The New Delhi automobile fair pulled out of initial chaos to end on a high note on Wednesday, averaging about lakh visitors a day as motor enthusiasts shrugged off complaints of mismanagement for a glimpse of greener vehicles.
"There has been quite a success with this edition of the auto expo," Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after his valedictory address.
The organisers of the weeklong 11th Auto Expo now plan to hold the motoring event, which saw about a dozen new electric and alternate fuel vehicles from domestic and international automakers, at a new venue in the national capital region in 2014 from February 5 through 12.
The fair, which is held at Pragati Maidan in the heart of the city, is notorious for causing long traffic jams and getting the city administration in a tizzy. This time, organisers drew flak from manufacturers for the swarming crowd that descended on the media preview days, upsetting plans and new vehicle launches.
However, the milling crowd later brought cheer to the participating automakers with positive feedback and confirmed bookings.
"It’s the largest auto show for Asia’s second-fastest growing market and the interest in new cars and products is bound to bring hordes of people to the venue and our stall," Maruti Suzuki MD and CEO S Nakanishi said, adding, "The Indian auto expo is rated as one of the top events in Suzuki’s global calendar and we would continue to make global launches in future too."