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Concept cars to drive Auto Expo
Published on 23 Dec. 2009 11:00 PM IST
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Get set for a dose full of high-adrenaline action as the biennial Auto Expo kicks off on January 5, promising a week full of new vehicle launches and unveilings. In its tenth edition, the Delhi Auto Expo will be the largest-ever staged by the country with the organisers expecting around 18 lakh visitors. While the Tata Nano was the showstopper in the last edition two years back, this time visitors can expect a string of new unveilings and launches, including of small cars, hybrid and electric vehicles. The most notable of the unveilings would be the two concept cars from Japanese car majors Honda and Toyota. Honda will display the concept of its under-development low-cost car that is being built for India and other emerging nations. While the car will hit the market around 2012, the concept is likely to give an idea on what the company plans to drive in as its cheapest offering in the market. Toyota also has similar plans and will be unveiling the concept of its new, and only, mini car for India that hits the roads towards the end of 2010. Company officials said this concept was a near-final design of the company’s small car. Other compact cars that would be on display at the Expo would be the Chevrolet Beat from General Motors and Polo by Volkswagen — both of which get launched around March. Maruti Suzuki will unveil the concept for a small multi-utility vehicle, while launching a new van Eeco. The company will also display its Kizashi sedan at the Expo. In line with the focus on environmentally-clean technologies, there would also be a doze of hybrids and electric cars at the Expo. While Toyota will unveil its globally-hit Prius hybrid, Honda will exhibit the CR-Z Concept 2009, a concept model for a new hybrid that was unveiled for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show in October this year. GM will also unveil an electric version of the Spark mini car that it is building in partnership with Bangalore’s Reva Electric Car. Hyundai will also unveil the electric version of its i10 mini car.

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