Kia Stinger showcased at Auto Expo 2018

09 February, 2018, 03:41 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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While luxury auto maker Mercedes Benz showcased the Concept EQ, an all-electric vehicle, BMW showcased its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, The company said it planned to launch four new products in India in 2018 and one among them would be a hybrid. The company also displayed its futuristic range of products, including SsangYong Motor's new G4 Rexton, the global SUV with Mahindra badging, which will be launched in India with an all-new brand name, the TUV Stinger, a convertible SUV. Concept cars and ready-to-launch models powered by regular internal combustion engines also vied for attention.

Homegrown auto majors Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra are on par with their foreign counterparts in showcasing future mobility products at the Auto Expo.

The move is also in line with the government's mission of having only electric vehicles being sold by 2030.

Several auto executives, including from M&M and Honda Cars India, said the real game changer will be policy - whether the Centre brings out a new EV policy or retains the existing one.

French automaker also showcased ZOE e-Sport Concept, its fully electric concept vehicle. It also showcased the working model of a hybrid vehicle.


Similarly, compatriot BMW India also showcased its showcased plug in hybrid electric vehicle i8 Roadster, which will be launched in India later this year along with i3S, an electric vehicle with a range of over 280 km per charge. It was also seen in commercial vehicles applications, specially buses. The Emflux One, India's first electric superbike, is priced at Rs 6 lakh for the standard version and Rs 11 lakh for the top-end model.

"Our vision is to transform public transportation by designing, developing, and marketing a breakthrough, India- specific solution that makes our city buses emission-free, cost-effective and scalable", Ashok Leyland Managing Director Vinod K Dasari said.

Currently, Lohia Auto manufactures electric and diesel vehicles comprising two and three wheelers.

Besides, Electric Auto, Lohia is also showcasing dual power battery and solar run electric rickshaw and an electric scooter equipped with a lithium ion battery.

Hero Electric also unveiled eight of its global products in India, at the expo and the company said it planned to launch these products in a phased manner.

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