Tata Reveals Baleno-Rivalling 45X At Auto Expo 2018


While most carmakers are flaunting their upcoming electric vehicles and future technology at the Auto Expo 2018, Mahindra has made a decision to surprise visitors by also showcasing the Stinger, a sub-4 metre convertible SUV alongside its upcoming EVs at India's largest auto show. This is the World Premiere of the 2nd Generation Honda Amaze and the vehicle is scheduled to be launched in India in FY 18-19.

Hyundai Motor India, the country's second-largest manufacturer of passenger vehicle, launched the new 2018 Elite i20 and unveiled its Global EV, Ioniq.

The company also showcased its 2-seater electric auto - Uniti One - along side a virtual reality demonstration of the 5-seater vehicle. At the heart of this electric vehicle is the efficient "state-of-the-art" direct drive motor developed in partnership with TM4, Canada, one of the most renowned players in the global EV ecosystem.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor unveiled its Yaris sedan which will mark its entry into the mid-sized premium vehicle segment in the country in April. Electric vehicles are expected to be the star attraction. On the group level, BMW unveiled the next-generation of all-new MINI Countryman which will be locally-produced at its plant in Chennai.

With an eye on the government's push for electric-only vehicles by 2030, Tata Motors is displaying an extended range of six EV products in personal and mass mobility segments. Present at the launch was Akshay Kumar who graced the unveiling.

Tata Motors' platform was built around the theme of "Smart Mobility, Smart Cities" and they showcased an electric version of its compact sedan Tigor, which is a fully electric bus.

He, however, did not disclose the investment in the electric vehicle space.

In the two wheeler segment, TVS Motor Company today unveiled its concept electric scooter "Creon" along with a 220cc single cylinder engine concept motorbike "Zeppelin". Both these models are also scheduled to be launched in India in FY 2018-19.

Electric mobility specialists like Sweden's Uniti and two-wheeler makers such as Honda Motorcycle & Scooter will also bring their products to the exposition. Honda is going to launch X-Blade in March 2018 and its Ex-showroom price can be 85,000-90,000 rupees.

India Yamaha Motor announced the launch of its super sports bike YZF-R15, a 155 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-Stoke, fuel injected engine. It also announced the launch of nine new models, including an EV in the Indian market by 2020. The company showcased the concept e-SURVIVOR targeting it to take to the electric transition taking place in the country.