Raipur, Mar 13:
The biennial automotive show Auto Expo-2018 will kick off on March 16 (Friday) with new models slated to be unveiled till March 19.
The 6th edition of the Auto Expo, organised by RADA (Raipur Automobile Dealers Association) will take place at Government Science College Ground, Raipur.
About 55 dealers of two wheeler, car, tractor and commercial vehicle will showcase their products at the expo. In addition to this 10 used cars and 4 construction equipments and 45 companies associated with automobile trade such as finance, insurance, tyre-tube, battery, lubricants etc. are also participating in the expo, said Manish Singhania, President, Raipur Automobiles Dealer Association and Amar Parwani, former president, RADA while speaking to the scribes here. Chief Guest of the function Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will inaugurate the expo. Bollywood actress and Big Boss fame Karishma Tanna will also grace the inaugural function. Ford’s new Mustang priced at Rs 85 lakh and Mahindra’s electric vehicle e2o will be unveiled at the expo. In addition to this Toyota will launch Yaris, Honda X-Blade, Hero Passion Pro, Passion Xpro, Supra mini truck, Tata Hexa new model, Tigor, tourist AC bus and swachh bharat vehicle will also be launched.
Automobile companies will launch attractive offers. Stunt show, Mega Fashion Show, Local Band show, quiz, fire show, food court will be the major attractions of the expo. They said that this time not only the dealers but also associate companies are participating in the expo as a result the number of stalls has reached above 100. The last two days of expo coincides with Navratri festival as a result customer can purchase the new vehicle on auspicious occasion. FADA president John K Pal will be present specially at the expo.
Some of the major participants would be two wheelers – Hero, Bajaj, TVS. Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Royal Enfield, Vespa, KTM and UM. Four wheelers – Maruti Suzuki India, Mahindra, Hyundai Motor India, Honda Cars India, Tata Motors, Volkswagen, Skoda, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ford Motors, Commercial Vehicle – Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra, Piaggio, Sml Isuzu, Eicher Motors and Force Motors. In tractor division companies like Swaraj, John Deere and among others will showcase their products. For the first the Used Car segment in which Maruti Suzuki True Value, Mahindra First Choice, Honda Auto Track, Tata Motor Assured are participating in the expo Nevertheless, the organisers have been upbeat that there will be an increase in the number of footfalls to 2- 2.5 lakh this time.
Around 1.5 to 2 lakh people visited the show during the last edition. Last year the expo earned a revenue of Rs 200-250 crore and we expect revenue of Rs 300-400 crore this time, the duo said.
The platinum sponsor of the expo is IFFCO Tokio, bronze sponsors are Chola Mandalam Finance, United India Insurance Company and Mahindra Finance. EQ Bank, Magma Finance and HDFC Bank are associates. RADA Secretary Vivek Garg, Treasurer Ravindra Bhasin, Auto Expo 2018 organising Committee president Jayesh Pithalia and other office bearers were present.