While the Delhi Auto Expo is supposed to uplift India’s pride by being a true world class event, the last two editions did just the opposite. The entire proceedings were downright messy and the aging Pragati Maidan failed to offer quality amenities to those who visited.
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At the Delhi Auto show earlier in the month, Tata thickly populated its pavilion with the most interesting exhibits. Tata brought down technologies, unreleased models and concept vehicles that not only provided the route map of the company’s new journey but also promised a boom-filled 2012 and 2013.
Standing next to the Manza Nova concept was the Indica Vista Concept S2. On first glance it looked like a kitted-up Vista with LED lights, different bumpers and two tone body paint, but there is more than what meets the eye.
General Motors showcased the Tavera Neo3 at Auto Expo last week. Due to the maddening number of unveilings and launches, we had to skip highlighting the changes on the new model. Today, we’re going to dig a bit deeper and find out what all is new.
The bad news is that the Tavera largely remains the same. This operation is a facelift and not a generation shift. The most transforming changes are to the front which benefits from the introduction of a twin port grille and a larger bowtie emblem. Clear lens headlamps and a new bumper carrying a lower mesh grille top off changes to the front fascia.
The highest variant sports a dual tone body paint, gold bumpers and side trim. The fog lights and grille are finished in chrome. Interiors similarly are finished in dual tone color – GM has chosen gray and beige for the facelift. Perforated leather seats and captain seat arrangements are offered on this variant.
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Tata Motors missed an early opportunity to make the Nano an icon in the Indian landscape. When the stage was reached where the factory had enough capacity to meet the anticipated demand, it tumbled like a boulder down a mountain. To balance inventory, Tata had to shut down the Sanand plant for two weeks in the second half of 2011.
To wipe out last traces of the “cheap car” image on the Nano, the company upgraded the MY2012 version with height adjustable headrests, a more powerful engine, bigger wing mirrors and better upholstery at no additional cost. At the Auto Expo last week it became clear that they are not stopping there. The ‘Nano concept’ provided the future direction of what once was known as the world’s cheapest car.
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We all must have dreamt of zooming down the street in a convertible car at some point either during college or when we earned our first pay cheque. Sure, there may be a lot of pollution and unfavorable weather conditions in India, but that doesn’t deter us from dreaming. The only affordable convertible in India is the San Storm which is neither aspirational nor well built.
Maruti gave a teaser of such a kind of vehicle with the A-Star cabriolet concept. It is a yellow-colored, soft top version of the A-Star hatchback. It can theoretically seat four people on its leather wrapped bucket seats.
At the rear, there are dual exhaust pipes with a tiny rear spoiler. Sporty alloy wheels compliment the overall look.
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The XA Alpha Concept may have been a show stopper for the company at the Expo, but there were a few interesting cars showcased as well. First up is the SX4 Sport which is a crossover spin off from the popular sedan. The SX4 Sport is marketed as a must have car for the adventure lover. It is has a higher ground clearance than the sedan along with roof rails (to carry your bicycles of course)
The SX4 Poise features a custom paint job, HID projectors and a sporty body kit
The Swift Sport was not there at the Expo but a slightly sportier Swift was present. It dons a full body kit, sporty alloys with a customized paint job
Finally after buying 55% stake in Reva, Mahindra is showcasing the first product from the tie up. Although, the company has displayed the concept models of the Reva before, there were not really finished products. At 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, Mahindra has taken the wraps of the Reva NXR for those who are feeling the pinch of rising fuel prices.
The Reva NXR is a two-door hatchback powered by an electric motor. The charge is stored in Lithium Ion batteries that enable it to reach a decent top speed of 104kmph and give it an adequate range of 160km on a single charge.
The Reva NXR represent new generation of tree hugging vehicles of the lines of Nissan Leaf. Mahindra said that a distance from Connaught place to New Delhi Airport which should hurt your wallets to round about 300 bucks will only cost you 10 bucks in the Reva NXR.
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