Domestic giants show futuristic concepts : Auto Expo 2018

Nupur Pradhan
Thursday, 8 February 2018

With 22 manufacturers showcasing their product line-up, the 14th Auto Expo this year witnessed the unveiling of over 65 products and 14 launches. This year’s highlights were electric vehicles and hybrids.

Greater Noida: With 22 manufacturers showcasing their product line-up, the 14th Auto Expo this year witnessed the unveiling of over 65 products and 14 launches. This year’s highlights were electric vehicles and hybrids.

Maruti Suzuki began the show with the global premiere of Concept Future S and also showcased e-Survivor Concept - EV design concept and a working model of next-generation Suzuki Hybrid Systems (HEV). The eagerly awaited and widely loved all new Swift was launched in a glittering ceremony. 

Honda unveiled the second generation Honda Amaze along with fifth generation Honda CR-V and the 10th generation Honda Civic. In the biggest and most awaited news in the auto industry, the Hyundai-owned Korean carmaker Kia, finally made its India debut by unveiling the SP Concept and showcasing 16 models from its global portfolio. Hyundai Motor India Limited launched the 2018 Elite i20 and unveiled its global EV - Ioniq. 

The H5X Concept and 45X Concept made its global debut in an extensive display of passenger as well as commercial vehicles by Tata Motors this year, which also happens to be the 150th year of the Tata Group. In the EV segment, the Tata’s displayed six EV products including the Tiago EV, the Tigor EV and the Racemo EV - India’s first two-seater sports Coupe by TAMO.

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar made a grand entry and unveiled the Tata Intra in the commercial segment.

German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz in its aggressive avatar as No 1 in car sales in luxury segment launched the Mercedes-Maybach S-650 and showcased the unique E-class All-Terrain and the futuristic EQ Concept.

Mercedes-Benz’s closest competitor BMW showcased alongside MINI and BMW Motorrad for the first time in India. Sachin Tendulkar created a flutter of excitement as he unveiled the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. 

The all-new BMW M5 was launched and the next generation BMW X3 and the all-new BMW i8 Roadster were also unveiled.
MINI India unveiled the next-generation all-new MINI Countryman which will be locally produced at BMW plant in Chennai. Toyota Kirloskar Motors unveiled the sedan version of Toyota Yaris for the Indian market and French manufacturer Renault revealed the Renault Trezor - all electric Grand Tourer concept which stole the show.

India’s EV pioneers, Mahindra and Mahindra in its ‘Future of Mobility’ showcase, displayed their entire range of electric vehicles, including concepts and technology. TUV Stinger, India’s first convertible SUV, was also unveiled. SsangYong Motor’s bestseller G4 Rexton will be launched in India under the Mahindra badge and a new brand name. From a two-seater to a bus, M&M is leading the way in bringing complete electric solutions in their range.

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