New Delhi Auto Expo

New Delhi Auto Expo

  [en_in] The New Delhi Auto Expo was held for the first time in 1986 and since then it has grown to become the largest in Asia. The event is held every alternate year and the 2012 expo will be the 11th ever. The expo is held in the first week of January and features passenger cars, motorcycles, utility vehicles, automobile parts etc.

Given the reputation Suzuki has established in the industry, it wouldn’t be too out there if you thought that the Japanese automaker was capable of rolling out an impressive-looking concept .

Yet there it was at the New Delhi Auto Show where Suzuki, together with its partner, Maruti, unveiled the Concept CIAZ sedan . We don’t know what Suzuki has in store for the concept, other than plans to offer its in markets India and China.

But given what we’re looking at, we really wouldn’t mind seeing the Concept CIAZ, in production guise, make its way to American soil. It’s got promise, that much we can give you. But, with Suzuki pulling out of the American market recently, there is little to no chance that this concept or any other Suzuki will hit the U.S. market any time soon.

Performance numbers will be determined in the future, but from what we’re seeing, we have to give both Suzuki and Maruti some serious props for designing a sedan that looks and feels more than what it’s expected to stand for.

Click past the jump to read more about Maruti Suzuki Concept CIAZ

Nissan’s plan to relaunch its Datsun sub-brand is moving along nicely with the introduction of the redo-Go Concept, a crossover-riding hatchback that could make its way into the emerging Indian market sooner than later.

Although Datsun has no immediate plans of turning the redi-Go Concept into a full-fledged production car, the mere development of the ride does point to a positive trend moving forward for the recently re-launched Nissan sub-brand.

We remember what Datsun was when it was around years ago, and while it’s got a long way to go to recapture its old magic, this new concept vehicle is a good way to start off its reemergence. If anything, the redi-Go looks like a crossover hatch that’s ready for production right now.

That is if Datsun is prepared to take that leap after just getting back into the game. It might hold off on it for a little while, but rest assured, a lot of people in the industry will be keen to see how it’s return to the game moves from here.

Click past the jump to know more about Datsun redi-GO Concept

Maruti Suzuki’s billing as the largest car maker in India comes with some responsibilities, one of which is releasing vehicles that will help the company keep its place in the said pecking order.

Well, the company took a big step in that direction with the unveiling of the new SX4 S-Cross crossover. Looking a lot like the Suzuki Grand Vitara , the SX4 S-Cross is being tipped as a worthy entrant into the burgeoning crossover market in India.

As far as credentials go, the Maruti-Suzuki carries a whole lot of it and its betting on the SX4 S-Cross to be able to carve a niche for itself once it goes on sale in the country in the not-so-distant future. The crossover is being tipped to carry a 1.6-liter gas engine that’s capable of producing 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly all-conquering numbers but given the choices you have in the Indian market, that’s more than enough to be right up there in class.

Likewise, the SX4 S-Cross is also expected to be have four-wheel drive capabilities with the engine mated to a six-speed transmission. And as far as safety goes, customers should feel good about the SX4 S-Cross after it received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. In case you don’t know, those are the highest of marks a vehicle can get.

Click past the jump to read more about Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

We have another tiny SUV concept that is making its Indian debut at the Delhi Auto Show. Volkswagen’s upcoming Taigun SUV has been shown in multiple versions of “concept” form, and the latest update has graced the stands and eyes of the Delhi Auto Show.

The new Taigun is a tiny soft-roader that fits under the Tiguan in the VW lineup. It will be powered by a new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbocharged gas engine with 81 horsepower. That might not seem like a lot, but this car is being aimed at markets like Brazil and India, and it’s extremely small and light. With an exterior length of just 152 inches, the Taigun is more than 22 inches shorter than VW’s smallest SUV sold in the States.

This is likely the last pre-production version of the Taigun we will see before Volkswagen unveils the official production version.

Read on to see just how much we know about this tiny German SUV.

So, what happens when a Kia Soul and a Chevy HHR decide to have little babies? Well, you get this really, really weird concept that showed its awkward self at the Delhi Auto Expo . We’re not saying that the Adra Concept is ugly or anything... well, okay, maybe we are, but it at least falls under the 4 meter (157-inch) length required for a tax break in India, right? No sir, it does not. The Adra is actually 4.2 meters (165 inches), so you can nix that thought.

Honestly though, from the front end, the Adra Concept actually looks fairly decent, though that high roof is not my cup of tea. Its front fascia is pretty stylish and modern, the apron is sporty, and its sweptback headlights are really sharp. Around back, however, things quickly head south, as it is way too bland and that short rear overhang combined with the high roofline just looks strange.

What the Adra offers is a high seating position, so drivers get a good view of the road, more ground clearance and a pretty roomy cabin for its relatively petite footprint.

There’s no mention of what’s going on under the hood, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see it come with the same 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine found in the Chevy Beat — called the Spark in the U.S. — with about 60 horsepower.

We’re willing to bet (read: hope) that this model stays right at home in India, if it ever reaches production.

Click past the jump to read more on the Adra Concept


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