The 13th edition of the Delhi Auto Expo, also known as the India Auto Expo overseas, is just around the corner. Here’s all you need to know about Asia’s biggest motoring carnival, to be held in the Capital this week.
The biennial Delhi Auto Expo is divided into two sections. The first is the Motor Show, which will feature the latest cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles brought out by nearly 1,580 global brands. It will be held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida from February 5 to 9, 2016.
From February 4 to 7, The Components Show will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It will enjoy the participation of more than 900 industry majors, showcasing new vehicle components and tools with a focus on the latest trends in motoring and automotive technology.
First launched in 1986, the Auto Expo has been held 12 times over a span of 30 years by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, and the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India. While the first show was a domestic convention of automobile industry brands and experts aimed at putting the Indian auto industry in the second gear, it has assumed massive proportions over a period of the three decades. Not bad for an event that featured just 152 exhibitors in its first episode.
How does it matter to India
Once in every two years, Delhi glows on the world motoring map as major automakers, connoisseurs, enthusiasts and buyers gather in the Capital to see their dream cars turn into reality. The auto expo provides a major boost to the Indian economy, which is set to become the third-largest market for vehicles by this year. Although not as technologically advanced as the Tokyo, Geneva or the Detroit motor shows, the Delhi Auto Expo is known to focus on transportation options for the common man in major markets. While everyone looks forward to the exclusive supercars and dream rides showcased at the event, most launches are intended for mass production – witnessing great success across global markets, including India.
Keeping up with the trend of commoners’ transportation and growing aspirations, the 2014 theme ‘Mobility for All’ has been retained.
What’s in it for motorheads
Here are some of the 80 launches everybody is awaiting with bated breath:
Ignis – New small hatchback, close to Kwid and Eon
Vitara Brezza – Premium crossover, to be priced above S-Cross, against Creta, Duster, Terrano
Baleno RS – Sportier version with a new one-litre booster engine, against VW Polo, Fiat Abarth Punto, Hyundai elite 120N (to be launched)
New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Premium sedan starting Rs 14.68 lakh
Chevrolet Spin - MUV – Against MS Ertiga/ Honda Mobilio/ Renault Lodgy
Elite i20N – Sportier variant with 1.4 litre engine with 114PS, 160Nm
Santa Fe facelift – Premium family SUV
Tuscon - To fight with Honda CR-V, priced between Creta and SantaFe
New Elantra - Debuted at Frankfurt Motor Show to be priced around Rs 15lakh
Mahindra & Mahindra
KUV100 – They love to call it mini-SUV, stacked against Hyundai Grand i10 and MS Swift
New XUV500 – A 6-gear auto version expected
BR-V - Compact SUV based on Brio’s platform with design cues from Mobilio
New Accord – Facelift with a petrol hybrid variant
Ameo – Compact sedan to compete with Swift Dzire, Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze
Passat GTE – premium sedan with expected estate wagon option
Tiguan – Premium crossover
New 2016 Beetle – Cuter hatch, now with more engine options and power
Zica – Good, fresh hatch from Tata, pricing will decide the fate
Hexa – Family SUV, unlike the confused crossover Aria, concept was unveiled at Geneva Motor Show 2015
Innova facelift – More aggressive stance. Forget the taxis, this is for king-size families
2016 Fortuner – Boss on the road and off the roads too
Kwid - Automatic and a one-litre variants likely
Duster facelift – Renault’s game-changer to get a new face
X-trail facelift – Still looking for some attention
GT-R - Nissan’s showstopper will be launched in India, expected to be @ Rs 1.5-2 Crore as a completely built unit (CBU)
GLC – C-class based premium family car
S-Class Cabriolet – Convertible sports with a high ‘oomph factor’
Maybach S 600 Guard – Premium armoured sedan with customisation options
Mercedes AMG F1 W06 Hybrid – For racing enthusiasts
Mustang – The all-American muscle car is finally in India
Bikes at the Expo
DSK Benelli - TNT300 and TRK502
Triumph - Bonneville range
Yamaha - YZF-R3, MT-03, and India’s love R15’s update 3.0
Honda - Navi, PCX150, CRF 1000L tourer
TVS – Apache RTR200
BMW - G310R
If you’re a movie buff, check out John Abraham’s Hayabusa or the Ariel 350 of Sholay’s “Yeh dosti…” fame in the Bollywood pavilion. Also, there are plenty of options for the “forever-hungry” visitors.
Schedule and tickets
How to get there
Keeping the notorious Delhi traffic in mind, the organisers have advised visitors to take the Delhi Metro. While Pragati Maidan is the closest metro station to the components show, the Botanical Garden metro station on the Blue Line is where you should step off for the motor show. Shuttle services have been arranged from the stations to the venue.
The media preview will be held on February 3 and 4
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