Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Auto Expo 2018: Mahindra unveils first convertible SUV 'TUV Stinger'

Startups new entrants take centre stage Auto Expo 2018: Mahindra unveils first convertible SUV 'TUV Stinger'
Stacy Diaz | 09 February, 2018, 03:04

Separately, Kia'a President Han-Woo Park told reporters at the event that the carmaker would focus on launching SUVs and hatchbacks in India and was also looking at introducing a compact electric vehicle.

"As India aspires to global leadership on climate action, the time is right to develop sustainable mobility solutions for the future", said Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman of the Mahindra Group. Following the government's intent to make India an all-electric vehicle market by 2030, Tata Motors reaffirmed its commitment to electric vehicles at the Auto Expo 2018 on Wednesday.

The show has seen over 20 model launches and plenty of brands manifesting their electric vehicle and hybrid concepts.

With green technology as the theme of Auto Expo 2018, brand like gMaruti Suzuki India Ltd, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, and Tata Motors Ltd have showcased their stronger presence in the field.

The company also unveiled its South Korean part SsangYong's G4 Rexton SUV, which is all set to launch later this year in the Indian market under the Mahindra umbrella.

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Japanese auto maker Honda also displayed its NeuVConcept and Sports EV concept but said it will wait for clarity in policy for EVs in India before firming up any definite plans for the segment.

Autocar in the United Kingdom has been told by a spokesperson from Kia that there are no plans to sell this particular model outside India, although its impressive styling and many of its technical features will be making appearances in future global offerings.

Similarly, French auto major Renault showcased its electric concept cars TREZOR and ZOE e-Sport and said it is awaiting a clear policy and road map on infrastructure for electric vehicles to take a long-term strategic decision. It will have a powerful electric drive of 300kW total output with a range of up to 500 km along with driver assistance systems for maximum safety, the company said. It also unveiled two scooters - "Maestro Edge 125" and "Duet 125". The company is showcasing "smart mobility" as a concept in this season of the Auto Expo.

Two-wheeler heavyweight Hero MotoCorp unveiled a 200cc adventure motorcycle "Xpulse".