2012 Auto Expo Video Preview: Top themes and cars

The Auto Expo 2012, which begins tomorrow, will see around 50 launches and unveilings. And Cartoq will be there to bring you not just the latest news but tons of videos as well—to give you a real feel of the event and cars that would hit our roads soon. Click here for our live coverage of the Auto Expo 2012


The launches, in some ways, are reflective of “your”—the Indian consumer’s—growing clout: Virtually, every car maker in the world has been made look at their model line-ups and show cars that make sense for us. And if that means segments are busted, so be it.

So we have four major car makers—Ford, Renault, Maruti and Hyundai—displaying an entirely new category of cars, the Mini SUVs.

Our preference for affordable cars has the market leader Maruti bringing in two new small cars as well as a mini van—which will pioneer another new segment. Even the venerable German brands have given in to the “affordability’ theme with Mercedes Benz and Audi displaying entry-level A-Class and A3.

Hyundai, though is taking a different tack, going upmarket and challenging Honda and Toyota with Elantra/Avante and the new Sonata/i45.

The theme of the Auto Expo is “Going Green”, which means many carmakers will be showcasing their electric car line up. Mahindra, for one, will be showcasing its Reva NXR which is likely to be launched this April.

Here’s a quick preview of what you are likely to see at the Expo…