India hosts the ‘FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018’ for the 1st time

A Confluence of International Automotive Leaders & Experts in the 4 day Symposium

March 15, 2017, Chennai: The 37th edition of FISITA World Congress will be held in Chennai between October 2 and October 5, 2018, at the Chennai Trade Centre. The 4 day International conference is being organized by SAEINDIA and FISITA along with the support of SAE International. The theme of the conference will be ‘Disruptive Technologies for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility’.

India hosts the ‘FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018’ for the 1st time

India hosts the ‘FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018’ for the 1st time

India hosts the ‘FISITA World Automotive Congress 2018’ for the 1st time

Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Patron – FISITA 2018,  the 1st Indian to be awarded ‘FISITA Medal of Honour’ said,” Since 1947, the FISITA World Automotive Congress has been a forum for industry experts, engineers and executives to exchange ideas and discuss trends that will drive the automotive industry forward. We are proud to host the 37th edition of the FISITA World Automotive Congress in Chennai, India.”

Dr. Goenka further added, "Globally, the automotive industry is going through a period of disruption where new technologies and newer business models are being adopted that can potentially disrupt and change the existing order. In keeping with this theme of the conference, the age of connectivity, shared mobility and electrification is upon us. I strongly believe that India as a venue for FISITA 2018 is a recognition in itself, of the growing importance of the country in the global automotive space. By bringing together global experts, FISITA is offering us the right platform to look into the future which will be all about affordable and sustainable mobility”.

Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj, Chairman, FISITA 2018 Steering Committee mentioned “SAEINDIA (Society of Automotive Engineers) is the biggest affiliate of SAE International with a membership base of over 50,000 and have been associated with FISITA, the association of Automotive Societies across the world. The FISITA World Automotive Congress is a major global event for the automotive sector. SAEINDIA successfully bid to move the conference from developed countries to India. The rapid growth of the automotive industry in India makes it an ideal destination to host this Congress.”

Mr. N. Balasubramanian, Chairman, FISITA 2018 Organising Committee said, “This conference will attract the automotive fraternity in India & abroad which will include 500+ International delegates and over 1000 delegates from India. This conference would witness over 500 research papers in latest technology domain to define path for future automotive world. In addition, over 150 exhibitors are expected across the globe to showcase their technology products.”

Electric & hybrid vehicles, advanced driver assistance, autonomous driving, active safety, connectivity and infotainment are fast becoming the distinguishing features in the market. Software competency and capability are the primary prerequisites for automotive manufacturers. Further Disruptive Technology is emerging as an important part of Research and Development in the automotive industry. There is a need to be an integrated mobility service provider enhancing the value proposition to the end user. Finally, mobility is getting redefined as people are gradually moving from owning a vehicle to owning mobility. In this context, India is expected to play a major role to create disruptions and hence this conference is the need of the hour for the automotive world. Technical papers from experts pertaining to the theme are welcome. More info on FISITA 2018 will be available at


FISITA is the International network for automotive engineers, representing over 200,000 engineers in 37 countries; FISITA is a leading advocate for the education of young engineers, creating pathways for future talent through its established links with the industry. Established in 1948, FISITA provides a global platform for knowledge exchange between industry and academia. FISITA helps guide the future direction of the automotive engineering profession by contributing to the development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.


SAEINDIA is a premier professional society that serves the Mobility Engineering Community engaged in the design, manufacturing and service of self propelled vehicles and systems that move in Land, Air, Space and Sea. It has a glorious track record of 2 decades in service to the Mobility Industry. It has 5000 professional members and 60000 student members.

SAEINDIA is an individual member driven society with an objective to serve all the stake holders in the mobility industry by providing opportunities to add value to its members on a continuous basis. SAEINDIA is working closely with Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) for spreading knowledge and technical information to a wider cross section of the community. It actively supports Indian Government initiatives like Make in India, Skill Development Program and Digital India.
From L to R: Mr. K. Venkataraj, DDG, SAE India, Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj, Chairman, FISITA 2018 Steering Committee, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Patron – FISITA 2018 and Mr. N. Balasubramanian, Chairman, FISITA 2018 Organising Committee