Auto industry postpones Auto Expo Motor Show 2022 owing to coronavirus fear
In a first, India’s auto industry is postponing the Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2022 in view of the pandemic the uncertainty ahead, auto industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) said in a statement. Scheduled to be held from 2nd – 9th February 2022 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, the show is being postponed keeping in mind the safety of exhibitors, visitors, all stakeholders involved.
This is the first time that the industry body is postponing the bi-annual annual auto show since it started organizing it in 1986. India’s auto industry is not the only one to do so. Several marquee international auto shows have been postponed in view of the global pandemic.
“The Indian automobile Industry Siam recognises the inherent risks in organizing the Auto Expo due to the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic the apprehensions of a possible 3rd Wave. There is uncertainty around how COVID-19 would develop in the coming months at the same time organizing Auto Expo would need a lead time of preferably a year,” said Siam.
“Auto Expo, it added, is like a festival of celebration, for the industry the hosts look forward to receiving maximum people with no fear of spreading of infection. The magnitude of the risk of spread of infection is extremely high in a business-to-consumer show like an Auto Expo which is visited by large crowds maintaining social distancing would be difficult. It has therefore been decided to postpone the Auto Expo – The Motor Show for now, it said.
The exact date for the next edition of Auto Expo would be finalised later this year keeping in view the Covid situation in alignment with the OICA Calendar of global Auto shows, said Siam.