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Mean machines grab eyeballs at Noida auto expo

It was nothing short of a carnival for the ‘motor-heads’ on Friday at the auto expo as they swooned over the newly launched cars and motorcycles of reputed automobile companies.

noida Updated: Feb 09, 2018 22:32 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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From classic German cars to hi-tech Japanese models, the Auto Expo 2018 motor show has as many as 97 automobile companies, research facilities and institutes participating in it.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The Auto Expo 2018 motor show opened to public on Friday afternoon. Thousands of Noida and Delhi-NCR residents, along with automobile enthusiasts, got an opportunity to see some of the best mean machines from the country and around the world.

From classic German cars to hi-tech Japanese models, the Auto Expo 2018 motor show has as many as 97 automobile companies, research facilities and institutes participating in it.

It was nothing short of a carnival for the ‘motor-heads’ on Friday at the auto expo as they swooned over the newly launched cars and motorcycles of reputed automobile companies.

“This is my first auto expo and, I must confess, that I am overwhelmed by the presence of the latest cars and motorcycles that I could only dream of. It was an enthralling experience to interact with other motor enthusiasts,” Satvik Dutta, a student of Kirori Mal College of Delhi University, said.

Among the leading automobile companies taking part in the event is Honda, which unveiled as many as 11 new models at the auto expo.

“India is the largest motorcycle market for Honda and it now contributes almost one third of our global motorcycle sales. By providing more advanced models with segment leading features, we are providing better quality at a reasonable price and will help transform customer expectations into reality,” Takahiro Hachigo, president, CEO and representative director, Honda Motor Corporation Limited, said.

Another leading automobile manufacturer, Renault, showcased its new model ‘Renault TREZOR’, an all-electric grand router concept car.

“The transition to electric cars is inevitable in India and it is a great opportunity for the automotive industry. It is time for the government to put in place a clear policy, time frame and necessary infrastructure to the enable automobile industry,” Sumit Sawhney, country chief executive officer, Renault India Operations, said.

Maruti Suzuki launched its all new ‘Swift’ and showcased a ‘concept future S’ and ‘e-Survivor’ cars, which are battery-run vehicles equipped with autonomous driving facilities.

“We are actively studying the factors that will improve the acceptance of electric cars and what consumers across the country desire from it. We are also exploring various options to support vehicle charging infrastructure in India,” Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said.

INSET:

Three cars catch fire in parking lot

A freak fire accident engulfed four cars in the parking lot of the Knowledge Park area in Greater Noida.

Three cars — Honda Amaze, i10 and Swift — were engulfed by flames while a fourth car — Maruti Ertiga — had its rear-view mirror destroyed. According to sources, the fire began when an unknown person threw the burning butt of a bidi or cigarette in the parking lot, which had some crop residue. The fire began with Honda Amaze and soon spread to the nearby cars.

“The fire began at 4.08pm with the Honda Amaze and it was doused within 15 minutes. We are trying to ascertain the reason behind the fire,” Hansraj Bhadoriya, fire station officer, Greater Noida, said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 22:32 IST