India Auto Expo 2014 : Watch Out

The automotive scene in India has drastically improved in the last 10 yrs,  the big car and motorcycle companies have realized India’s increasing market and many luxury and sports vehicle manufactures have invested a lot of money in India.I personally have always had a complaint though,  that these manufactures used to always give us the second  models, for example the civic in India was a model older then the Civic anywhere else in the world and this was the story with most of the cars being imported into India.

Now the case seems to have changed , at least now if i buy a Honda city over here in India i will able to send a pic of my car to my cousins in the UK . The  expectation level for this expo though is  at a different level altogether. The India Expo 2014 is expected to have about 70 different vehicles on display ,but the top ten to look out for at this expo are

Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback that will get 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder K-Series petrol engine that develops of 67bhp and 90Nm of peak torque. Celerio will introduce Auto Gear Shift, which will have the flexibility of both manual mode and auto drive mode in the same car, with a simple shift of gear lever. Maruti claims a mileage figure of 23.1kmpl.

The Datsun Go which will be priced under Rs. 4 lakhs in India and will be powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder engine, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox churning out  68 PS and 104 Nm. The engine though is the same as that on the Nissan Micra

Honda’s redesigned Jazz , which Honda plans to price right this time. The car wasn’t bad before , its just that with the various engine options its a tad better this time.

VW’s Taigun a concept, based on a stretched version of the VW Up’s NSF (New Small Family) platform,With its bold, clean styling, the Taigun is sure to appeal to the Indian psyche. It looks a lot less radical than the Ford EcoSport and its less controversial lines are designed to appeal to everyone and offend no one.Its clean, minimalist look aims at being visually clear and simple to use.

Honda Mobilio a MPV based on the Honda Brio Platform will be available with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel  engines. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Audi is all set to unveil its much awaited A3 sedan, Audi will also showcase special editions of Q3, Q5, the sportier SQ5, Q7 and its recently launched sports car Audi RS 7 Sportback

The BMW 3 Series GT is something everybody should look out for , it is 200mm longer, 50mm taller and 17mm wider than the regular 3 Series model. The GT 3 Series comes with a 2-liter diesel engine producing 184bhp, while the petrol variant gets 2.0-liter motor developing 245bhp of power output.

Mercedes-Benz India will unveil the dynamically styled Concept GLA and CLA45 AMG . The AMG 2.0-liter turbo engine, with a maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton meters of torque, is the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production in the world.

The New Hyundai Santa Fe will be finally launched  this time in India. he full-sized SUV is expected to undercut Toyota Fortuner in terms of pricing when it is launched.The new Santa Fe will have a more appealing presence, derived from Hyundai’s fluidic design philosophy.