Auto expo hits the throttle with 51 launches

Auto expo hits the throttle  with 51 launches

 India’s flagship automobile show, Auto Expo, kicked off on Wednesday, as 51 new products made their debut, with Bollywood celebrities, including Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor, along with sportstars Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, adding to the glamour quotient.

Keeping with the theme of ‘mobility for all’, the expo opened with car market leader Maruti Suzuki unveiling its much-awaited compact SUV Vitara Brezza, while a host of hybrid and electric vehicles from different manufacturers represented technologis of the future.

The show, jointly organised by SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), ACMA (Automotive Components Manufacturers Association) and the Confederation of Indian Industry, will be opened for public from February 5-9.

“At the Auto Expo you will see a lot of vehicles, which are covering the underlying theme of mobility for all. At the same time, you will see a lot of electric and hybrid vehicles and many new launches,” SIAM President Vinod Dasari said.

With the expo being held at a time when automobile companies have come under the scanner due to rising concern over pollution, Dasari said: “The auto industry has always been saying it (vehicles) should be safer, greener. Whatever are the norms, auto industry will meet and you will see the auto industry showcasing products which are far ahead of regulations.”

Toyota displayed its range of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, including the Mirai hydrogen car. German auto major VW showcased its plug in hybrid Passat GT and Hyundai displayed it fuel cell electric model Sonata FCEV.

General Motors announced Chevrolet Essentia and Chevrolet Beat Active for India. Hyundai unveiled its SUV Tucson, while Honda Cars India took the cover off its SUV BR-V for the first time in India. Toyota Kirloskar Motor drove in its all-new Innova Crysta.

In the luxury segment, JLR launched its Jaguar XE sports saloon priced at upto Rs 46.5 lakh, while Audi launched the new R8 V10 Plus.

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