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India’s auto evolution

India’s auto evolution
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First Published: Mon, Jan 11 2010. 09 26 PM IST

Updated: Mon, Jan 11 2010. 09 26 PM IST
The Auto Expo turned a corner in its 10th edition, when the world’s largest auto maker, Toyota Motor, undertook a global launch of the first small car from its stable.
It also underlined the evolution of the Indian automobile market, which moved away from playing catch-up with global launches to setting the trend. The Auto Expo in the Capital, which took a while to get into cruise mode as a biennial event, is today a far cry from being the showcase of functional, utilitarian two- and four-wheeled contraptions whose sole purpose was to get you from point A to point B. Today, it is as much about mobility as it is about style, and there’s a car to suit every pocket. While only 105 companies attended the first edition of the expo held in 1986, around 2,105 companies, including 800 overseas firms, came for Asia’s largest auto show this year, and at least 10 new vehicles were launched globally by companies such as Honda, General Motors and Volkswagen. Along with the small car, Auto Expo 2010 was also big on hybrids. This year’s expo sprawled over an area of 125,000 sq. m and was expected to have around 1.8 million visitors queuing up to witness the snazzy new cars and bikes on display.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 11 2010. 09 26 PM IST