New Delhi: The 15th edition of the biennial Auto Expo opened on Wednesday at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida at Gautam Buddh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh. Car and bike makers are trying to woo potential customers with new wares and concepts while the industry desperately seeks to buckle the downward trend which has impacted revenues and overall profits.
Both domestic and foreign players have ensured that visitors are treated to an array of conventional products while taking a peek at the future of motoring – electric vehicles to be specific. Almost every manufacturer has something to show or talk about as far as electric vehicles (EVs) go.
The struggling Indian market hasn’t dampened the spirit of some new players who are expected to test their fortunes in this market. Among new arrivals are China-based companies like Great Wall Motors and Changan. Both automakers have made their presence felt at the show for the first time.
Here’s a quick look at some the models that were showcased on Day 1 at the Expo.
India’s number one carmaker by volume Maruti presented its Futuro-e electric car concept. The SUV coupe styled machine previews a small electric vehicle that is planned for market launch in 2021. The production model is likely to be based on the WagonR EV, which Maruti reportedly has been testing extensively over the last year.
Chinese brands had an impressive presence at the expo with no less than 14 models from SAIC on display. As a result, there were cars from MG models and other SAIC brands. To fast track models into the market, MG could look at rebadged models from it parent’s kitty. For instance, the Marvel X presented by MG is an electric SUV which itself is the production version of the Roewe Vision-E concept from the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.