The 13th edition of the Delhi Auto Expo kicked off in style with all the major automakers revealing their best wheels in India.
Here are the updates of the day as they came in:
6:00 PM: Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar unveils the new 7-series premium sedan to be priced at Rs 1 to 1.5 crore. Also, the 2016 facelift of BMW X1 was launched.
5:40 PM: Virat Kohli and Alia Bhatt launche the hot sports cars Audi RS7 and R8
5:30 PM: Nissan launches ICC World T20 special editions of Terrano and Micra.
4.30 PM: The new Toyota Innova is already being sold in Indonesia, and India will be the next market to get it. Toyota also unveiled the all new Innova Crysta at the motor show.
3:30 PM: Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar is at the Auto Expo.
2:00 PM: Renault unveils their latest product for the Indian market, the Sport RS 0.1
1:30 PM: Volkswagen India launches Ameo, their plugin sedan Passat GTE, and their compact premium crossover model Tiguan.
1:00 PM: Mercedes reveal their GLC300
12:30 PM: Katrina Kaif steps up to help reveal Jaguar’s latest model.
11:45 AM:Ranbir Kapoor comes on stage to help showcase Hero’s concept bike, the Duet e-scooter.
11:30 AM: Suzuki shows off its latest Gixxer model.
11:15 AM: Miami-based bike manufacturer United Motorcycles Global shows off their Renegade Commando.
10:45 AM: The latest iteration of Chevrolet’s iconic Corvette model is revealed at the pavilion.
10:35 AM: Chevrolet’s pavilion boasts the supercharged 2016 Camaro.
10:30 AM: Italian superbike brand DSK Benelli launch their latest bike, the DSK Benelli TRX 502.
10:15 AM: Honda reveals their new bike and scoot at the Expo, the Honda Navi
10:00 AM: General Motors unveiled two new cars at the Auto Expo 2016, Chevrolet Beat Activ and Essentia.
9:30 AM: Hyundai unveils the SUV Tucson
Hyundai Motors India Limited (HMIL) showcased the 3rd generation Tucson premium compact SUV at the Auto Expo 2016.
The new Tucson is expected to arrive in showrooms across India after June 2016. It will be locally assembled at the company’s plant in Chennai with CKD kits from Korea.
Hyundai, which sells SUVs like Creta and Santa Fe, also showcased a concept of a sub-4 meter SUV called HND-14. The concept, which will make it eligible for reduced excise duty, will be the entry-level model for Hyundai to complete its range in the SUV segment. HND-14 will be positioned below Creta and complete the SUV line up of the company with Tucson. Tucson is to be slotted above Creta.
9: 00 AM: Maruti unveils compact SUV Vitara Brezza
India’s flagship biennial automobile show, the Auto Expo, kicked off on Wednesday with the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India unveiling new compact SUV ‘Vitara Brezza’.
Vitara Brezza is among the first of a new range of products in which the company’s Indian engineers have played a bigger role in designing and development as parent Suzuki looks to enhance its base.
The model will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, besides being pitched against Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta which are priced in the range of Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Vitara Brezza is the second of the 15 new models that MSI will launch in the next five years as it aims to sell two million units annually by 2020. MSI has already said that starting with the compact SUV, it will pay royalty to its parent Suzuki in rupee instead of yen for all new models. The move is expected to result in an average royalty rate of 5 per cent of net sales as compared to 5.6 to 6 per cent for the existing models, which are paid in yen.
The first two days of the 2016 Auto Expo is open to media and business visitors and will be opened for public during February 5-9.