Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The 11th Auto Expo in New Delhi promises so much with overwhelming participation from 23 countries. And it has definitely lived up to all the hype. This year's Auto Expo saw the participation of some big companies like the off Road vehicle maker Polaris, BMW Motorrad, UK based bike makers Triumph, Peugeot Citreon etc for the first time. As many as 55 new Cars were launched at the Expo. The only letdown has been the raucous crowd and the inability of the management to bring everything under control. At times, popular shows have to be closed down to avoid stampede like situation. With the authorities already considering possible shift in the venue next year, this might be the last time Delhites will get to enjoy the show. From the show we bring to you some of the best parts of the Auto Expo 2012. Enjoy the Photo feature!
The first car from Bajaj, the RE 60 is one of the most eagerly awaited car of the year. It promises to be the cheapest car in the world beating Tata Nano, but it is still yet to be seen. This car was one of the main attraction in the Auto Expo, as it is made available to public view for the first time. 
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is another vehicle keenly observed by everyone. It resembles the Ritz in terms of style.  The Ertiga will be India's first three-row MPV and will be powered by the K-14 VVT range of engines which also made its debut at the Expo. It will be available in both petrol and diesel variants.   
 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is hunky and has a big attitude. Many guys were surely captivated by this beauty. 
Nissan LEAF is a 100 percent electric run and zero emission car. LEAF stands for Leading, Environmentally Friendly , Affordable, Family Car. This car is the future. 
The Hyundai New Sonata which was launched at the Auto Expo. 
This bike from Polaris looks more like a mini car. It is one of the bulkiest two wheeler I've ever seen. Soon to launch next year, this will be the first of its kind in India. 
Renault Formula 1 race Car is a beauty. How many time do we get to see such cars? 
The BMW's attracts too many crowd and it was a great disappointment to to be able to see the cars up close. If management was bad, the crowd was even worse. Security was tightened  due to the fear of Stampede like situation. It was hard to believe that we were watching the show for Rs, 500 and not just pushing for free entries. 
This one from Volkswagen possesses a killer look. Apart from the popular Beetle, this XL1 is one of the best Volkswagen Car to be showcased here. 
Apart from roping in Bollywood Stars,  models to some extend made the most of it. But these beautiful damsels always manages to draw crowd around them. 
A Harley Davidson model Street Bob. Though It is still a budding market with just one showroom in Delhi (Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj), it might turn around in just few years with the growing Indian economy. 
Made for the eyes, this Mercedes Benz AMG is a perfect blend of style and elegance. 
Crowd gather outside the BMW Pavilion. Delhi is as crazy about Vehicles as it is about cricket. All the pushing and jostling can be a bit of a dampener to the otherwise breathtaking showcase of some of the best vehicles in the world. My greatest disappointment was missing out on the Ferrari and Chevrolet Pavilions because it was closed down due to security concerns and over excited crowd. Poor crowd management has been the highlight of this years Auto Expo. Better management and crowd control will do very well for the event.

Where: Pragati Maidan
Where to get ticket: Pragati Maidan Metro Station
Entry Ticket: RS. 500 for premium and Rs200 for general tickets. By buying the Premium tickets one can examine the engine without too much rush. Ordinary ticket are made available at Rs.200 only after 1pm.
Last Day: 11 January 2012


  1. Real beauties. Though crowd management was a big failure this year, am sure those who got to glimpse of those stunning cars and bikes, really enjoyed the event.
    Will look forward to attending the event in 2012. Hope better management prevails.