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Auto Shows - Expo facto - Business Standard Motoring
Why you should be in Delhi in January. We preview the 9th Auto Expo. Audi
Audi's Indian strategy is to slowly introduce Indian assembled cars. Now, after the A6, the new A4 is next on the cards. Launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show three months ago, the company will showcase it for the first time in India at the Auto Expo. The new A4 will arrive with a turbocharged petrol 2000cc and a pressure-injection 2000cc diesel engine, with the first cars expected to roll out of Aurangabad in May. The other highlight will be their 2007 Le Mans winning R10 TDI, and Audi hopes to bring down one of their star drivers during the unveiling. BMW
The propeller-badged German brand has had an impressive first year in India and wants to round it off with a bang at the Auto Expo. The company will showcase the new M3 coupe, and the 414 bhp V8 powerhouse will be centre stage. BMW also plans to bring in the 3 Series coupe and convertibles into India, so expect them to be present as well. Apart from the rest of the current lineup on sale, expect BMW to sneak in the new Mini and probably the Mini Clubman as well, as it evaluates the car for an Indian launch in 2009. DaimlerChrysler India
DaimlerChrysler India is ready for a name change and will soon be re-christened Mercedes Benz India. But that's just the beginning, with the new C-Class ready for launch. The Indian version of the C-Class will have the same capacity engines as the outgoing C, except that the new cars now sport higher states of tune. The C200K will have over 175 bhp, with the C220 CDI making close to 170 bhp and a phenomenal 40 kgm of torque. The other highlights will be their current India range of the E, S and ML class as well as the SLK and even the CLS or CL sports coupes. GM
GM's best year in India will be backed by two stars at the Expo. One will be the new Captiva SUV and we expect the next new small car, the Beat concept, to also be present at the stall. The Captiva is GM's luxury SUV and features the diesel engine from the Optra Magnum, but with variable turbocharging and 150 bhp. The fully-loaded SUV is expected to take on the likes of the Honda CR-V. The Beat, on the other hand, is a concept that has been confirmed by GM for worldwide manufacture. The hatchback will be positioned between the Spark and Aveo U-VA and the first roll-out is expected by the end of 2008 from GM's new plant at Pune. Hyundai
Hyundai's much-awaited SUV, the Santa Fe, will finally take centre stage at this Auto Expo. Just like its younger sibling, the Tucson, the Santa Fe looks soft, yet rugged. It will be powered by a 242 bhp V6 engine that produces 22 kgm of torque. More on the prices at the launch. Hyundai's latest hatchback, the i10, will also be there with its new engine variant and if all goes well we're hoping Hyundai will plonk in a quick 75 bhp, 1100cc, variable turbocharged diesel powerhouse into this hatch as well. Mahindra & Mahindra
Mahindra are a step closer to launching their new MUV and we're saying that because they've already put in a de-tuned version of the engine in the Scorpio mHawk. Rumoured to be called the Ingenio, this car will definitely be up on display at the show. M&M have said that this car will be in the Scorpio price bracket, but is meant for large families rather than those who want an SUV or an adventure vehicle. More importantly, they have said that they will take on the Japanese giants and their Innova head on. From whatever we've seen of the car in spy pics, the Ingenio is quite a handsome car; we just hope they find a better name. Maruti Suzuki
While Tata have been furiously at work putting together their One Lakh car, the largest car manufacturer in the country have been close on their heels. Although the Auto Expo hasn't been one of the hottest locations for manufacturers to unveil all new cars, Suzuki have deliberately chosen the 9th Auto Expo to unveil their latest small car concept, the A-Star. The A-star is a car that is designed for world markets and will be produced in India later in 2008, and it is slated to be the Alto replacement in India. Another car that Suzuki have been mulling is the Swift sedan. And if there's one place you're going to see it, it's going to be the Suzuki pavilion at the Expo. Skoda
Yes, we know you've been hearing about this car ad nauseum but it's finally here. Skoda is slated to throw their hatchback, the Fabia, into the world of Swifts, Getz' and U-VAs. The Fabia has a plethora of engine options abroad, but the ones likely to make it to India are the 70 bhp, 1200cc petrol engine and the 68 bhp, 1422cc Tdi diesel. The Fabia will be sold at a premium over the other hatchbacks in the country, to keep it a niche product. Tata-Fiat
The centre of attraction at Pragati Maidan will be the Tata pavilion, where their much anticipated, almost-production-ready 'One Lakh’ concept car will be shown. The grand unveiling of the people's car will take place on January 10th, 2008. That aside, upgrades to the Indica (the picshave been doing the rounds), the Indigo and the Sumo will also have the wraps taken off them. From the Tata-Fiat venture, Fiat's big small car, the Grande Punto (with the Swift, Getz and U-VA as competitors) will be on display for the Indian masses. But the more important car, the mid-sized Linea that will take on the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna and the Chevy Aveo when it is launched in India next year, will occupy centre stage there. Volkswagen
A Dakar winning SUV will stand imposingly at the Volkswagen stall at the auto expo. The Touareg, VW's luxurious yet ultra capable SUV, will be Volkswagen's second offering for India and will go on sale in 2008. In Volkswagen's maiden display at the Auto Expo, they’re pulling out all the stops to show their finest - in their small car concept, the Up! VWs's flagship model, the Passat, that is already on sale in India, and their future launch, the Jetta, will also be on display. Bajaj
With the recent purchase of an 18.5 per cent stake in KTM, Bajaj will have bits of the bright orange hue to brighten up their stall. Funky KTM official merchandise will also be on display. Bajaj have said that they will show two new products of their own. One is rumoured to be a 300- or 400cc motorcycle that will be their next platform motorcycle beyond the 220. With the scooter market growing, we think the second Bajaj that will be on display could be a scooter. Also, remember the Blade that Bajaj showed last time around? It's up for launch and might be the product that will actually hit showrooms after the Expo. Hero Honda
Tight-lipped as ever, Hero Honda said that the only thing they're 'allowed' to say on the Auto Expo stall is that the full range of refreshed products will be on display. What could they be hiding up their sleeves, then? Honda
Honda, being Honda, haven't indicated what their plans are. But we speculate that they will display a product to indicate the direction they are going to take in the coming year. A premium segment motorcycle is also in the offing, so hope to see one. Honda has also spoken of wanting to take a more youthful, aggressive product line in the near future. Royal Enfield
Although Royal Enfield haven't had too much presence at the Auto Expo, we reckon they're going to be there this time around with a motorcycle that will showcase their unit gearbox engine as well as their 500cc fuel-injected AVL engine. Thumper delight, no? Suzuki
Just like Honda, Suzuki are tight-lipped about their plans for the Expo. However, expect the new Suzuki GSX-R1300 Hayabusa and the GSX-R1000 that Suzuki is reportedly likely to launch mid next year in India. Also, rumours of Suzuki's 150cc motorcycle are doing the rounds. What remains to be seen is if they actually launch it at the Expo, or just have it on display. TVS
The south-Indian two-wheeler manufacturer is known for its out-of-the-box concepts and this year too it will have a green and eco-friendly concept as its centrepiece. TVS will also showcase its 125cc Flame, the 160cc fuel-injected Apache RTR and the Teenz EZ electric scooter. Yamaha
Yamaha's stand will, obviously, feature the YZF-R1 and the MT-01 that have already gone on sale. But the big star will be their 150cc or 165cc premium segment contender. This motorcycle is to be Yamaha India's aggressive new face. Rumours are flying thick and fast and speak of a faired motorcycle, proper liquid cooling, and yes, higher power than its peers. And we might get lucky, because a little birdie told us five-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi may make it to the Yamaha stall in Delhi. Fingers crossed then.
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|26th December 2007, 12:59||#47|
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60 cars to be announced in 2008!
Source Economic Times:
60 car launches planned through 2008
60 car launches planned through 2008- Automobiles-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: On offer would be everything from haute hatchbacks and green tech hybrids to adrenalin-dripping super premium luxe models. Not to mention the world’s cheapest automobile, the Rs 1 lakh people’s car from Tata Motors.
As usual, the biggest action will be in the small car market where global best-sellers will rub shoulders with locally-developed tarmac scorchers. Maruti Suzuki will kick off the action with its Splash and A-Star concept, though the latter would be a predominantly export model. In the premium hatchback category, the Swift, Getz, U-VA troika will face competition from the likes of the Skoda Fabia and the Fiat Grande Punto, though all eyes would definitely be on the Rs 1-lakh car.
The mid-size market would sizzle too with debutantes like the i20 from Hyundai, Logan-spawned Sandero from Renault, the Jetta from Volkswagen and the Linea from Fiat. Add to that the Swift sedan and the new launches cover every price point in that segment.
The Fiat Bravo and the Mistubishi Lancer Gallant will keep the debut buzz alive and kicking in the mid-size premium segment. But some of the sexiest newcomers next year will be 4x4 muscle-flexers. While Mitsubishi is all set to bring along its Outlander sports utility vehicle (SUV), GM will roll out its Captiva, Hyundai the Santa Fe and BMW the X6. So if you like your vehicle BIG and MACHO, you’ll have plenty to choose from next year.
In the luxe car space too there will be plenty of action with the all new C Class from Daimler and the BMW M5 & M6 expected to be the star eye candies.
Of course, Indian car majors have lined up a range of locally developed beauties — including both new platform products as well as makeover versions. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), for instance, will launch its new multi-utility vehicle Ingenio while Tata Motors will roll out the next generation Sumo and the new pick-up truck Xenon (besides the Rs 1-lakh car). Current best-sellers like the Santro, Indica and Toyota Innova will also see an alternative avatar thanks to the growing demand for CNG/LPG options. At the higher price bracket, several hybrid options will debut, including the Honda Civic, Tata Indica and M&M Scorpio SUV.
Okay so there will a rush of new models; but will they be affordable? More or less. Car makers are eyeing the big excitement generated by these new launches to grab incremental sales in a market that hasn’t been too perky this year.
Which means every debutante will pack in better quality and features at an attractive price to grab the most eye***** and footfalls. And that would include both international models as well as the locally developed lineup. Some of these cars will premier in India first, like the recently-launched Hyundai i10 and Maruti SX4. As increasing competition force car makers to bring latest launches to this market, the first premiered in India tag will become a common one.
The 1.4 million unit strong Indian passenger car market will display more than 100 potential models at the Auto Expo in January though many of them are slated for an entry beyond 2008.
|26th December 2007, 16:45||#48|
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and just for info, here are the timings
10th January 2008: Media Day
Media + Special Invitees: 1000 Hrs to 1900 Hrs
Inauguration: 1500 Hrs
Weekdays: 11th January 2008 to 17th January 2008
Business Visitors Hours: 1000 Hrs to 1500 Hrs
General Visitors Hours: 1500 Hrs to 1900 Hrs
Weekends: 12th January 2008 & 13th January 2008
General Visitors Hours: 1000 Hrs to 1900 Hrs
2008 Automotive Show India :: Automotive Equipments India :: Automotive Suppliers Expo in India :: Automotive Parts Suppliers in India :: International Automotive Exhibition
and just a thought, can this thread be made a sticky and could include other stuff such as acessories etc as i could not find any other thread regarding the same.
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May be a stupid question, I am going to be in Delhi around that time, are there days designated for visitors or one can just walk in any time at the Auto Expo.
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EVO X is only for display in 2008. It is come to India with a 2 Liter engine only in 2009. (Source - Dealer in Chennai).
Old Lancer will be discontinued.
Cedia is going to continue for at least next 3-4 years in India in the present model.
Galant? There is no plan for bringing to India, at least not in 2008.
Folks, you have any other news..???
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The Star of the show
This will definitely be the Tata 1L Car. The World is waiting with baited breath for its launch. I also read that this may be Ratan Tata's swansong! Many international manufacturers may be quaking in their boots.
I am waiting for the Maruti Response. My guess a stripped to the bones M800 (make a go-go dancer blush!).
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I think everyone's missed out on the Laura RS... Skoda said they had plans to introduce it soon. Also, the A4's gonna come with the 2.0L turbo petrol?? Thats a mind numbing engine and should make the base A4 quite a sporty package...
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