Auto Expo 2020 is merely a month away. It’s an amazing show where a number of carmakers showcase their upcoming vehicles to lakhs of automobile enthusiasts.
Every year Auto Expo comes up with something worth remembering, but this time it’s going to be on a whole new level. While giants like Honda Cars and BMW decided to stay away from Auto Expo 2020, not less than 18 start-ups are said to showcase their products this year.
Around 11 start-ups emerged in the Auto Expo last year. This year, not only the number of start-ups have gone up, but we will witness carmakers showcasing their electronic vehicles in the exhibition.
“Auto expos are increasingly emerging as a platform for startups to showcase their products and increase the visibility of their brand among consumers as well as industry peers. These are smaller firms and participating in such exhibitions gives them the opportunity to reach out, all at once, to varied stakeholders, including media personnel, they would otherwise not have,” said V G Ramakrishnan, managing partner at Avanteum Partners LLP.
However, Ford India, Honda Cars, Toyota Kirloskar, Hero Moto Corp, Ashok Leyland & BMW have decided to skip Auto Expo 2020. The reason being, authorities have asked all the carmakers to roll out their BS-IV compliant vehicles and come up with the BS-VI vehicle range.
Here are following start-ups that are said to be participating in the Auto Expo this year:
- 2-wheeler automobile manufacturer, Okinawa Autotech.
- Devot Motors, electric motorcycle brand.
- eVerve Motors.
- M2go EV, New Delhi based.
- Omjay EV
- Electric moped manufacturer, Sehgal Elmoto.
- ZN Mobility, manufacturer 3-wheelers, and cars.
- Kabira Mobility.
- Charjet E-Mobility, Hyderabad based.
- Jitendra EV Tech, electric scooters, and e-rikshaw brand.
- Champion Poly Plast, e-rikshaw manufacturer.
- Ashoka Systems & Charjet E-Mobility, developers of charging stations for EVs.
- Okinawa Autotech.
- ONB Tech India.
- Raptee Energy.
All these carmakers will display electronic vehicles and products related to electronic vehicles in the show. This year is all about electronic vehicles and BS-VI compliant vehicles.
Let’s have a look at some major carmakers and their products that are said to be rolling out this year in the Auto Expo.
Mahindra & Mahindra will showcase the electronic version of the KUV model this year in Auto Expo. The car is expected to launch in the 1st quarter of the financial year 2020-21. KUV is likely to be priced around ₹ 9 lakh.
Along with Mahindra Thar, 2020 Scorpio, 2nd gen XUV 500 and XUV 300 Mahindra is said to showcase their brand-new vehicles along with BS-VI complaints.
With their stall at Auto Expo this year, the German carmaker will try to transform into an SUV brand in the country. The carmaker is said to launch ID3 which will go on sale in Europe this summer costing around 20K Euros (₹- 23.84 lakhs).
With T-Roc & Tiguan Allspace. T-ROC comes up with a 1.5 ltr petrol engine and it’s a 5-seater giant. While, Tiguan Allspace comes with 2.0 ltr petrol capacity, a 7-seater vehicle. Volkswagen recorded the highest sales in bid to top auto industry.
Hyundai will be rolling out its 2nd-gen Creta & Tucson. Creta comes with a vertical touchscreen system and a panoramic sunroof. Tucson is likely to come up with 2.0 liters of petrol & diesel engines with BS-VI complaints.
India’s largest carmaker is expected to debut petrol versions of Vitara Breeza & S-Cross. S-Cross is said to come up with automatic transmission options. Maruti Suzuki is enjoying its 2nd consecutive month of car production.
Skoda is said to roll out its 2 new SUV vehicles in Auto Expo this year, The Kamiq-based compact SUV & Skoda’s Karoq. Kamiq-based SUV is based on the VW group’s MQB A0 platform. IT’s expected to be in petrol the only option, adding CNG will be optional.
The French-carmaker will be showing its concept vehicle sub-4m SUV (codename HBI) which is said to be a hybrid of Triber & Duster on Indian roads.
Kia’s stall would have their showstopper vehicle, another sub-4m SUV (Codename QYI) during this year’s Auto Expo. The vehicle is said to have similar features of Venue & Seltos.
The luxury carmaker will roll out its 4th gen GLE & 3rd gen GIS on Indian roads with Auto Expo 2020. The company already started accepting orders for its next get GLE.
As far as our own carmaker Tata is concerned, the company is said to introduce its SUV Gravitas. Its electronic vehicle, Nexon EV has already been showcased in production form.
While Gravitas is expected to be quite similar to Buzzard which was introduced in Geneva Motor Show last year.
There is a lot more happening in the Auto Expo this year. Don’t miss out on the amazing fest featuring more than 18 start-ups and a plethora of electric vehicles.
This simply indicates that India is slowly transforming its automobile industry from mere diesel and petrol vehicles to a range of electric vehicles. Let’s hope the best for the electronic vehicle segment in India.