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Delhi Auto Expo off to a flying start with slew of car debuts

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In all, as many as 92 new models will be on display for auto enthusiasts

The 13th edition of Delhi Auto Expo got off to a flying start on Wednesday with the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited unveiling its first compact sports utility vehicle or SUV, the Vitara Brezza and its Korean competitor Hyundai upping the ante in the same segment with the all new Tucson.

General Motors India, which is looking to cement its place in the Indian market, announced an all new sedan Chevrolet Essentia that will be launched in 2017.

In all, as many as 92 new models will be on display for auto enthusiasts at the biennial show. However, much excitement was not seen as most of these just involved unveiling of products. Japanese giant Honda Cars unveiled its compact SUV BR-V while its compatriot commercial vehicle maker Isuzu unveiled an adventure utility vehicle, D-MAX V-Cross, which would be manufactured in Andhra Pradesh starting April.

Susumu Hosoi, chairman and representative director, Isuzu Motors, Japan said, “India is gaining huge significance in the global arena thanks to the fast moving economy and thrust on various growth factors. Isuzu will support the endeavour to 'Make in India.”

As many as 51 new vehicles made their debut on the first day of the exposition where several other auto makers also committed to being part of the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative.

For instance, HMSI announced that it will make CRF1000L Africa Twin in India under the 'Make in India' initiative. German car maker Audi launched the next generation Audi R8 V10 plus priced at Rs. 2.47 crore while rival Mercedes unveiled the SUV GLC and S-Class Cabriolet. BMW unveiled the all new BMW 7 series and BMW X1 while Jaguar managed to create some excitement with the launch of Jaguar XE with prices starting from Rs. 39.90 lakh.

Another star attraction was the iconic Jeep brand which announced foray with three models -- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The Ford Mustang, unveiled last month, is expected to generate some excitement.

In the two-wheeler segment, initial buzz was created by Honda Motorcycles and Scooters which unveiled the Navi.

The company says it is a crossover between a bike and a scooter. The 110 cc engine Navi, developed in India from scratch, is priced at Rs 39,500. Suzuki and Yamaha also unveiled new scooters at the exposition.

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