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Auto Expo 2016 Will Be Biggest Of Its Kind-Organisers

As many as 1.25 lakh visitors are expected to visit the show everyday, a rise of 20 percent in footfalls over the 2014 exhibition.

The organisers of Auto Expo 2016 on Thursday said its 13th edition from February 5 to 9 here is poised to be the biggest automobile carnival in India till now.

 

As many as 1.25 lakh visitors are expected to visit the show everyday, a rise of 20 percent in footfalls over the 2014 exhibition.

Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Industry and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) will organise the five-day event.

“We applaud the efforts that have gone into making this edition of the Auto Expo bigger, better and more exciting,” SIAM director general Vishnu Mathur said in a statement here.

This year’s Auto Expo will not face a space crunch like the 2014 event as the gross indoor exhibition space has been increased from 67,000 square metres to 73,000 square metres.

Apart from regular exhibitors, Auto Expo 2016 will witness new entrants Abarth, BMW Motorrad, Jeep, DSK Benelli, Polaris and Indian motorcycle.

A ‘Bollywood Corner’ in Hall 16 will showcase cars and bikes used in some famous Hindi movies while members of the superbike clubs in the National Capital Region will ride to the show to pep it up, the statement said.

Tickets for the show are also available at the Metro stations at Rajiv Chowk, Botanical Garden, Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Jasola, Dwarka Sector 12 and M.G. Road.

Autocar India will be bringing you the very latest from the show floor, and these are all the new cars you can look forward to seeing. Keep checking back for regular updates as manufacturers reveal more of their plans.

New Audi R8

Audi’s second-generation model of its popular two-seat sportscar comes with a naturally aspirated 601bhp V10 engine and newly developed Quattro four-wheel drive system. It’ll see off 0-62mph in 3.2sec and has a top speed of around 330kph.

New BMW 7-series

The new luxury flagship sedan has been heavily reworked and comes packed with high-tech features in its classy interior, along with an improved ride and sharper handling. The improvements on the sixth-generation 7-series will help make the new model a much more serious rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-class.

Next-gen BMW X1

The outgoing generation of the X1 was accused of being more a jacked-up estate than a compact SUV, but BMW has completely reworked it for this generation to give it a distinct crossover look. The new car has a more spacious cabin than its predecessor and will be up against fellow premium rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. It’s expected to get BMW’s 189bhp, 2.0-litre diesel engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive xDrive system.

Chevrolet new Beat concept

As well as displaying the new Spark, Chevrolet will also showcase the next-generation crossover-styled Beat as a concept car. The teaser image released shows the front of the car, which includes LED daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps, as well as a thick cladding on the front bumper and roof rails, which hints at the crossover styling. The next-generation Beat is set to be in showrooms in 2017.
Also, the American carmaker will display its new flagship car, the Trailblazer SUV, at the show. Also on display will be the updated Cruze and Beat. Both these models receive mild cosmetic tweaks and additional features through its line-up. Like last year, there are rumours of the Chevrolet Corvette on display too, but unlike the Mustang, there has been no news of an India launch for the Corvette.
Datsun Go-Cross concept

The Go-Cross concept is a crossover-styled version of the seven-seat Go+. It’s based on the same platform, but has a raised ride height, roof rails, skid plate and extra body cladding, as well as LED lights on the front bumper.

Ford Mustang

The iconic Mustang will be available in right-hand drive for the first time when the sixth-generation model arrives in India. The full-blooded 437bhp, 5.0-litre V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox is likely to be the only option available in the country, and prices could be around Rs 80 lakh. It’s lighter than its predecessor and comes with a bigger, better quality cabin, as well as 19-inch alloys, a 2.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and four driving modes.

Honda BR-V SUV

The BR-V marks Honda’s entry into the popular small SUV segment. It’s based on the same platform as the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio and will rival the Hyundai Creta as well as the new Maruti Vitara Brezza, which will make its debut at the Auto Expo 2016. The BR-V will come with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines and three rows of seats. Production is not expected to start before April 2017.

Jaguar F-Pace SUV

The manufacturer’s first ever SUV will be a key sales driver globally when it goes on sale this year. It could launch in India towards the second half of 2016, priced somewhere around Rs 60 lakh. Based on the same platform as the XE and XF, the exterior styling of the F-Pace draws on elements from the F-Type coupe but translates it into the SUV segment with a kerb weight of 298kg and, according toJaguar, class-leading ground clearance of 213mm.

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