Auto Expo 2016 Day 1: Complete Coverage: Auto Expo 2016 started with a bang yesterday as around 30 automobile makers showcased their future concepts and production ready model. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Carlino concept, Tata Nexon & Kite 5 sedan, Toyota Innova, Datsun Go-Cross concept and Honda BR-V were among the biggest products unveiled on the day 1 of the Auto Expo. This year’s Auto Expo is mainly dominated by compact SUVs/Crossovers besides several alternative fuel-run vehicles.
Among all the mass-segment two-wheeler makers, TVS Motor Company and Hero MotoCorp showcased some of their future concepts, while Honda mainly focused on production-ready versions that are scheduled to be launched in the next 1 year. Honda Motorcycle, in fact, launched one-of-its-kind product – Navi – that creates a niche segment in the Indian two-wheeler segment. The US-based bikemaker, UM Motorcycle also launched three new cruiser bikes in the country under its popular Renegade series. DSK Benelli two brought four exciting products that will be launched this year.
Coming to Luxury carmakers, Jaguar Land Rover launched its much-awaited entry-level luxury sedan – Jaguar XE – at the event. The German trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes also showcased some of their soon-to-be-launched products on the day 1 of the Auto Expo 2016. Fiat-owned luxury SUV maker Jeep also unveiled the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee SUVs at the event, both of which will be launched later this year.
The organisers are expecting a footfall of over 6 lakh visitors this year. Manufacturers who are not taking part this year are Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson.
Stay tuned to The Financial Express for the latest updates on new cars, bikes and concepts being showcased at the Motor Show. Day 1 updates below:
Auto Expo 2016 Day 1: Major Highlights
6.40 PM: This is all what we had for the day, check out this space for Day 2 updates.
6.35 PM: Audi R8 has been priced at Rs 2.47 crore ex-showroom in Delhi and Mumbai.
6.02 PM: Virat Kohli and Alia Bhatt present during the unveiling of Audi R8.
5.58 PM: Audi unveils Audi R8. Says it has introduced fastest Audi to India.
5.54 PM: BMW is also officially bringing its motorcycle brand BMW Motorad.
5.52 PM: 2016 models of the BMW 7 series and X1 are going to be launched shortly.
5.50 PM: BMW is next on the show.
5.28 PM: Since the Go Cross is in early concept stage, it will at least take 15 to 18 months for the company to produce it.
5.26 PM: Nissan and Datsun have showcased the Datsun Go Cross and the Nissan GTR.
5.25 PM: Nissan India MD Arun Malhotra, Zaheer Khan & Mohinder Amartnath honors the trophy of T20 WorldCup.
5.13 PM: Toyota Innova Crysta may be launched in Q1 this fiscal.
4.58 PM: Toyota unveiled all new Innova Crysta at the motor show.
4.44 PM: The new Toyota Innova is already being sold in Indonesia, and India will be the next market to get it.
4.42 PM: The new Toyota Innova is more upmarket than the existing model.
4.39 PM: Toyota Innova is the no. 1 MPV in the country, and the new-gen Innova will set new benchmarks in the MPV segment.
4.37 PM: Toyota official talks about the company’s focus on building safe cars. The company has made dual airbags standard across its lineup.
4.36 PM: The company will unveil the New-generation Toyota Innova today.
4.30 PM: Next launch is coming from Toyota.
4.27 PM: Ashok Leyland launches EURO 6, country’s first truck that meets Euro 6 norms.
4.25 PM: Agility combined with strength, Ashok Leyland launches #GURU.
4.18 PM: Ashok Leyland spreads smile with its new school bus #Sunshine.
4.11 PM: Up next is commercial vehicles launch by Ashok Leyland.
3.52 PM: Force Motors launches Traveller Super.
3.49 PM: Eicher Trucks launched a commercial vehicles.
3.10 PM: Mahindra introduces Genze, Made in US but Indian by heart, as termed by them.
2.38 PM: At Mahindra, scooter is going to be launched/unveiled. They will also showcase Mahindra GP racer.
2.29 PM: The Mahindra XUV Aero concept is a coupe-styled SUV, and this could become the country’s first mass-segment SUV-styled SUV upon its launch.
2:28 PM: The company will showcase a futuristic SUV concept – the XUV Aero. The Mahindra XUV Aero will become basis for an upcoming Mahindra flagship SUV.
2.20 PM: Mahindra & Mahindra’s press conference begins.
2:07 PM: Honda has unveiled the BR-V compact SUV at the expo.
1.52 PM: Since the rediGO is based on the same CMF-A platform on which the Renault Kwid is built, the former also features the same 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder unit.
1.49 PM: While the design of the GO+ and the redi-GO is different, both the vehicles use the same engine – 1.2-litre petrol engine that belts out 67bhp and 104Nm.
1.47 PM: Datsun, the low-cost car brand of Nissan, today unveiled the Go-Cross mini SUV concept that will be launched sometime next year. This year, the company is planning to bring in the rediGO based hatchback.
1.45 PM: Renault introduces Kwid Racer concept car at the Auto Expo.
1.34 PM: Renault Kwid AMT is called the Kwid Easy-R AMT.
1:33 PM: Renault Kwid has achieved over 1 lakh bookings within 4 months of its launch, thus making it one of the fastest growing cars in the country.
1:32 PM: Renault is the biggest European model in India, says the company.
1:26 PM: The French carmaker will unveil two new derivatives of the Renault Kwid at the Motor Show. One will be a 1000cc engined Renault Kwid, the other will be the AMT-equipped version.
1.23 PM: Renault India press conference begins
1.22 PM: Volkswagen Ameo is the first of the 4 models that the company plans to launch in India.
1.18 PM: Volkswagen Tiguan will be launched early next year.
1.17 PM: Volkswagen has invested about 800 mn euros in its Pune plant – the maximum by any German auto manufacturer.
1.15 PM: Volkswagen Ameo showcased at the Auto Expo.
1.12 PM: Volkswagen Passate GTE plug-in hybrid to make its debut in 2017.
1.05 PM: Volkswagen is going to showcase the Ameo sub-compact sedan and the Tiguan at the event.
1.00 PM: Next show will be of Volkswagen.
12.45 PM: With 4764mm length, 1780mm height, 1895mm width and 2,850mm wheelbase, the Tata Hexa is one of the most spacious vehicles in its league.
12.38 PM: Powering the Tata Hexa is a 154.2bhp, 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder VARICOR 400 diesel engine that is paired to a 6-speed manual, and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.
12.35 PM: Tata Hexa’s production-ready version finally made its India debut on the inaugural day of the Auto Expo 2016.
12.32 PM: Tata showcases the Kite 5 sedan, which is based on the Zica hatchback.
12.31 PM: Tata Motors has the biggest exhibition area at the Auto Expo 2016. The company plans to showcase over 20 products in both passenger and commercial vehicle segments.
12.30 PM: Also on display is the Tata Bolt Sport – a more powerful version of the hatchback.
12.25 PM: The next up is Tata Motors that will showcase a range of new products at the Auto Expo 2016.
12.24 PM: The Jaguar XE has been launched at Rs 33.9 lakh (ex-showroom).
12.22 PM: Tata-motors owned Jaguar Land Rover has launched the Jaguar XE at the Auto Expo.
12.20 PM: Jaguar has revealed its most affordable luxury sedan the XE at the Auto Expo.
12.01 PM: In next conference, Tata Motors will unveil its new vehicle.
11.58 PM: Meanwhile, Piaggio India unveiled India’s first sport-scooterbike – Aprilia SR 150.
11.55 AM: TVS Acula is powered by a 310cc, single-cylinder engine. This is the same engine that powers the BMW G310 R – a bike that has been co-developed by TVS and BMW.
11.48 AM: TVS X21 features 212.4cc, 4 valve, Monoshock.
11.45 AM: TVS unveils X21 concept motorcycle.
11.41 AM: The Akula features 310cc, single-cylinder engine and Monoshock rear suspension.
11. 40 AM: The Akula features a 212.4cc, 4 valve, Monoshock rear suspension.
11.35 AM: The Akula is built using aluminium and carbon fibre body, and features a 310cc, singe-cylinder engine. The same engine also power the BMW G310R, which has been jointly developed by TVS and BMW.
11.32 AM: TVS Motor Company has showcased its Akula – Russian for Shark – concept.
11.30 AM: Next press conference is from TVS Motor Company that will showcase two new concepts at its pavilion.
11.25 AM: Since it’s a concept, we think it will come only after 2017.
11.22 AM: Though the company hasn’t revealed its specifications, this could be be a 300cc-engined bike.
11.20 AM: Hero XF3R is a concept that hints at a future 300cc Hero motorcycle.
11.19 AM: With orange frame, aggressive front fascia, the XF3R looks quite exciting.
11.18 AM: Hero HX3R is a concept that hints at a future 300cc Hero motorcycle.
11.15 AM: The Splendor iSmart 110 is powered by a new 110cc, single-cylinder, torque-on-demand (TOD) engine.
11.14 AM: The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is the first new motorcycle developed completely in-house.
11.13 AM: Hero Xtreme 200 S is powered by a new 200cc engine that is good for 21bhp and 25Nm.
11.12 AM: The new 200cc bike is the Hero Xtreme 200 S which is a naked sportbike powered by an all-new 200cc, single-cylinder engine, which will be used for other Hero MotoCorp bikes as well
11.11 AM: Hero Duet E is a concept scooter powered by a 5KW motor. Also on display is Hero Duet E electric scooter powered by a 5KW battery.
11.10 AM: Hero announces to launch the Splendor iSmart 110 in coming months.
11.09 AM: Hero to unveil a new 200cc naked sport motorcycle at the Auto Expo that will rival products like KTM Duke 200 and TVS Apache RTR 200.
11.08 AM: Hero MotoCorp to unveil several new bikes and concepts at the Auto Expo 2016
11.05 AM: UM Renegade Commando is priced at Rs 1.59 lakh, Renegade Sport is priced at Rs 1.49 lakh while Renegade Classic is slated at Rs 1.69 lakh.
11.02 AM: The three UM bikes are – UM Renegade Commando, Renegade Sport and Renegade Classic.
10.58 AM: UM Motorcycle, a US Based Motorcycle maker, has launched three new cruiser motorcycles at the Auto Expo 2016.
10.36 AM: Fuel-injected version of the Suzuki Gixxer SF is on display at the Suzuki pavilion. All the three products will be launched later this year
10.35 AM: Suzuki also reveals the Gixxer dual-disc brake versions at the Auto expo 2016.
10.34: The new Suzuki Access is now 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than before.
10.33 AM: The new Suzuki Access gets Suzuki Eco Performance technology that helps improve fuel efficiency and performance.
10.32 AM: It now gets chrome finished headlamps , 3D chrome logo.
10.31 AM: While the engine of the Suzuki Access remains the same, the 125cc scooter gets updated design.
10.30 AM: The company is overwhelmed with the success of Suzuki Gixxer that was launched in the last fiscal.
10.25 AM: Suzuki believes that India has a great potential and thus it plans to bring in several all new products every year.
10.20 AM: In next conference, Suzuki Motorcycle will unveilall-new Access 125.
10.02 AM: Honda Navi launched in India Rs 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
9.58 AM: Honda Navi is made for India and made in India that will attract young buyers.
9.51 AM: Almost 70 pct of 2-wheelers sold in India have engines in the 100-110cc segment.
9.50 AM: Honda has also showcased its premium adventure bike – Africa Twin – at the motor show.
9.46 AM: Gujarat plant will be inaugurated on 17th Feb.
9.44 AM: Honda delivered on its promise to launch 15 new bikes in 2015.
9.43 AM: Honda’s 4th plant in Gujarat will commence operations soon.
9.42 AM: Honda will also showcase the Neowing – a hybrid 3-wheeled vehicle.
9.40 AM: Honda did 17.1 mn global sales last year.
9.38 AM: HMSI will launch the Honda Navi at the Auto Expo 2016 in a short-while.
9.37 AM: The Honda Navi offers comfort & convenience of a scooter and capabilities of a motorcycle.
9.36 AM: Honda Motorcycle will roll out the country’s first two Wheeler crossover – Honda Navi.
9.33 AM: The new scooter is called the Yamaha Ray ZR. It will be launched soon in the market.
9.30 AM: Scooter has been a growth driver for the Indian Two Wheeler Industry. And the company will continue to focus on that.
9.27 AM: Roy Kurian says Yamaha recorded growth of 5% last year despite the slowdown in the industry.
9.26 AM: Last year has not been good for the Indian two wheeler market, despite that Yamaha increased its market share.
9.25 AM: If launched, this will be a premium lifestyle scooter from Yamaha. India is a very crucial market for Yamaha, says the company. And the company will continue to invest in the Indian market.
9.24 AM: There will also be a high end bike from Yamaha. The new Yamaha scooter could be 155cc.
9.15 AM: Yamaha India is all set to unveil a new scooter.
9.01 AM: This is based on the Hyundai i20 platform.
8.59 AM: The upcoming sub-compact SUV Hyundai HND14 concept is called Carlino.
8.55 AM: Hyundai has also revealed its upcoming sub-compact SUV’s concept at the Auto Expo.
8.50 AM: The two products that Hyundai India is showcasing today are – Tucson and i20-based sub-compact SUV concept.
8.49 AM: The company aims to launch two new products every year from now on.
8.48 AM: The company aims to sustain growth for strong market leadership in 2016, Hyundai’s vision for 2016.
8.47 AM: Hyundai’s first compact SUV won the India Car of the Year 2016. The company also won J.D. Power initial quality award for its compact car in 2015.
8.45 AM: Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s contribution currently is 13 per cent in Hyundai’s total sales.
8.44 AM: Hyundai currently owns over 17 per cent market share, and is the largest exporter with over 1.67 lakh cars exported in 2015.
8.43 AM: The year 2015 was an year of excellence for Hyundai, says the company.
8.42 AM: The same platform also underpins the Hyundai Creta.
8.41 AM: While the Tucson is a premium SUV, the other is a sub-4 metre compact SUV based on the i20 platform.
8.40 AM: Next up is Hyundai India press conference, where the Korean carmaker will reveal the Tucson SUV and the sub-compact SUV concept.
8.35 AM: GM is still gauging the market interests towards its Beat Active htach-based crossover Beat Essentia.
8.32 AM: Chevrolet to take on the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire with its Beat Essentia sub compact sedan.
8.29 AM: Both models will be based on the existing Chevrolet Beat hatchback.
8.27 AM: The company will also unveil two new derivatives of Chevrolet Beat- Chevrolet Beat Essentia Sedan and Active Crossover.
8.25 AM: Chevrolet Spin MPV is going to be launched in 2027.
8.20 AM: Maruti Vitara Brezza is 3995 mm long and 1790 mm in width. It’s height is 1640 mm. It has 378-litres of boot space and tyres are 16-inch wide.
8.18 AM: The Vitara Brezza is the first Maruti Suzuki product that is designed and developed entirely by Maruti Suzuki India team.
8.17 AM: Maruti Vitara Brezza has been conceptualised, designed and developed by engineers from Maruti Suzuki under CV Raman.
8.15 AM: With Nexa, the company plans to transform the way Indians buy their vehicle.
8.10 AM: Maruti Suzuki India plans to launch 15 new models by 2020.
7:54 AM: Just few more minutes left for the Maruti Suzuki press conference. Stay tuned for all the live updates.
7:45 AM: The Auto Expo 2016 will begin with the global debut of the Maruti Vitara Brezza sub-compact SUV.
7:39 AM: The Financial Express team is at the venue to bring you all the live updates . The first press conference is being organised by Maruti Suzuki India – the country’s largest carmaker.
Auto Expo 2016: New Cars & Bikes from different manufacturers
Maruti Suzuki Cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza sub-compact SUV
– Maruti Suzuki Ignis crossover
– Maruti Baleno RS powered by a Boosterjet petrol engine
– Maruti S-Cross Special Edition
Hyundai Cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Hyundai Tucson premium SUV
– Hyundai Carlino sub-compact SUV
Tata cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Tata Kite 5 sedan
– Tata Nexon sub-compact SUV
– Tata Hexa SUV
– Tata Bolt Sport
– Tata Safari Storme Tuff
– Tata Zica hatchback
Toyota cars at Auto Expo 2016
– 2016 Toyota Innova Crysta
– Toyota Rush sub-compact SUV
– Toyota Vios
Mahindra cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Mahindra XUV Aero concept
– New Mahindra Quanto
– Mahindra-SsangYong Tivoli
– Mahindra e2O with wireless charging technology
– Mahindra Verito electric
Ford cars at Auto Expo 2016
Volkswagen cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Volkswagen Ameo
– Volkswagen Polo GTI
– Volkswagen Tiguan
– Volkswagen Passat
Datsun cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Datsun GO-Cross mini SUV
Renault cars at Auto Expo 2016
– Renault Kwid 1000cc
– Renault Kwid Easy-R AMT
– 2016 Renault Duster facelift with AMT
TVS bikes at Auto Expo 2016
– TVS Apache Akula
– TVS Apache X21 concept
Honda two-whelers at Auto Expo 2016
– Honda Navi – India’s first two-wheeler crossover
Jeep SUVs at Delhi Auto Expo 2016
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jaguar cars at Auto Expo 2016 Delhi
– Jaguar XE
– Jaguar F-Pace Crossover
DSK Benelli bikes at Auto Expo 2016
– TNT Naked T-135
– Tornado 300
– TRK 502
UM Motorcycles at Delhi Auto Expo 2016
– UM Renegade Commando
– UM Renegade Classic
– UM Renegade Sport