The 2021 Seoul Mobility Show, the nation’s biggest motor show, raised the curtain for a 10-day run at KINTEX in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Nov. 26.
About 100 companies and institutions from six countries specializing in areas such as automaker brands, parts and mobility participated in the motor show.
The 2021 Seoul Mobility Show was hosted by the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show Organizing Committee and supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Goyang City and KOTRA.
Among dignitaries on hand on a ceremony to open the fair were Chairman Chung Man-ki of the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show Organizing Committee, MOTIE Vice Minister Park Jin-gyu, KAIST President Lee Kwang-hyung, and President Lee Hwa-young of KINTEX.
Chairman Chung Man-ki of the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show Organizing Committee gives a speech at a ceremony to open 2021 Seoul Mobility Show. (Photos: KAMA)
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Chairman Chung of the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show Organizing Committee said, “The Mobility Industry, focusing on automobiles, is expanding to areas, such as UAM, robots and drones, and it will likely be popularized into the Mobility as-a Service (MaaS).”
On the back of the emergence of platform businesses in diverse areas and overall innovation, he said that the value of the car sharing service market is predicted to surpass 3.3 trillion won around 2040, according to KPMG Korea.
“Seoul Mobility Show will be reborn anew to a way the technology innovation of the industry ecosystem can be spurred,” Chairman Chung said.
The show will shift its focus from internal combustion cars to diverse mobility, from B2C to B2B, and from automakers to technology, he added.
Participating in the automaker brand sector are Korean three brands - Kia Motors, Genesis and Hyundai Motor - and foreign seven brands, including Audi, BMW, Isuzu, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini and Porsche.
Automaker exhibitors released 24 new cars, including one that will premiered in the world and five others premiering in Asia. They also showcased new technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cell batteries, EV platforms, AI infortainment systems, digital side mirrors and vehicular semiconductors.
In his commemorative speech, MOTIE Vice Minister Park said, “Our industry community and the government will have to make extraordinary efforts to become a first mover to lead the future mobility industry.”
The government will not spare efforts to provide policy support to make the Korean auto industry a first mover amid an eco-friendly and digital transformation paradigm shift, and it will finance 400 billion won in R&D support annually, and reinforce it to secure core technologies of future cars, such as EVs, hydrogen cars and self-driving vehicles, Park said.
Seoul Mobility Show is the nation’s sole auto show, certified by OICA (International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers).
Seoul Mobility Show, which made its debut in 1995, is being held biennially. In October, the committee changed the name of the Seoul Motor Show to Seoul Mobility Show.
About 20 exhibitors in the mobility sector include Daechang Motors, Master Motors, Blueshark, SK Telecom, EV KMC and Club No.1. Five exhibitors in the mobility life sector will partake in the show.
They displayed AI-based infortainment service, EV charging services for homes using photovoltaic power, EV charging platforms and vehicle rental services and mobility care services.
The Incubating Zone, which was introduced by the committee during the upcoming show was created by the Korea Technology and information Promotion Agency for SMEs (TIPA) and KAIST.
The zone targeted startups. Startup exhibitors, such as Gotcha, Vestellalab, SsenStone and Coconut Silo have participated in the show.