Mahindra, Honda And Mercedes-Benz Among Top Carmakers Who Will NOT Be At 2023 Auto Expo

Published On Oct 27, 2022 06:54 PM By Sonny

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The auto show format seems to be losing interest among both attendees and presenters alike

Mahindra and Mercedes at Auto Expo 2020

Most automotive exhibitions have been on hold since the pandemic struck in 2020, but they’re starting to make a slow return. The Auto Expo is India’s biggest auto show and it is coming back in January 2023, after the 2022 edition got postponed. However, it will have even fewer stands than before with many brands giving the event a pass.

The biggest brand missing from the 2023 Auto Expo will be Mahindra, one of the leading homegrown carmakers when it comes to producing rugged and lifestyle SUVs. It already showcased its vision for an electric lineup at an earlier event and will be hosting individual events for the launch of the XUV400 EV and the five-door Thar.

Mahindra Funster Concept

Japanese icon Honda is also giving the upcoming Auto Expo a miss, likely focusing its marketing activities on the highly anticipated launch of its new mass market SUV for India later in 2023. We will not be treated to any of its global models like the Honda e or its cool concepts.

Another surprise absentee will be Mercedes-Benz, the most popular luxury automotive brand in India. It has presented a line of both entry-level and top-end performance models at previous shows, even when most other luxury car brands in India had rolled back their participation. One of its main rivals, BMW, will also be missing the next edition of India’s biggest auto show.

Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

It seems like there will be barely any German automotive representation at the 2023 edition of the Auto Expo with the Volkswagen Group also giving it a pass. That includes both Skoda and Volkswagen, along with the likes of Audi and Porsche. 

The other big, mass market auto conglomerate in India, i.e., the Renault-Nissan Alliance, is also not expected to be present at the next Auto Expo. While Nissan is said to be absent, Renault is also unlikely to have a presence at the show. The French brand’s collection of cool concept cars will surely be missed.

Renault at Auto Expo 2020

Other notable brands not attending the 2023 expo include Jeep, Citroen and Volvo. While the Swedish marque’s absence is somewhat understandable following the big launch of the locally assembled XC40 Recharge, we’d hoped to see the Stellantis brands showcase some of their current and future hits.

However, the 2023 Auto Expo is not going to be full of empty halls. Those who attend the event can expect a plethora of displays from brands like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Tata, MG and more. Stay tuned to CarDekho for more updates on the 2023 Auto Expo.

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