Delhi Auto Expo opens to public
Delhi Auto Expo opens to public
Updated on Saturday, January 7, 2012, 23:57

New Delhi: Auto Expo, the biggest auto-extravaganza was opened for the general public on Saturday. The organisers have decided to restrict the number of people present inside the venue to one lakh daily, including 30,000 people from the exhibitors` side, a move that could cost the Delhi Auto Expo its tag of being the world`s second-largest auto show in terms of footfalls.

The 11th edition of the Auto Expo began on Thursday and will go on till January 11. Tickets for the ongoing Auto Expo 2012 are sold at 26 stations of the Delhi Metro from Saturday, an official said.

"The sale of tickets for the general public will start this weekend. Cost of the tickets for the weekend will be Rs.200 and Rs.150 for weekdays," a Delhi Metro official said.

The stations where tickets for the Auto Expo are available are Jahangirpuri, Vishwavidyalaya, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, HUDA City Centre, Vaishali, Anand Vihar, Noida City Centre, Pragati Maidan, Barakahamba, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Janakpuri West, Moti Nagar, Uttam Nagar East, Dwarka Sec-9, Mundka, Badarpur, Govindpuri and Lajpat Nagar.

Tickets for the business hours (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) are sold only at the Pragati Maidan Metro station for Rs. 500.

The 11th Auto Expo had kicked off on Thursday with the country`s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki unveiling its compact SUV XA Alpha as the company aims to enter into newer segments.

The latest edition of Auto Expo will witness as many as 50 global brands showcasing their products. The event will witness the unveiling of 24 cars by domestic companies and eight by global players, besides eight two-wheelers by homegrown firms."India is on course to become one of the top automobile economies of the world, powered by the middle class and continued government support. Customers will become more and more sophisticated.

A good number of variants and new models made their debut on the second day of the Auto Expo 2012, but the glitz and glamour was a bit faded compared to the opening day.

The only Bollywood star today was actress Gul Panag, who unveiled US off-road vehicles manufacturer Polaris` new products. Yesterday, an array of celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and John Abraham added to the glitz.

The major highlight was the country`s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp`s first concept hybrid scooter. It is the first major technological breakthrough that the homegrown firm has achieved following its separation from Japanese partner Honda.

The crowded second day also saw car market leader Maruti Suzuki India foraying into the multi-purpose vehicle segment with the unveiling of seven-seater Ertiga, which will go on sale by March this year.

Auto major Tata Motors said it plans to enter new global markets such as Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Bangladesh with the `Nano` within a year, as well as launch a CNG version of the car in the domestic market.

The company also said it plans to invest Rs 3,000 crore on capacity expansion and various product development activities next fiscal.

The second day was, however, marred by poor crowd management that pushed reporters to the backseat as a stream of general public visitors flooded the venue.

Journalists, who have come here in large numbers from different parts of the world to cover one of the most prestigious trade shows in India, were visibly upset with the level of mis-management on the part of the organisers -- CII, SIAM and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India.

With Agencies Input

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