Concept cars and brand new motors.rnHere at the twelfth edition of India's Auto Expo - in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi, both Indian and international...
Concept cars and brand new motors.rnHere at the twelfth edition of India's Auto Expo - in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi, both Indian and international car-makers are showcasing their latest models, concepts and technology variants.rnAs one of the largest shows in Asia, the Auto Expo has thousands of car enthusiasts visiting to catch a glimpse of the latest four-wheeled models.rnThey include a range of luxury cars built to satisfy the county's growing pool of super-rich motoring enthusiasts.rnJaguar Land Rover (JLR) are here showcasing several new SUVs including this longwheel base Range Rover, the upgraded 2014 'Discovery' and a new Range Rover Evoque equipped with a host of new technologies.rnThe company is yet to announce prices for the newly launched vehicles, but that hasn't stopped businessman Akhil Bagga from visiting the JLR pavilion to choose his next vehicle.rn"It's a nice visit for all the cars, you know.
You get all the kind of cars over here, you can get a good exposure for the car technologies.
So it's the best option to come over here and search for the best car," he says.rnAnxious to buy the latest models, India's growing middle class has helped fuel a booming auto industry over the last decade.rnAlso on display at the Auto Expo is "Project 7", a single-seater all-aluminium bodied roadster, and this new F-TYPE coupe sports car.rnA Jaguar statement says their retail sales were 21 percent up in 2013 making them - they claim - to be one of the fastest growing luxury car brands in all of India.rnJaguar Land Rover is owned by Tata Motors, India's largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of approximately 34.7 billion USD in 2012-13.rnThe company said that when it comes to luxury cars, the U.S., Germany and India are the top markets.rnElsewhere at the Auto Expo, car giant Audi are showcasing their e-tron Quattro race car and their new A3 Sedan.rnThe company expects the A3 to do well and plans to introduce it in the Indian market soon.rnPrices will be announced when the vehicle is officially launched.rnDirector of Audi, India, Joe King says consumers here in India are an discerning type of car buyer.rn"My initial feeling is that the consumers are very, very aspirational, they're very, very optimistic," he says.rn"We see a huge potential for example with our A3 sedan, its core to our business, that we bring the right products for the Indian consumer."rnGerman luxury carmaker BMW are here unveiling four new cars here at the Auto Expo, including the BMW i8 - a hybrid sports car which was first seen in the action film 'Mission Impossible 4'.rnThe i8's hybrid system combines an electric motor with a petrol engine.rnThe vehicle also boasts eDrive - BMW's new technology which means the battery can be charged from any mains socket or while driving.rnThe i8 is expected to be launched in India by the end of 2014.rnOther models BMW are launching are the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo - priced at approximately $70,000 USD - the all-new X5 and the M6 Gran Coup�.rnNot to be outdone by luxury car makers, MINI - the premium brand launched in India by BMW in 2012, is displaying various new models including the MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and the MINI Countryman.rnCar enthusiast Mukesh Bhansali says it's hard not to love the MINI Hatch.rn"It's like a girlfriend actually," he says.rn"This is something like, it's a rock solid small car, which gives you a premium look, and it has ultimate interiors, you just see the retro look is there, so that is the reason.
And secondly it has 184 BHP (break horse power) that's a rock solid thing about this car."rnWith the launch of the GLA, Mercedes Benz are thought to be aiming to compete with the BMW X1.rnAround 80 percent of cars sold in India have price tags of under $8,000 USD.rnrnrnrnYou can license this story through AP Archive: www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/8dff8bd686a305d998ff4be3ff27c016 rnFind out more about AP Archive: www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork