The biennial Auto Expo is back. The 12th edition of the Indian automobile sector's marquee event will open for industry on February 6 and for the public a day later, and will run until February 11. The expo, to be held in Greater Noida, comes at a time when the auto sector is going through a rough patch. In a bid to generate enthusiasm and boost sales, companies will launch 20 new vehicles at the event and showcase more than 50 automobiles for the first time in the country. Here's a sneak preview of some vehicles that will be unveiled at the show.
BMW will showcase the i8 hybrid sports car, the M6 Gran Coupe sports car and the new X5 sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The German auto giant will also launch the 3-series Gran Turismo and the Mini John Cooper Works. Also on display will be all the significant models from its BMW and Mini brands.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
General Motors India will showcase two of its most iconic muscle cars, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Camaro in addition to its big SUV, the Trailblazer. Besides, it will be launch a facelift version of the Beat hatchback.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The South Korean company's focus will be on its sub-four-metre sedan, which we expect will be based on the Grand i10 hatchback. To attract global media attention, the company will launch the car a couple of days before the start of the Auto Expo. Hyundai's new Santa Fe SUV will also make its India debut at the expo.
Mercedes concept GLA
Mercedes-Benz will showcase two cars it is expected to launch in India - the striking coupe-like CLA small sedan based on the A-class and the concept that spawned the GLA small SUV. Also on display will be the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car and the armoured version of the M-class.
Czech carmaker Skoda-Auto will launch a facelift version of the Superb sedan and display its upgraded and refreshed SUV, the Yeti.
The star of the Renault stall will be a world premiere which the company is tight-lipped about. The company will launch the new Koleos SUV and also showcase the new Fluence sedan. It will also launch a limited edition version of one of its existing cars.
The emerging-market brand from Nissan will be one of the big talking points at the Auto Expo. Apart from the launch of the Go hatchback, which will pose a serious challenge to the Maruti Alto, there will be the Go+ multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) on display as well as the world premiere of the new SUV-concept based on the Go platform. The SUV is expected to be launched later in the year and will complete the Go family of vehicles comprising a hatchback, an MPV and an SUV.
The main attraction of the Nissan display will be the GT-R in its GT500 racing avatar. But of interest to the public will be the launch of the Sunny sedan facelift.
BIKERS' DELIGHTSTREET 750
Indian bike lovers no longer focus just on fuel efficiency and affordability. They also want more power, performance and better styling. A look at a few mean machines to be showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo.
Harley-Davidson, the US bike giant, will launch the India-specific Street 750 at the expo. Based on a brand new platform, the Street 750 will be Harley's bread and butter in India. The bike will be made in India, so expect a tempting price tag. The Street 750 is powered by a V-twin 749cc liquidcooled engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Apart from the 750, Harley will also display four custom bikes based on the Street platform.KTM RC200
KTM will showcase the RC200 and the RC390. These are essentially fully faired versions of the Duke 200 and Duke 390, which is already sold in India. These performance bikes will be costlier and come loaded with features. KTM is also likely to display the bigger and beefier Duke 690 and 1190.
DSK Hyosung will launch the GV250, which looks like a fullsize cruiser but is powered by a 250cc engine. It will also display the RT125D and the GD250N. The RT125D is powered by a 13.5bhp, 124cc engine. The GD250N comes packed with muscular styling and a load of attractive features.
Preview courtesy: Auto Bild India