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Auto Expo 2018: Mahindra unveils first convertible SUV 'TUV Stinger'

Auto Expo 2018: Mahindra unveils first convertible SUV 'TUV Stinger'

Electric mobility seems to be the flavour of this year's auto expo with companies including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota, Hyundai, BMW and Mercedes Benz lining up showcases and launches as the country gear towards shift towards eco-friendly vehicles.

Tata Motors, on the other hand, presented its range of six electric vehicles at the Auto Expo.

Hyundai Motor India, the country's second-largest manufacturer of passenger vehicle, launched the new 2018 Elite i20 and unveiled its Global EV, Ioniq. Industry watchers predict that India will take over Japan as the world's third largest auto market by 2020.

"Combining the comfort and space of a sedan with the ability to tackle all kinds of terrain, we intend to storm the market with an SUV that will set new parameters in motoring", said Kia's design chief Peter Schreyer when unveiling the SP Concept. The letters "TCA" stands for "Titanium Carbon Aluminium", which are the materials used in the construction of this auto.

"We are a strong believer in electric, and with a leap of faith, we started investing even before the government announcement", said Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric, now the only company producing electric vehicles in India. Yes, the One will be eligible for a subsidy, as Uniti has tied up with Bird Automotive to assemble the vehicle locally. An electric variant for the formidable Gypsy may not sound as appealing to Gypsy-lovers, but then Maruti does seem to have incorporated newer design elements to make this vehicle future-ready. "Of course, we will need a bigger charging infrastructure of a scale and size that matches India's needs".

The "TUV Stinger" was one such concept, which if launched, will be the carmaker's and, in fact, India's first convertible SUV. The company is expected to launch its first EV in India by 2020.

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Japanese auto maker Honda also displayed its NeuVConcept and Sports EV concept but said it will wait for clarity in policy for EVs in India before firming up any definite plans for the segment. Renault also showcased Zoe e-Sport Concept, the Formula One Racing Car, R.S. 17 and the complete Indian range led by the newly launched Captur and Kwid. The auto closely follows the design and engineering blueprint laid down by the 2011 version of the Kia GT Concept, and will be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company's product line-up.

Ashok Leyland unveiled Circuit-S, an electric bus powered by a swappable smart battery.

It will also showcase a working model of next-generation hybrid technology that promises to bring down emissions, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate electrification of power trains in India.

India's automobile market is now the world's 5th largest, with almost 3.8 million vehicles sold per year.

Four months after the showcasing of XPulse as a concept in Milan, Hero MotoCorp unveiled the first 200 cc adventure motorcycle and debuts in 125 cc scooter segment with Maestro Edge 125 and Duet 125.

Three-wheeler brand, Lohia Auto will launch a number of e-vehicles at Auto Expo 2018.


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