Last year the automobile industry saw the worst ever slump in the past couple of decades. The steep dip in sales caused a stir among the top car manufacturers causing deep cracks in the pillar of the economy of the country. Companies had to layoff many employees in order to cut down losses. Plants saw no production days stretching almost equal to a month. All this has led to some companies keeping a distance from the biennial auto show, The Auto Expo 2020. Let’s see which companies won’t be visible this time.
Toyota | Is this it?
The Japanese automaker is the fourth largest manufacturer in India when it comes to sales. But the company seems to have hit major roadblocks last year. The sales saw a decline of nearly 30%. If rumours are to be believed, the company is also going to hand over one of its plant at Bidadi to Maruti Suzuki. All this has led the company to not attend the expo as the cost of showcasing will add to the decline in profits. But Toyota is still prepping for a revival of sale numbers this year. Yaris facelift, Vellfire, Raize compact SUV, and Corolla Hybrid are up for a launch this year but not at the Auto Expo 2020.
Honda | Seems like a rough year for Japanese Automakers
Another Japanese automaker seems to have been hit by the degrowth of the automobile industry in 2019. Honda won’t be showing off its offerings at the Auto Expo 2020. 2019 took a toll on profits of the company. Although Honda, like other manufacturers, is going to reveal a few facelifts as well as new models this year. Honda Jazz is going to get a facelift in 2020 and next-Gen City which was expected to be launched at the Expo but now we’ll have to wait for the launch. Honda E, which was expected to be seen as a concept will also be missed.
Jeep India | Wake me up when Auto Expo Ends!
The American SUV maker won’t be making an appearance at the event either. Though this does not mean that Jeep won’t be selling in India anymore. The automaker is going to expand its line-up in India. Jeep Compass had a decent sales record in the country due to its competitive pricing. It is also expected to launch a full-sized SUV as well as sub-compact SUV as this segment has seen a boom in the market even when other segments were brought down to knees.
Ford India | Will it GO FURTHER?
The American multinational automaker has got nothing to show to the customers this year thus it can be said that the decision of not to be at the Auto Expo 2020. The car manufacturer has not revealed any plans for any India-bound cars in the near future. Let’s hope that the company reveals something exciting in the next edition of the show.
Audi | Four Rings not coming at all
The German luxury and sports carmaker, Audi’s decision to not come at the Auto Expo 2020 comes as a surprise as it has never missed the event. Though Audi India has also got a line-up of cars available for the customers this year. It is expected that the company will launch E-Tron which will the first luxury electric vehicle of the country. Other luxuries such as A8 and Q3 will also get upgraded this year. Adding cherry to the cake, Audi also released a teaser showcasing Audi AI.
BMW | Is there anything left to see at Auto Expo?
Everyone was expecting to see futuristic concepts by the German automaker BMW. But like others, this expectation will not be met at the Auto Expo 2020. It was expected that the 2 Series Gran Coupe which is coming to India to be showcased at the event. But all the hopes came crashing down when the automaker said it will skip the show this year.
Volvo | Et tu Bruté?
Why is every other luxury brand skipping the event which used to be studded with luxuries? The Swedish luxury automaker has also decided to not show up at the event. Volvo recently revealed XC40 electric worldwide which could have been a showstopper at the event as India has started to shift towards a green mobility future.
Jaguar Land Rover | Above & Beyond Auto Expo 2020
If you were expecting to see some offerings from the British automaker, it will be sad news for you to know that JLR won’t be able to make to the event this time. Seeing the electric theme of the Expo, it was expected that JLR would reveal the i-Pace electric SUV at the show. But again, disappointment made its way faster than the Jaguar.
Lexus | Not even luxury, Toyota?
The Japanese carmaker, Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus is also not going to showcase any cars at the Expo. Seems like Toyota is giving up on the Indian market for some time. Lexus LC500h is also going to be revealed in India this month. I would rather say that Toyota has switched to making less noise and doing more work.
Citroen | Je Ne Viens Pas?
Were you able to crack what the title read? No? Well, the Auto Expo was not able to crack Citroen too. The French automobile manufacturer was expected to make an entry into the Indian market through Auto Expo 2020. But the consumers will have to wait till the next year when Citroen will start with C5 Aircross in the country.
This year’s Auto Expo will be based on mobility but it seems that most of the companies thought of it as just a money-wasting show that will just drain profits earned in this economic distress. Few foreign companies such as Great Wall Motors, Kia, MG Motors, Haima are going to showcase new rides for the customers. Will you be visiting the Expo this year? Let us know in the comments section below.
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