Auto Expo: startups, new entrants take center stage on Day 2

Auto Expo: startups, new entrants take center stage on Day 2

Besides, the rush of unveilings and new product introductions, the event also saw the entry of brands - Kia Motors, Kawasaki and BMW Motorrad - in the Indian market.

"Economic conditions in India have improved and customers want cars that offer value for money", Kookhyun Shim, managing director of Kia Motors India, told Reuters on the sidelines of the country's biennial auto show in Greater Noida near the capital, New Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki India unveiled the concept model of its electric compact sport utility vehicle e-SURVIVOR at the 2018 Auto Expo, in the national capital.

The company, which is slated to bring on-road its first affordable electric vehicle in 2020, is showcasing the futuristic Concept e-Survivor at the show that will open for public on Friday.

"Nothing like this has ever been attempted before on a vehicle this size". SIAM's Styling & Design Group, has been promoting capacity building in the area of styling & design of vehicles and has been striving to develop capabilities in India.

Starkenn Sports launched advance version of the worlds' fastest bike Giant PROPEL ADVANCED DISC and special edition Giant TCR Advanced SL MAGILIA ROSA costing 6.9 lakh. It also announced the launch of nine new models, including an EV in the Indian market by 2020.

Hero Electric, a subsidiary of Hero Motors, launched a new electric scooter codenamed AXLHE-20.

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Auto Expo: startups, new entrants take center stage on Day 2

With EVs being the central theme at Auto Expo 2018, a number of other automotive companies also showcased their electric vehicle models at the show. The company also introduced two new vehicular architecture platforms for passenger vehicles.

M&M's products on display in the EV segment include UDO, a concept two-seater electric mobility pod, ATOM, a last mile urban mobility concept vehicle, and Treo, a lithium ion battery-powered three-wheeler.

Kia motors would launch their first auto in September 2018.

"In order to stitch up a strategy (for EV segment) we are requesting to have a road map regarding plans of charging stations.Without a clear policy it will be hard to select models", Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno told reporters.

Electric two-wheeler maker Twenty Two Motors launched a smart electric scooter "Flow", priced at Rs 74,740, and has plans to roll out over 2 lakh units in three years.

It also unveiled the new "5th Generation Honda CR-V" and the "10th Generation Honda Civic".

Auto Expo 2018 would witness around 24 automobile launches and over 100 unveiling of various products inclusing the two-wheeler and four-wheeler both.

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