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One million people are expected to visit the exhibition

The theme of the 8-day expo is ‘Mobility for All’

It is likely to attract over 2000 exhibitors

CHENNAI: About 30 new vehicles, including the much-hyped R.s 1 lakh car from Tata Motors, concept car A-Star and Splash of Maruti Suzuki, sports utility vehicle Touareg of Volkswagen and compact car Jazz from Honda, are likely to be unveiled at the 9th Auto Expo 2008.

Indian auto makers – Maruti, Tata, Volkswagen, Ashok Leyland, Bajaj Auto, Force Motors, TVS Motors, Hero Honda and Yamaha – will compete with global manufacturers on a different turf (Pragati Maidan, New Delhi) for eight days from January 10 to 17. The theme of the expo is ‘Mobility for All’.

Being organised jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the expo is likely to attract more than 2,000 exhibitors, 41 vehicle manufacturers, 1,900 auto components, auto accessories and other manufacturers, spread over 1.20 lakh square meters.

Auto Expo 2008 will have sector focused pavilions such as accessories and car decor, alternate fuel/gas, diesel city, design, garage equipment, robotics and automation and infotronics. Besides, it will have 12 extra hangers and state pavilion. One million people are expected to visit the expo.

Talking to newsmen on Thursday, P.S. Rajamani, co-chairman, Manufacturing Competitiveness Sub-Committee, CII-Southern Region, said “Tamil Nadu is going to play a major part in the expo with 183 companies confirming their participation. There is also a special session to explain the benefits of doing business with Tamil Nadu. The State accounts for 20 per cent of the country’s two and four wheeler production, 33 per cent of commercial vehicles and 35 per cent of auto components.”

According to draft Automotive Mission Plan 2006-2016, India has set itself an ambitious goal to reach turnover of $145 billion by 2016 as against $34 billion turnover recorded in 2006. “Indian automotive industry is well on its way to realise its goal. However, we have to work hard,” he said.

To create awareness against the growing market for counterfeit auto parts products, major companies will take part in Asli Naqli show.