Indian Auto Expo 2023 (1): EVs and Passenger Vehicles

Indian automotive industry leap towards electric mobility and SUV segment



  India's most prestigious and largest automotive exhibition, Auto Expo 2023 - The Motor Show, was held from January 11 to January 18, 2023, at the India Expo Mart exposition and convention center in Greater Noida. The first two days were exclusively reserved for the media (i.e., Press Days). The Auto Expo 2023 occupied a total area of 235,000 square meters of exhibition floor space, with the leading vehicle manufacturers utilizing a total of 64,000 square meters of total indoor built-up exhibition space. The Motor Show had a turnout of 636,743 visitors, which is the highest-ever visitor turnout experienced at the Auto Expo.

  The Motor Show, Auto Expo, is one of the most popular automotive exhibitions in India and to date jointly organized by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). It was held after a gap of three years since the Indian Auto Expo 2020 was held in February 2020. As one of the recent market trends in India, the majority of the automotive OEMs displayed and launched their electric vehicles at the event. The event was dominated by Indian, Japanese and Korean OEMs, with BYD Co. Ltd. of China participating for the first time in the event. Several venture company start-ups also presented their upcoming products to be launched to market.

  At the exhibition, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, buses, three-wheeler, two-wheeler were exhibited in ICE (internal combustion engine), electric as well as alternate fuel technologies such as hydrogen, and ethanol. Over 70 manufacturers in all powertrain categories exhibited their best-in-class products developed using the most advanced technologies. This year's edition of the Auto Expo also featured more than 30 pure (all-electric) EV manufacturers (in all categories), including major product contributions from start-up companies.

  The event was kicked off with the launch of Maruti Suzuki's Concept Electric SUV eVX. Maruti Suzuki also launched the Fronx, and the Jimny SUV in the event. The world's largest automaker Toyota displayed its latest technology and its luxury brand Lexus launched 5th generation RX. Tata Motors presented multiple products in the electric vehicle, CNG and ICE segments with the unveiling of the Avinya concept, Harrier.ev, Sierra.ev, CURVV, Altroz iCNG, Punch iCNG, etc. It also presented two new gasoline engine-powered models. Kia presented the KA4 (Carnival) two ton MPV and its concept EV9 model at the event, while Hyundai presented its IONIQ 5 electric SUV. China's BYD unveiled the Seal and ATTO 3 models. MG Motor displayed its next-generation Hector, the MG eHS Plug-in Hybrid, MG 4, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell MPV - EUNIQ 7 as well as other models at the event. Other product OEMs also presented their battery and fuel cell technologies at the event.

  This report covers the new launches and major products exhibited by passenger car OEMs at the Auto Expo 2023 event. The second report in the series will introduce electric motorcycles, while the third report will introduce commercial vehicles.

Auto Expo 2023 Tata Motors
Auto Expo 2023 Tata Motors pavilion
Tata Motors Kia Motors
MG Motor pavilion Kia unveiled Concept EV9

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