If things go as per plan, people in Gujarat might not have to travel to neighbouring states to buy India’s first designed sports car - DC Avanti. Reason, the car’s designer, Dilip Chhabria, plans to open two showrooms to sell specially designed
automobiles in Gujarat by December.
Chhabria said his plan is to open the showrooms on franchise model in Ahmedabad and Surat. He shared the details with mediapersons at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) while participating in the institute’s annual technical summit, Amalthea, on Saturday.
The event, which also hosted an exhibition of vintage cars and other cars like the country’s first super car, Avanti, and brands like Audi and Tata, witnessed participation of students from institutes like National Institute of Design (NID), Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Nirma University and others. The engineers of Tata Motors disassembled Tata Nano to help students understand the engineering involved in the Rs1 lakh car.
Speaking at the event, founder of DC Designs, Chhabria, encouraged students to come out of the comfort zone and work harder. Talking about the importance of design in the automotive industry, he said that sales of cars are more often dictated by design and not effectiveness, reliability, price or fuel efficiency, states an official communique from the institute.
Chhabria told the young engineers that while designing, a designer must keep in mind the reason for which the customer has approached him or her and deliver their needs in a manner that differentiates the model from the rest. Giving more design tips he said, “A designer must focus into the future, like 10 years down the line and see if the design will still look fresh.”
Around 5,000 students attended the first day of the summit. It was inaugurated by senior IAS officer, Maheshwar Sahoo, principal secretary, industry and mines in Gujarat along with IIT GN’s director, Dr Sudhir K Jain, and Automotive Component Manufacturer’s Association of India director, Vinnie Mehta.