The 2018 Auto Expo is slated to be held from 9th to 14th February 2018 at Greater Noida, near the Indian capital. Well; the counting has already begun for the show that occurs once every two years as it’s just a few weeks away. This is one of the biggest automotive events in the country.
2018 Auto Expo still got the hype up for most of the automotive enthusiast, even though the participant of the event decreased. A little bit smaller from the 2016 event, some big names monitored to be taking absent in this year’s event. The big guys that confirmed they will not showcasing themselves on the exhibition floor includes likes of Volkswagen, Jaguar, Jeep, Datsun, Nissan, Land Rover, Audi, Fiat, Ford, Skoda, and Isuzu.
Rumors flew around about why the big companies withdrew themselves. But it is known that attending such a huge event could be a major bill for the company. Presenting some models, or some well-known names on the showbiz industry to attract attentions and visitors, making the manufacturers spend pretty big sum. Still, a visitors’ attraction will not be completed without some great floor display. That adds another cost to the bills.
The no-boundaries realm of World Wide Web and the entire subsidiary such as blogs, video channels, social media, sure do change how people interact with each other at big times. So does how consumer interacts with the automobile manufacturers.
The awakening of social media means a world with fewer boundaries, or no boundaries at all. So to reach the potential buyers, the manufacturers could create some integrated internet campaign to make an engagement with the target segment, with so minimal amount to spend.
Of course it is not the only way to unveil the new products.
Manufacturers like Volvo, who was also opted-out for this year’s Auto Expo, now prefer to introducing their new products at their Sweden-based headquarters, and inviting auto-journalists there.
Creating more focused, smaller events that hit their target market right from the start is the new way car makers now chose, because it seen as more efficient way to reach potential buyers.
This year’s Auto Expo still does have its own charm. Seeing a car, feeling the body panel contours, sitting on the seat, reaching the steering wheel by your own hand, meeting very like-minded people who shares same passion about automotive, have an irreplaceable feelings for sure.
Smaller but still got its own fanciness, worth to be noted that even though some of the big guys are not around this year, some manufacturers widen their display floor, some still launch their product for the first time, and some still full of energy and excitement about it. Still you have plenty of great options from the car makers to select to.
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Here are 5 cars that are affordable and compact cars, estimated to be sold under Rs 10 Lakh.
Honda Amaze: Next-Gen
Promised to be having higher safety standard and more comfort, 2018 Honda Amaze not just doing some cosmetically facelifts, but also got some major makeover.
Honda has sold Amaze for more than 2,50,000 units since the time it was launched in April, 2013. The unveiling of the production-ready model new Amaze in the Auto Expo for global market, will mark Honda’s optimism that the market of compact and sport sedan still will not stop.
Major changes that happened to the Amaze model are an answer from Honda to grab some of the market share that has been led by Suzuki Dzire, especially since Suzuki Dzire did some major changes earlier, offers better things from its predecessor, raised the bar on the game.
1.2 Litre Petrol engine that generates 88 HP still employed by Honda from the previous model, along with the 1.5 Litre Diesel engine, that made the same 100 Horse Power as the previous one.
Soon to be revealed in the 2018 Auto Expo, the X451, the new product codenamed by Tata, is projected to be another contender on the India’s hatchback war arena.
Built on the new Advanced Modular Platform, or AMP to be short, this hatchback predicted to be quite a seducer for those who want a sexy premium hatch.
AMP chassis technology that has been patented by Tata, is the new chassis platform whom Tata planned to use on all their compact cars from now on, with the new Impact Design 2.0 credo.
The Tata Tiago engine itself was used in this car, tweaked to generate a little bit more power and torque, to carry somewhat bigger body, 20 cm longer than Tiago.
Hyundai Elite i20
Firstly introduced in 2014, Hyundai Elite i20 has become quite a favorite car. The stylish design cues are unmistakably one of the best on the hot hatch war field. But as the time goes, some refreshment indeed needs to be made, to try staying ahead in the game.
Been spotted while road-tested a few times, the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 is expected to have some exterior makeover, such as new taillights updated with slightly different array of LEDs, and a single opening grille.
While the exterior got some light touch-ups, the engine still remains as it is, with 1.4 Litre diesel engine with manual gearbox, or if you prefer the Petrol version, you’ll likely to chose from 1.2 Litre and 1.4 Litre capacity.
The interior are supposed to not change pretty much, based on how already comfy it is.
The Mumbai-based company who’s been in partner with Korean car manufacturer SsangYong, planned to offer smaller, more compact car to rival another challenger on the Compact SUV market, such as Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
The car that was taken from SsangYong as base platform is SsangYong Tivoli. It will be heavily tweaked to meet the specifications that Indian market needs.
Full of gadget and features was usually a trademark from Mahindra, so on the S201, we would not expect less. ABS, EBD, Dual Airbags, infotainment systems complete with touchscreen control and an automatic climate control possibly would be offered as a standard.
Expected to come in automatic and manual transmission from the factory, Mahindra is also likely to offer some choices in engines, such as 1.5 Litre Diesel, or turbocharged 1.5 Litre Petrol engine.
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After 16 years clawing their name on India’s land, in 2014 the iconic Santro badge from Hyundai was sadly discontinued. Year 1998 was the first time Hyundai Santro was launched, which had helped Hyundai to broaden its market in India.
But no need to be a bit melodramatic anymore, because the little mighty car is back! And Hyundai picked the 2018 Auto Expo as their revival ground for the new Hyundai Santro.
Estimated almost ready to be assembled, Hyundai Santro is expected to be launched around the middle of the year, with an all-new design that’s far from old design nuances. Santro will enter the battle arena comprising of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Tata Tiago.
As per this article written, what engine would be used in the car, we still could not confirm. But judging from the rivals that implements small engine, Hyundai Santro would not fall far from it. Around about 1.0 Litre capacity, to reduce weight, pressing production cost, and last but not least, chasing fuel efficiency.
While few major companies withdraw themselves from this year Auto Expo, those who stay still offers interesting products, especially on the smaller, more compact market.
Which affordable and compact Cars would you chose and why? Or you have another car to be mentioned as contender? Please do write to us India Autoz.