Auto Expo 2014: New Car and Motorcycle Launches - The New Indian Express

Auto Expo 2014: New Car and Motorcycle Launches

Published: 05th February 2014 07:39 PM

Last Updated: 06th February 2014 08:05 PM

At a time when the auto sector in India is witnessing the worst slowdown of the decade, the biggest automobile show, - 12th Auto Expo 2014 - will get underway with the hope that the exhibition would help the auto sector get back on the right track.

The 12th edition of the bi-annual event will be host to unveiling of 70 new models of which  26 will be global.

The Indian auto industry has been reeling under a prolonged slowdown, with annual car sales dipping for the first time in 11 years in 2013 to 9.59 per cent.

Here are the star attractions of the event:

Scooters from Hero MotoCorp

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor unveiled the three models at the Auto Expo. (Photo/PTI)

Hero MotoCorp today said it will launch three new scooter models and a variant by March 2016.

While the first model 110 cc DASH will be rolled out in the first half of the next fiscal, the 125-cc DARE will hit the road in the second half of FY 15, Hero MotoCorp managing director and chief executive Pawan Munjal said.

However, the 100 cc ZIR model will be launched in the first half of the financial year 2015-16, Munjal said, adding a European style step-through variant of ZIR will also be rolled out.


Triumph launches Daytona 675; Price Rs 10.15 lakh

The bike maker will next open dealerships in Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Kolkata. (Photo/PTI)

With the launch of 'Daytona 675', Triumph now have eleven motorcycles on sale in the Indian market. Triumph strode into the Indian market with 10 models in November last year.

In 2013, the company launched 10 brands in the country including Bonneville T100, Daytona 675R, Street Triple, Speed Triple and Thruxton.


Maruti Launches 'Celerio' Priced upto Rs 4.96 lakh

MSI has already started taking bookings for the car. (Photo/PTI)

The Celerio will be pitched against the likes of Hyundai's Grandi10 and Honda's Brio, whose automatic versions are priced at Rs. 6.04 lakh and Rs.6.19 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The Celerio will offer a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km per litre.


Yamaha R25

The motorcycle uses a tubular chassis with telescopic front suspension and disc brakes at both the front and rear. ABS might be optional. (Photo/AP)

The twin cylinder motor will be liquid-cooled and use an advance fuel injection system.  The R25 borrows its styling from Yamaha’s M1 MotoGP machine, making it  one of the best looking quarter-litre motorcycles.


From TVS' Stall at the Expo


BMW i8


Hero HX250R

The HX250R, on paper, is a much more powerful than its nearest competitor, the Honda CBR 250R. The HX250R is 28 kgs lighter and 5 PS more powerful. (Photo/PTI)

The HX250R will come equipped with a 6-speed gearbox and multi-sensor electronic fueling. This is Hero’s first in-house built motor, after its separation from Honda. The company has R&D tie up with Eric Buell Racing and AVL.


Hyundai Xcent

Xcent would be available in two engine options--petrol and diesel. (Photo/PTI)

The Xcent is expected to hit the market by March this year. This new model is among the four new models that the company plans to launch in the next two years, including a compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), to enhance its position in the market.


Two Sedans from Ford

Betting big on the Indian market, US auto major Ford Motor Co unveiled its all new mid-sized sedan Fiesta and compact sedan Figo Concept.


Suzuki Ciaz Concept

The concept Ciaz, as and when it hits the market will compete worth the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna in the C segment sedans. (Photo/PTI)

India's car market leader Maruti Suzuki India today unveiled two concept models – sedan Ciaz and crossover SX4 S-Cross -- as it looks to enhance its position in the bigger sedan segment going forward.


Bajaj RE60

When asked how the vehicle would be priced, he said it would be announced at the time of commercial launch but it would be costlier than a three-wheeler. (File Photo/PTI)

Awaiting a formal notification on quadricycle, Pune-based Bajaj Auto said it is ready to roll out its RE60 model once it gets a go ahead from the government.  


Renault KWID Concept

Breaking the previous conventions of left or right hand drives, the concept car, that looks like a buggy car, has steering console at the middle. (Photo/Reuters)

Showing its commitment to the Indian market, French car maker Renault today made the global launch of its concept car KWID here besides introducing new variants of models Fluence and Duster.  


Harley-Davidson Street 750

Assembled at its Bawal plant in Haryana, the new bike has engine capacity of 750cc and fuel capacity of 13.1 litres. The model will also be built and exported to select international markets from the Bawal facility. (Photo/PTI)

Iconic bike maker Harley-Davidson today launched its much-awaited and the most affordable model the Street 750 at a price of Rs 4.1 lakh in the country.    

DC Design's Concept



Datsun's  Redi-GO concept car


Honda Mobilio and new Jazz

Bullish on India despite the ongoing slowdown, Japanese auto major Honda today said it would launch two models in the country during the next fiscal.    

Honda Cars India Ltd unveiled its mid size multi-purpose vehicle 'Honda Mobilio' and the all-new third generation 'Honda Jazz'.  

Volkswagen's SUV Taigun

German auto major Volkswagen today unveiled its concept SUV Taigun as it looks to rev up sales in India.

Two new models from Skoda

Czech car maker Skoda today said it will launch two redesigned models in India this year.         

A redesigned Skoda Superb (sedan) will be launched in the middle of the first quarter, while Skoda Yeti (compact SUV) will arrive in the second half of 2014.  

Toyota Unveils All-new Corolla Altis

Toyota Kirloskar Motor today unveiled a new version of its Corolla Altis, which is equipped with advanced features and a fresh design.

The 11th-generation Corolla Altis has been designed to keep up with the times and add value, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Managing Director Naomi Ishii said at the 12th Auto Expo here.   The company opened bookings for the new model today. The price will be revealed in May, when sales are launched and deliveries start, he said. The price of the current model starts at about Rs 11 lakh.

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