suvs rev up at delhi auto show
Last Updated : GMT 06:41:18
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Despite pollution crackdown

SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today SUVs rev up at Delhi auto show

Indian bollywood actress Katrina Kaif
New Delhi - Arab Today

India's flagship auto show opened its doors in New Delhi Wednesday with a new batch of diesel-guzzling SUVs on proud display, despite industry uncertainty about a pollution crackdown targeting motorists in the capital.

More than 80 vehicle launches were expected at the Auto Expo 2016, the biggest edition in the show's 30-year history, with the Fiat Chrysler-owned Jeep making its India debut and hoping to capitalise on the popularity of sports utility vehicles.

SUVs pouring onto the roads have been partly blamed for the Indian capital's toxic air which the World Health Organization has ranked the worst on the planet.

The Delhi government and the courts have announced a string of measures to tackle the crisis, including a ban until March 31 on registration of new diesel cars with an engine capacity of two litres or more -- typical of large SUVs or luxury cars.
Although the moves have rattled the industry, carmakers  Wednesday showed off their new SUVs -- including many smaller, cheaper versions of the cars that can more easily navigate chaotic city streets, aimed at young urban buyers.

Among those unveiling these "compact SUVs" was Maruti Suzuki, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese carmaker better known for its dominance in the small car market, which was holding the global premiere of its Vitara Brezza.

Jeep acknowledged it faced the task of reclaiming its 75-year-old brand name in the Indian market, where SUVs are often called simply "jeeps". There are plans to target affluent consumers with its luxury 4x4s.

"The SUV segment is poised to take a quantum leap in the coming years in light of the emerging market trends," said Kevin Flynn, president and managing director of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles India.

"Jeep is our name and we intend to capture it for ourselves."

Jeep's Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee models will be on sale from mid-2016, while it plans to invest $280 million in its plant in Ranjangaon that will produce an "all-new Jeep", the carmaker said.

India's biggest carmaker Tata Motors showed off a range of new models as it tries to broaden its flagging market share, including two forthcoming SUVs and the Zica hatchback -- which it plans to rename following the spread of the Zika virus.

"We recognise the need to improve air quality, but when we look at the targets being set, they should be set based on emissions -- limits on emissions" rather than restrictions on engine size, Timothy Leverton, Tata's head of research and development, told AFP.

- Hybrid cars on show -

Industry insiders say there are fears that the ban on large diesel cars could be extended to other cities also trying to combat air pollution, or extended for a longer term.

Carmakers are rushing to offer petrol-powered versions of their vehicles as well as diesel, for fear motorists may shun the dirtier fuel.

"Right now the impact is not too much, but more and more in India, customers are becoming aware of it," Abdul Majeed, a partner at consultancy firm Price Waterhouse and auto industry expert, told AFP.

With polluting cars in the frame, electric and hybrid vehicles -- still a niche market in India -- also made a strong showing at the Expo, including the BMW i8, a rare example of a hybrid sports car.

Toyota, whose Prius and Camry hybrids are among those most sought-after by environmentally conscious consumers, said inquiries about the Camry doubled in January.

India, the world's fifth biggest auto market, has an extremely low number of cars for its 1.2 billion people, with industry figures suggesting there are as few as 16 per 1,000 people.

But despite its huge potential, the domestic passenger car market has performed poorly in recent years with sales growth flat or in single digits, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers says.

After two days of press previews, the show will open to the public on Friday and run until next Tuesday.
Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

GMT 06:21 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Volkswagen clinches record sales

GMT 09:41 2018 Saturday ,20 January

in VW's next-generation Golf

GMT 01:20 2018 Friday ,19 January

Trucks and SUVs are king

GMT 02:49 2018 Thursday ,18 January

BMW aims to reignite US car sales

GMT 02:36 2018 Wednesday ,17 January

Renault posts record year

GMT 05:17 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

Yamaha motorcycle comes on command

GMT 10:09 2018 Monday ,15 January

Detroit Auto Show opens on Sunday

GMT 08:40 2018 Sunday ,14 January

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

suvs rev up at delhi auto show suvs rev up at delhi auto show

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

suvs rev up at delhi auto show suvs rev up at delhi auto show

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 10:35 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Arab Today, arab today New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 02:36 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today France sanctions businesses linked

GMT 01:58 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

France sanctions businesses linked
Arab Today, arab today Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 02:09 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 07:22 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 07:23 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 20:34 2018 Saturday ,20 January

Bahrain press headlines

GMT 22:38 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Bahrain Press headlines

GMT 16:25 2016 Thursday ,22 December

Italian bank Monte Paschi edges closer to state bailout

GMT 06:03 2014 Wednesday ,09 April

Please .. Let Gaza breathe!

GMT 09:12 2017 Friday ,17 November

Gleam Futures represents Grace Beverley

GMT 04:18 2017 Sunday ,26 November

Bella magazine appoints celebrity writer

GMT 06:00 2017 Sunday ,29 October

Childrenswear brand Once appoints Dyelog

GMT 16:33 2014 Thursday ,13 November

Al-Ehtimam Bil Aakhareen

GMT 03:34 2017 Sunday ,05 November

Needle & Thread relocates press office

GMT 14:56 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Ryanair says formally recognises pilots' union

GMT 01:41 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Moroccan video sparks debate on sexual harassment
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday