The Auto Expo is back after a 2-year gap and is now open to the public. The participation in this expo has taken a hit due to major slump in automobile sales as well as the prevailing threat of Coronavirus. However, visitors will be turning up in huge numbers for the expo.
For those wanting to extract the most out of the event, here’s a list of automobiles and brands that should be in your ‘must visit’ list:
Mahindra & Mahindra
Starting with one of India’s biggest auto manufacturers, Mahindra & Mahindra showcased a host of new cars that may become a part of their electric vehicle line-up. The company proved its commitment to EVs by launching a production ready Nexon EV.
At the Auto Expo 2020, the company displayed the eKUV 100, which the they claim will be one of the cheapest electric cars to launch in India. They also showcased the electric eKUV 300.
The concept Funster is also hard to miss in the Mahindra pavilion. A small but important addition is another concept called Atom. The e-vehicle is built to replace auto rickshaws on Indian roads.
The big attraction at the Hyundai stall is the all new Creta. This is the first major upgrade of the car since its launch in 2015. The Hyundai Tucson has also received a facelift and is on display at the expo. The Tucson as well as the Creta have received BSVI engines.
Volkswagen is trying to re-claim the auto market by introducing cars that matter to the Indian buyer. The German company has the new T-Roc, Taigun and Tiguan on display at the Auto Expo 2020. All three cars are SUVs that fit into different segments. The Race Polo is also an interesting car to check out.
Kia Motors has made long strides in the Indian market with just a single launch. The company plans to extend their growth further by launching the luxury MPV, Carnival. However, the showstopper at the Kia pavilion is the Sonet, a sub-compact SUV that will go against giants like Nexon, Brezza and Ecosport.
The company also displayed an interesting line-up of custom built Seltos X Line which shouldn’t be missed.
MG Motors revealed an ambitious line-up of 14 cars which also included the Marvel X, Vision-i Concept which gives a glimpse of a future that is not very farfetched. After the success of Hector, the company has planned an array of new generation cars that are well connected and feature rich. The stall is a must watch for people interested in technology on wheels.
Tata Motors is showcasing 26 new products at the expo. These include 14 commercial and 12 passenger vehicles.
The company unveiled its HBX SUV concept car, which is built on its ALFA platform, which also powers its recently launched Altroz premium hatchback, and is an electric vehicle.
The company also showcased its Sierra concept vehicle, which is again built on the ALFA platform.
India’s market leader, Maruti Suzuki was one of the first brands at the Auto Expo to reveal an electric concept car. Though the company is still being conservative about the commercial launch of these fully electric vehicles, they’re definitely planning their moves carefully. The Futuro-e concept car is a strong statement by Maruti and wonder to watch.
Other big attraction will be the Brezza facelift which was unveiled on Day 2 of the Auto Expo. The aesthetic upgrades are mild but the company has switched completely to petrol after just offering diesel engine variants since the launch of the sub-compact SUV.
Great Wall Motors
Great Wall Motors, China’s largest SUV maker, unveiled its Haval brand with H5, H7, H7X and H9. It has planned to invest around ₹7,000 crore for its India operations under a phased manner that includes investments made in acquiring General Motors’ Talegaon plant near Pune.
The manufacturer has shown promise in its home market and the products at display in India are a must watch for people planning to buy their next SUV.