Auto Expo: startups, new entrants take center stage on Day 2

Kia makes India debut with all guns blazing

Auto Expo: startups, new entrants take center stage on Day 2

The company, which is slated to bring on-road its first affordable electric auto in 2020, is showcasing the futuristic Concept e-Survivor at the show that will open for public on Friday.

Kia in April 2017 agreed to invest more than $1 billion to build a auto manufacturing plant in southern India with an annual production capacity of 300,000 units.

"Electric vehicles are the defining theme of the auto expo this year", said Kenichi Ayukawa, MD at the country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India.

Unveiling the ConceptFutureS, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said: "Our designers have created this brand new design, aggressive on the outside, and bold and inviting interiors".

"In order to stitch up a strategy (for EV segment) we are requesting to have a road map regarding plans of charging stations.Without a clear policy it will be hard to select models", Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno told reporters.

The showroom model is expected to be revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show later this year, and will likely borrow its fundamental underpinnings from the new-generation Cerato that will launch in Australia in both sedan and hatch variants during the year.

"Today we announce three of those models - All New Amaze, All New CR-V and much awaited 10th Gen Civic which will be launched in India in FY 18-19", said Hachigo.

Hero has entered the 125cc scooter segment with the Maestro Edge 125.

Other manufactures such as Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India unveiled a total of 11 two-wheelers, including a new 160 cc motorcycle "X-Blade". "The Burgman Street is scheduled for a launch in 2018", the company said in a release.

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.

Piaggio India launched the Aprilia SR 125, unveiled the Aprilia Storm and introduced an innovative smart mobile connectivity feature for Vespa and Aprilia.

The companies are betting big on the growing two wheeler sales in India which now stands at about 20 million per year. UM-unveiled Renegade Thor, Duty at a price of Rs 4.9 lakh and 1.10 lakh respectively. The company's first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo was unveiled by legendary sportsman Sachin Tendulkar. The all-new MINI Countryman was unveiled at the Auto Expo and would be locally produced at the BMW Group plant in Chennai.

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