EVs, hybrids to be the buzz at this year's Indian auto expo

EVs, hybrids to be the buzz at this year's Indian auto expo

EVs, hybrids to be the buzz at this year's Indian auto expo

The expo witnessed 65 unveilings and 14 launches, including Hyundai's new Elite i20, Mercedes Maybach S650 priced at Rs 2.73 crore and unveiling of Toyota's mid-sized sedan Yaris and Honda's all-new Amaze, SUV CR-V and premium sedan Civic which will make a comeback to the Indian market.

Besides, Tata Motors has announced it will showcase about six electric vehicles in personal and mass mobility segments.

Among its wide range of electric vehicle concepts was e-KUV100, India's first electric SUV which combines the benefits of an SUV with the unique advantage of an electric vehicle.

India had a year ago announced a plan seen as impractical by most observers to have only electric cars on its roads by 2030.

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors Corp is targeting annual sales of 300,000 vehicles in India from 2021, the head of its local unit said on Wednesday, as it gears up to launch cars in the world's fifth-largest auto market.

Renault India showcased Trezor, an all-electric grand tourer Concept Car.

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha raised the glamour quotient to an all-time high, at Auto Expo The Motor Show 2018 when she unveiled the iconic and awe inspiring "DC TCA". It has rolled out the first batch of electric version of its compact sedan Tigor from its Sanand plant in Gujarat to be supplied to EESL. But the highlights were the six EVs and two novel platforms for its passenger vehicles segment.

Several auto executives, including from M&M and Honda Cars India, said the real game changer will be policy - whether the Centre brings out a new EV policy or retains the existing one.

The new Tata Tamo Racemo Electric Vehicle looks a lot like the regular sportscar that it's based on. It is the 14th edition of the biennial Auto Expo and will see 24 new launches and over 100 unveiling of vehicles.

"The Auto Expo this year is a defining moment in the development of Indian automotive industry".

Ashok Leyland launched its first electric bus, Circuit S, which offers seating facility for around 25 to 35 people. Both these models are also scheduled to be launched in India in FY 2018-19. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has made this bike the same as the CB Hornnet, but the company has given it a big and superior style fuel tank with a brand new full-LED headlamp cluster.

The company also unveiled the new TUV Stinger concept which is powered by an engine from Mahindra's mHawk family delivering 140 BHP power and 320 NM of torque, a statement said. Two-wheeler heavyweight Hero MotoCorp unveiled a 200cc adventure motorcycle "Xpulse".

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