Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018, kicked-off yesterday at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida exuding a positive outlook. This year’s edition has generated a lot of anticipation and exhilaration as it embraces the ambitious goal of making a transition to future of mobility. More than 22 upbeat manufacturers showcased a strong product portfolio for the coming year which will not only set the tone for FY 18-19, but will also provide stimulus for a promising and inspiring year ahead. Star highlights were electric vehicles, hybrids and vehicles that run on fuel cell technology and depicted the future of mobility.
Kia that has announced its foray in India, unveiled the striking new SP Concept, which made its public premiere at Auto Expo 2018 along 16 global models. Renault, showcased TREZOR, an all-electric grand tourer Concept Car. Renault also showcased ZOE e-Sport Concept, the Formula One Racing Car, R.S. 17 and the complete Indian range led by the newly launched CAPTUR and KWID. Hyundai Motor India Limited, the country’s second-largest manufacturer of passenger vehicle launched the new 2018 Elite i20 and unveiled its Global EV, IONIQ. The company also showcased technological advancement in electric and hybrid technology with global technological marvel IONIQ.
TATA in the passenger vehicle segment as part of its two-architecture strategy, two attractive innovations made their global debut with ‘H5X Concept’ and the ‘45X Concept’.
Mercedes-Benz kick-started its product offensive with the launch of Mercedes-Maybach S 650 and showcased the unique E-Class All-Terrain and the futuristic Concept of EQ. Toyota Kirloskar Motor today, unveiled Yaris – to mark its entry in the highly competitive B-Segment in India. Mahindra and Mahindra displayed its widest ever Electric Vehicle (EV) portfolio, showcasing the UDO Concept, Treo, e-Cosmo and first of its kind 380 Volt powertrain. BMW India Pvt Ltd launched the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the sixth generation all-new BMW M5, which were launched by Sachin Tendulkar today. The all-new MINI Countryman was unveiled today at the Auto Expo and would be locally produced at the BMW Group plant in Chennai.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd today unveiled its most extensive product line-up of 11 new models. Leading from the front was Honda’s brand new 160 cc motorcycle X-Blade along with 10 exciting 2018 editions (6 domestic models and 4 global fun bikes). India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd announced the launch of its super sports bike YZF-R15, a 155 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-Stoke, fuel injected engine. India Kawasaki Motors Pvt Ltd, a new entrant to this edition of the Auto Expo launched the special edition Ninja H2 SX SE for the Indian market. TVS Motor Company Ltd launched CREON, a next-generation electric motor scooter; TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol, an ethanol-powered motorcycle and TVS Zeppelin, a 220 cc futuristic motorcycle cruiser concept.