Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Delhi Auto Expo is being held at a time when the automobile manufacturers are under pressure amid rising concerns over pollution, specially in Delhi-NCR, where diesel SUVs and cars with engines above 2,000 cc have been banned following a Supreme Court order.
Some of the major participants would be Maruti Suzuki India, Mahindra, Hyundai Motor India, Honda Cars India, Tata Motors and Audi, among others.
New participants include Jeep, Polaris, and Italian motorcycle maker Benelli. Some companies have also given it a miss citing high costs and low returns on investments.
These include Bajaj Auto, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson. Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj yesterday said it is too expensive to participate in the biennial show and wasteful to create expensive concepts.
Nevertheless, the organises have been upbeat that there will be an increase in the number of footfalls to 7 lakh this time.
The biennial automotive show Auto Expo kicked off today at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida with over 80 new models slated to be unveiled in the next two days.While the first two days are open to media and business visitors, the expo will be open to the public from February 5 to 9.