be a seating area of 4. Right now its initial price is being said to be 15 lakh rupees. The company has introduced it in gray metallic color and the body is quite sleek.
Speaking on the occasion, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO of the company said that Futuro-e has been completely conceptualized and designed in India. It is the first car to have an electric SUV type coupe and hopes that it will bring a new trend in the design of electric vehicles. It has a roofline slope while the tyres are large with arches giving it a sporty SUV look. We are bringing smart hybrid, CNG and electric vehicles to India to reduce carbon emissions, Ayukawa said.
This is the 15th edition of Asia’s largest automobile show in terms of visitor footfalls with a plethora of auto companies, start-ups, telecom, alternate fuel, electric vehicle and social media firms participating at the mega event. The show features more than 15 start-ups, telecom, alternate fuel, electric vehicle and social media firms.
“Auto Expo 2020 would see a showcase of different technologies related to clean vehicles, safe vehicles, electric vehicles and connected vehicles,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Director General Rajesh Menon said.
“This Auto Expo is beyond just showcasing of vehicles and will also focus on the new paradigms of mobility like connected cars, electric cars, and alternative fuel.”
Segment-wise, the start-up section of the show displays technology solutions for green mobility and services connected to the automobile industry.
Furthermore, Reliance Jio and FaceBook are also present at the event along with 15 new technology start-ups.
Lately, telecom operators have entered the segment to provide connectivity to internet-enabled cars and Jio will be showcasing embedded SIM technology for the automobile sector.
Facebook will host a town hall discussion and will also be holding other events.
Others such as Lithium-ion battery and charger manufacturers, along with tyre firms will also be present at the auto show.