If you would recall the brand ‘Sonata’, you would remember a LONG car that sort of looks like the old Mercedes C Class. Sure, there was a Sonata Embera but that did not turn any eye balls. But Hyundai has finally showcased the Fluidic Sonata at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo and is it a looker or what!

Hyundai Sonata side profileHyundai Sonata front three-quarters

It will be powered by a 2.4L GDI engine with 201 PS @ 6300rpm 25.5 kgm of torque @ 4250 rpm. It is mated to a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission depending on your liking. There some very cool features too such as:

  • HID xenons
  • Cruise control
  • Paddle shifters
  • 10 way power seats with lumbar support for the driver and a 4 way adjustable seat for the co driver.
  • Smart key with push button start

The new Sonata packs in a lot of safety features as well such as:

  • 6 air bags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ESP
  • Rear view camera

This is just a showcase so no price announcements done yet. What do you think about the Sonata? Do let us know in the comment section.

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Curtains were raised on the Mahindra Verito Electric today at the Mahindra stall of the Auto Expo.

Mahindra Verito Electric

The Verito EV sports giant decals shouting out its new heart, redesigned speed control, a new digital meter and REVA badges. Stay tuned for more info.

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We are live at the Hyundai conference in New Delhi where the Korean giant has given us glimpse of the concept Hexa Space, popularly known as HND-7. The Hexa Space is a glimpse of a future MPV that will seat 8 people in utmost comfort. Why is it called “Hexa Space?” you ask.

Hyundai Hexa Space (1)Hyundai Hexa Space (2)Hyundai Hexa Space (3)

Ertiga MPV launch on January 6; Compact SUV, XA Alpha also on view

Pallete, SX4 hatch, Solio, MR Wagon part of displays beside the other cars in the MSIL lineup

Shinzo Nakanishi says Swift was awarded Indian COTY last night

“We will venture into utility vehicles for existing customers and new customers.”

Expand K Series petrol engine

Concept XA alpha – “the wild urban” – young customers will love the muscular look and off-roading capability but want compactness – this concept showcases the unique rapport between Maruti and Suzuki.

Mr IV Rao –

Creating the concept is an enthralling experience. Concept for Indian youth, vehicle that captures the attitude of the user who want different and unique product – they want to have fun, celebrate life like adventure – we conducted extensive surveys in major cities and talked to this breed – the concept is thus compact, refined and personal.

Oh yes, It’s finally here! The much awaited event for the Indian petrolheads graces us today. As we group together and look at the Auto Expo show plan, we have only one aim mind – To put out the best coverage for all the readers of IAB from across the globe who cannot make it to this extravaganza of epic proportions.

2012 Ford EcoSport

“What epic proportions is he talking about?” you ask. Let me give you some stats:

  • 1,500 participants
  • 24 countries
  • 50 new launches
  • And all of that within just 2 media days!

Manufacturers and component makers from Belarus, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and UAE will be making their way to the biggest automotive event India has ever seen. It truly a global show!

As we kick things up in high gear here at IAB, we presented to you a series of stories of ‘What to Expect’ from different companies at the Expo. If you want us to ask something specific to a particular manufacturer, do leave your comments in the pertinent article so that we can get your questions answered.

This is only a teaser of the unprecedented coverage that you guys are about to witness over the next one week. Don’t miss out on any part of the action by connecting with us at our social media channels

Also don’t forget to invite your family and friends to our blog; we are a family remember? It is your support that will keep us going in the freezing Delhi temperatures.

So let me ask you this question one more time – Are you ready?

Ford India plans to ride high at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The company will use the platform to showcase a concept of their new global vehicle – a compact SUV based on the Fiesta platform called the Ecosport. The Ecosport has been under testing in Brazil since quite a while now and the vehicle was unveiled today in Delhi.

Powered by a 1.0L EcoBoost petrol engine with a turbocharger pumping 100 horses and a 1.5 Duratorq from the new Fiesta, the Ecosport might start a compact SUV revolution in India. Accompanying the concept vehicle will be Ford India’s existing portfolio – Ford Figo, the All-New Fiesta, the Ford Classic and the Ford Endeavour.

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While General Motors India remained in ‘consolidation phase’ for the year 2011, the manufacturer plans to get very aggressive in 2012. The company plans to showcase many new vehicles at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.

Facelifted Chevrolet CaptivaFacelifted Chevrolet Captiva

First of which is the brand new Captiva which has been caught testing numerous times. The Captiva will don a new sophisticated look at the front. Some minor changes to the tail lamps will also be present. The most important change is the engine which will be a brand new 2.2L CRDI unit producing 165 PS and 350 NM of torque in both manual and automatic form.

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