Get, Set, Ready for Auto Expo 2018

This year’s expo will have a major focus on promoting electric cars and vehicles along with other forms of technology.

Debdutta Mitra

Delhi: The upcoming Auto Expo 2018, New Delhi is just round the corner and various car and bike companies have been giving a teaser of what they are going to showcase in the expo. This year’s expo will have a major focus on promoting electric cars and vehicles along with other forms of technology.

Along with an extended range of six electric vehicles, in personal and mass mobility segments, Tata Motors will present 26 smart mobility solutions across its passenger and commercial vehicles along with a brand new premium hatchback, a light commercial vehicle and two new SUVs including the new face lifted Safari at the expo which is to be held from February 9-14. Last year, South Korea’s second largest automobile maker, KIA announced its entry in the Indian market with the Sorento SUV which has been caught testing on Indian roads many times and will make its first appearance in the expo.

 

Its rival automaker at home, Hyundai will showcase the i20 hatchback, the Ioniq hybrid sedan and the N performance sports car based on the i30 concept. However, its main attention will be on the new generation Hyundai Santro will share most of its design cues with the new Grand i10.

The world’s no.1 car manufacturer, Toyota will focus its attention to its new premium sedan, Vios which will compete with the Honda City and Suzuki Ciaz while its counterpart from homeland, Honda will showcase the new face lifted Amaze, Civic and CR-V.

 

Indian SUV manufacturer will be bringing in four new SUVs including a new 7-seater based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, the new Ssangyong Rexton, the XUV700 and the XUV500 facelift.

However many automakers such as Audi, Datsun, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Jaguar-Land Rover, Nissan and Volkswagen  will not be taking part in this auto expo and  the high costs associated with the expo has been cited as a reason for the same. While none of the manufacturers revealed the exact costs, it is understood that the tab for large exhibits can cross Rs 30 crore for eight days of the show. However the SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) denied any news of hike in the floor rates stating that the rate hasn’t changed since the last 6 years.  Even Volkswagen has also taken back its participation in global events in the aftermath of the emissions scandal and it will have its consequences at Auto Expo 2018 too.

The 2018 Auto Expo which is the 14th auto expo to be held in India which happens to be the largest in Asia and second largest in the world. It will be held from 9th – 14th February, 2018 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida