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Auto Expo 2018: From Hyundai i20 Elite to Honda Amaze, all top car launches on first day

The opening day of the 14th edition of the Auto Expo 2018 saw a long list of new launches and unveilings at Greater Noida’s Indo Expo Mart. Some of the top names included Hyundai’s new i20 Elite, Honda’s Amaze and CR-V, Tata Motors’ H5X, and many more.

AutoExpo2018 Updated: Feb 07, 2018 20:41 IST
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Suzuki's Survivor concept on display at Auto Expo on Wednesday. (PTI)

The 14th edition of the biennial Auto Expo which opened for media preview in Greater Noida’s India Expo Mart on Wednesday, saw a slew of launches and unveilings on the opening day. While the show kicked off with the global premiere of the Maruti Suzuki’s Concept Future S, South Korean giant Kia Motors announced its entry in the Indian market with the unveiling of its SP Concept car. Other big names on the first day included launches and unveilings of Tata Motors’ H5X concept and 45X, Hyundai’s new Elite i20, Renault’s Trezor Concept, the second-gen Honda Amaze, Mercedes Maybach’s S650 and S560, and BMW i8 Roadster, among others.

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More than two dozen vehicle launches and about 100 unveilings are scheduled during the expo, which will close on February 14. While Maruti Suzuki India will launch the new-generation Swift at the expo, nearly 50 electric and hybrid vehicles will also be unveiled at the event. Tata’s new hatchback, X451 was also launched on the first day. The expo opens for the public on February 9.

Here’s a list of all the top cars that were launched on the opening day of the expo.

Maruti Suzuki Concept Future S

Kenichi Ayukawa, CEO of Maruti Suzuki, CV Raman, Head Research and Development, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, and Randhir Singh Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, pose with the Future S concept. (REUTERS)

The country’s largest carmaker unveiled the Concept Future S, which Maruti Suzuki says will redefine the compact vehicle design in the country. “Compact is the natural choice of India’s car customers,” said Managing Director and CEO, Kenichi Ayukawa.

Maruti Suzuki will continue to pursue Make in India and will launch its first electronic vehicle in India in 2020, according to Maruti Suzuki India CEO Kenichi Ayukawa.

Maruti Suzuki's Survivor concept car. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The e-SURVIVOR Concept, an EV design and working model of the next generation Suzuki Hybrid system, was also showcased; it is a concept for a compact SUV.

Honda’s three new cars

The new Honda Amaze and CR-V at the expo. (PTI)

Honda unveiled the second-generation Amaze, the fifth-generation CR-V and the 10th-generation Civic — all set to be launched in FY 18-19. Honda said it was committed to the Indian market and announced that it would launch six models in the coming three years.

KIA makes India entry

Kia Motors’ SP SUV Concept car after its launch at the expo. (REUTERS)

KIA announced its entry into the Indian market by introducing its global models and unveiling the SP Concept.

Renault’s EV push

Renault's electric concept car ZOE e- Sport. (PTI)

Renault unveiled the Zoe, a mini electric car and the Trezor, a two-seater electric concept. The company said the transformation towards electric vehicles was inevitable in India, adding that it was “awaiting a government policy on research and development before taking a long-term strategic decision.”

The new Hyundai Elite i20

Hyundai’s i20 Elite after it was unveiled at the expo on Wednesday. (PTI)

Hyundai’s Elite i20, launched on Wednesday will come with three-year/100000km warranty and three-year roadside assistance. The prices for the petrol variant start at Rs 5.35 lakh and the diesel variant at Rs 6.73 lakh.

Tata Motors’ design philosophy for the future

The newly launched Tata H5X. (AP)

Tata Motors unveiled two concept cars — the H5X and the 45X — while also showcasing six electric vehicles in its 25-vehicle line-up. The electric versions of Tigor and Tiago were unveiled, while a fully electric bus and an EV race car RaceMo were also lined up.

Mercedes-Benz’s luxury offering

The Mercedes Benz stall at the expo. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz launched its Maybach S 650 and showcased the Concept EQ as it spoke about its commitment to electric vehicles in India. The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650 will sell at Rs 2.73 crore onwards. The S560 is priced at Rs 1.94 crore. The new E-Class All-Terrain was also announced.


The Toyota Yaris sedan at the launch at the expo on Wednesday. (REUTERS)

Toyota unveiled the much awaited Yaris that is expected to compete with the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The sedan will be launched later this year.

The Toyota Kirloskar Motor MD said: “We see high market potential with growing population of Indian middle class families aspiring for more advanced features, safety, space, luxury, style and comfort.”

Mahindra’s G4 Rexton

Mahindra and Mahindra unveiled its flagship SUV, a rebranded version of the G4 Rexton that will be sold under the Mahindra brand in India. Mahindra also showcased its electric KUV named the eKUV.

The company’s concepts — UDO and Atom — were also unveiled. The UDO, the company says, is neither a motorcycle nor a car, perfectly suited for mobility. The Atom is a mass mobility vehicle aimed at last-mile connectivity.

An EV platform named Mesma was also displayed that is meant to be a modular concept that can take many shapes and forms.

“There will have to be a new expo on the future of living,” Anand Mahindra said while unveiling the vehicles.

Sachin’s 6

Former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar poses with BMW 6GT M Sport during its unveiling at the expo. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The new Mini Countryman was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018 and will be made in India. It will be available in three variants — two petrol and one diesel. Deliveries for the care will start later this year and test-drives begin at its showrooms in the next two weeks.

The BMW i8 Roadster on display at the expo. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

BMW India unveiled the i3s and i8 Roadster. The i3s has an all-electric range of up to 280km and the i8 Roadster has a 55km all-electric range. The open-top, two-seater i8 Roadster goes from 0-100kmph in 4.6 seconds and will debut in India later this year.

The all-new BMW X3 and BMW M5 were also unveiled. The M5 can be booked starting Wednesday at Rs 1.44 crore.

‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar made an appearance for the final launch of Day 1 of the press preview of the Auto Expo, the Series 6 Gran Turismo. The car is priced at Rs 58.9 lakh and can be booked starting Wednesday. The BMW India head, Vikram Pawah, called the car ‘Sachin’s 6’.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 20:40 IST