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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

A model life: Auto Expo's glam fix

While the money is good, car and bike girls at Auto Expo fear
While the money is good, car and bike girls at Auto Expo fear 'harrowing crowds' and misbehaviour. A model stands alongside the Renault concept KWLD motor-car at the 12th Indian Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (AFP Photo)
The models are paid anything from  Rs. 10,000-25,000 per day. A model sits on a TVS bike displayed at the 12th Indian Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (AFP Photo)
The models are paid anything from Rs. 10,000-25,000 per day. A model sits on a TVS bike displayed at the 12th Indian Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (AFP Photo)
Mostly college girls, the models are afraid the
Mostly college girls, the models are afraid the 'cross-border' crowd will make life difficult for them. Chevrolet 2014 Corvette Stingray is displayed at the 12th Indian Auto Expo in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (AP Photo)
The girls complain that people in the crowd ask for their numbers and ogle. A model poses on Piaggio scooter during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
The girls complain that people in the crowd ask for their numbers and ogle. A model poses on Piaggio scooter during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
The presence of models brings glam to the event which is all about jazzy cars and cool bikes. A model poses with a Vespa 946 scooter as visitors walk around during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)
The presence of models brings glam to the event which is all about jazzy cars and cool bikes. A model poses with a Vespa 946 scooter as visitors walk around during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)
Automotive firms tutor the girls about their company, the vehicles and other details. Models sit on scooters at the Vespa pavilion as a worker cleans the floor during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)
Automotive firms tutor the girls about their company, the vehicles and other details. Models sit on scooters at the Vespa pavilion as a worker cleans the floor during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)
The companies employ both foreign and Indian models. A model sits on a Rodeo RZ scooter at the Mahindra and Mahindra pavilion during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)
The companies employ both foreign and Indian models. A model sits on a Rodeo RZ scooter at the Mahindra and Mahindra pavilion during the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters)

Security for models beefed up as Auto Expo goes public

Auto Expo organisers deployed a string of private security guards barricading the exhibits in order to avoid any misconduct with models, with the event in Greater Noida being thrown open to the general public on Friday.

Skoda launches Superb at Rs. 18.9-25.2 lakh; Yeti on way

Czech carmaker Skoda, which has been stagnating in the Indian market largely due to a lack of new products, on Monday launched a refreshed version of its executive saloon Superb at a price of Rs. 18.87-25.20 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).

Five most expensive cars at the Auto Expo

BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes: the most glamorous names of the auto industry are at the India Auto Expo in Greater Noida, but you have to be a millionaire to buy their cars. If you can't buy, check out the price tag of the five most expensive cars at the expo. Full coverage: Auto Expo 2014

WATCH VIDEO: Cruise bikes galore at Auto Expo 2014

Bike lovers in for a treat as manufacturers roll out their latest wheels at the Auto Expo this year.

WATCH VIDEO: Red hot SUVs at Auto Expo 2014

Car frenzy goes to another level as companies showcase their latest in SUV range at the Auto Expo 2014.

Five best looking concept cars at the India Auto Expo

The future of motoring is on display at the India Auto Expo in Greater Noida: concept cars years ahead in design and features. Here are the top five concept cars from the expo! Five best looking bikes at the Auto Expo

Five best looking bikes at the Auto Expo

You are wearing a leather jacket, sunglasses, a smart helmet and are cruising down a highway on a bike. If that's your fantasy, we have bikes to recommend. Here are the five best looking bikes at the India Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Five most expensive cars at the Auto Expo

Models at Auto Expo prepare to face 'harrowing crowds'

While the young models are relieved that the venue of the show has moved from the city to the far-off Greater Noida and this will result in fewer visitors just for the sake of 'eye candy', they are also apprehensive the cross-border crowd may just pose more ­untowardly stares.

Auto Expo 2014: Hot wheels on day II

India's car makers and their global rivals put on a bold display of optimism and lined up a range of concept cars and new models on the second day of the 12th Auto Expo as they sought to put a year of sluggish sales behind them.

Companies scout Indian designers for that ‘concept’ vehicle

India is fast-emerging as the ‘transportation designers’ hub for both global and Indian auto majors. With demand for new concepts and designs growing in the market, every auto major, wants to showcase conceptualised and designed vehicles in India.

Maruti Celerio review: This gearless wonder is good to go

They are easy to drive, hassle free and practical for city driving, but somehow automatic or gearless cars have never taken off in India. They are supposed to be costly, slow off the mark and gas guzzlers. The Celerio may change all that, writes Sumant Banerji. Full coverage: Auto Expo 2014

It’s a girl’s life: Rs. 10,000-25,000 a day for smiling, posing for the cameras

Along with flashy cars and jazzy bikes stand gorgeous girls who bring glamour to the Auto Expo. Dressed in designer clothes and wearing heavy make up, their job is to smile and pose for countless cameras as photographers and visitors throng various pavilions.

A huge car market, but India’s safety standards lag world

The country’s five top-selling cars flunked a crash test recently, sparking a debate on whether manufacturers are undercutting safety requirements to keep vehicles cheap in a cost-conscious market.

Triumph launches new bike Daytona 675 at Auto Expo, price Rs. 10.15 lakh

Iconic British bike maker Triumph on Thursday expanded its product portfolio in India with the launch of 'Daytona 675' having a price tag of Rs 10.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida.

Maruti launches small car Celerio, prices begin at Rs. 3.9 lakh

Aimed at strengthening its position in the compact car segment, country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Thursday launched Celerio, priced between Rs 3.9 lakh and Rs 4.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Full coverage: Auto Expo 2014
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