Green’s the new black as 16th Auto Expo gets off the block
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki – which has been working on expanding its portfolio in the SUV segment – will take the covers off an Electric Concept SUV at the show. On display will also be two all new SUVs from Maruti Suzuki, which along with the all new Brezza and Grand Vitara, have been designed to take on rival’s best-sellers from Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra.
Rival Hyundai is slated to launch the all-electric SUV Ioniq 5, which will be positioned at the premium end of the market. The Korean auto major will also exhibit electric sedan Ioniq 6, fuel cell vehicle Nexo and robot Spot at the show. Kia India will have on display a total of 10 vehicles, which includes a Concept Electric SUV EV9 and Recreational Vehicle KA4.
“The spread of power train options is much wider compared to the previous editions”, said Vinod Aggarwal, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), adding, “Automakers are working on multiple sustainable mobility solutions ranging from biofuels like ethanol, gaseous fuels like CNG, LNG, electrification technologies including EV and hybrid and hydrogen. These will be on display at the motor show.” About 70 vehicles were unveiled and launched at the auto expo in its previous edition in 2020, though the number of global launches was higher at 8.
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