After the huge success of Commercial Vehicle Forum & Two Wheeler Forum, the organisers provided an opportunity for professionals associated with Passenger Vehicle Industry to come together and reflect on What’s Next?
Passenger Vehicle Forum (PVF), a unique independent platform for conversations around issues of top concern to senior executives across the entire PV Industry, saw immense support for and participation in its latest edition at The Leela in Gurgaon on 18 Dec 2018. PVF was successful in bringing together 250+ delegates, 40 industry leaders as speakers, and over 25 partners.
From Maruti Suzuki to Nissan, the stage was set with dignitaries, to share their knowledge at this prestigious platform. In fact, PVF is the only platform in the country which was successful in gathering more than 30 C-Suit speakers from the entire Indian Passenger Vehicle Industry under one roof for a day.
The event kicked off with a research presentation from Mr. Puneet Gupta, Associate Director Automotive Forecasting at IHS Markit. In his presentation, Puneet spoke about PV sales forecasts and key trends impacting the growth of the industry.
The subsequent Keynote Panel discussion focussed on the current state of the Indian Passenger Vehicle Industry and the way forward and featured industry stalwarts such as Mr. Pankaj Narula – Executive Advisor, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Mr. Hardeep S. Brar – Director & Board Member, Nissan Motor Corporation, Mr. Arun Malhotra – Former MD Nissan India & Auto Industry Expert, Mr. Nikunj Sanghi – President ASDC & Founder JS Fourwheel Motors and Mr. Jinal Shah – Regional Director South Asia Operations – Power Systems Research.
Amongst many thought provoking sessions during the day, the session on Connected Car laid immense emphasis on advanced telematics features that utilize car sensor data and driving behaviour. Mr. Nitin Nair, GM Connected Cars at Nissan Motor, spoke about customer preferences in a connected car and mentioned that most important to the customers are advanced safety and security features.
To do justice to the perplexing diversity of issues that confront the industry today, apart from the above sessions focussed on the PV Industry and Connected Cars, the event had many other engaging sessions focussed on Regulatory Trends impacting the PV Industry, Electric Vehicles and Shared Mobility. This was in line with the event theme of “Disruption is an Opportunity”.
Attendees to the event gave an extremely positive feedback with 96% reflecting that they would recommend their industry colleagues to attend the next edition.
The event was concluded with informal networking cocktail in the evening wherein delegates and prominent speakers and partners interacted with each other. Next edition of Passenger Vehicle Forum will be held in December 2019 in Gurgaon and basis the phenomenal response received for the inaugural edition, the organisers expect a gathering of over 300 delegates, 50+ speakers and over 50 partners.