AUTO EXPO 2018

The mega au­to­mo­tive ex­trav­a­ganza is back. We bring you the most de­tailed cov­er­age

Auto Today - - Dashboard - PIC­TURE Shekhar Ghosh

Be­ing my 10th auto expo as an au­to­mo­tive j our­nal­ist and in all the ex­pos that I have been to over the years, this must have been the one with low­est per­cent­age of man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia present at the show. Of course, sep­a­rat­ing the com­po­nents expo from the mo­tor show does scale down both the shows as well and that was ev­i­dent more so this time than pre­vi­ously.

Held in Greater Noida, the Auto Expo 2018 stood out not so much about the miss­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and not so much about the nu­mer­ous elec­tric two-wheel­ers, t hree and four wheel­ers as it did about the over­whelm­ing swing in the favour of the SUV.

Whether it was Maruti-Suzuki that show­cased its study of small car in the shape of an SUV-de­signed for In­dia, or it was Kia, the new man­u­fac­turer that nailed what In­di­ans de­sire in an SUV to a T with the SP Con­cept or Hyundai that un­veiled its first elec­tric ve­hi­cle SUV; it was Tata Mo­tors though that stole the show in terms of con­cepts with two stun­ners one a near pro­duc­tion SUV and an­other sharp and SUV-ish study for a pre­mium hatch­back.

But such was the state of af­fairs at the Auto Expo 2018 that the largest num­ber of launches and un­veils were by the BMW Group, a sup­pos­edly niche man­u­fac­turer of pre­mium ve­hi­cles in In­dia. The com­pany’s sales in the coun­try com­prise less than half a per cent of the car mar­ket and al­most neg­li­gi­ble for its two-wheeler mar­ket.

How­ever, the bike man­u­fac­tur­ers were out in force with all the main­stream mak­ers ex­cept one and had some lovely con­cepts and pro­duc­tion mod­els to dis­play.

Read our de­tailed cov­er­age as we break down the Auto Expo 2018 in the fol­low­ing pages, with all the con­cepts, mod­els, dis­plays as well as sights and sounds. En­joy!

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