Nano is big crowd-puller at Expo

Written by Vrishti Beniwal | New Delhi, Jan 11 | Updated: Jan 12 2008, 05:25am hrs
Nano, the cheapest car in the world, was the centre of attraction even on the second day of the Auto Expo. Tata Motors pavilion attracted the maximum number of visitors on Friday too, with everybody from businessmen to college students queuing up at Pargati Maidan to touch and feel the dream car.

While Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt were the star attractions at the Tata pavilion on Thursday, when the car was unveiled, Delhis chief minister Sheila Dikshit also came to see the car on Friday. The footfall at the auto expo is expected to go up further on Saturday and Sunday. Enter hall number 11, and all you see is an infinite number of hands with mobile phones in their hands. Everybody wanted to capture Ratan Tatas marvel with their camera phone. Unlike other cars, fencing has been done around the Nano and people can watch it only from a distance. The security guards at the Tata pavilion had a tough time in keeping the crowd at bay.

Visitors in thousands from India as well as abroad have turned up since the morning. Somehow we have managed to handle the situation so far. But on the weekends things are going to be a bit difficult when more visitors will come, said a security guard.

Lakhtakiyathat's what people are calling the Nano, thanks to its attractive pricing. A closer look at the visitors at the Tata pavilion showed why it is a people's car. The visitors were from a cross section of the society. Though it would be very difficult to gauge at this stage how many of them would actually buy the car after its launched.

Another attraction of the expo was the high mobility multipurpose vehicle of Mahindra, the Axe. While someone from the crowd called it Hamari Hummer, another visitor named it Desi Humvee.