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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 10:25am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Tickets are on sale for the 12th edition of the much-awaited Auto Expo, which will held at a new venue in February.  

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), which sold 400-500 tickets online in the last two days, is hoping for a better turnout.

“We are planning to sell around 75,000 tickets on a daily basis, out of which we expect to sell some 65,000 tickets through online,” said Sugato Sen, deputy director general, SIAM.

At least 50 exhibitors, including some of the new foreign players including Isuzu Motors, would showcase their vehicles at the Motor Show,  while more than 1,200 exhibitors are expected to participate for the component show.

This time the Auto Expo will be divided into two venues — The Motor Show, scheduled on February 7-11 will be held at the new venue the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida — while Pragati Maidan in  New Delhi will continue to host the Component Show to be held during February 6-9.

The industry expects the Motor Show to be at par with the international motor shows, after it got critcised for poor management in the previous expo in 2012.

“Doing it at a new venue is always a challenge and a lot of things can go wrong. We have done everything possible to manage. The primary reason for a new venue was that the show size has increased and in last two expos we have tried very hard,” said Pawan Goenka, executive director, M&M. “Our objective is showcasing India, because it is the largest exposure of the industry to the world,” he said.

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The Auto Expo from the initial information seems will be flooded with new cars and variants.

Maruti Suzuki, the biggest car maker, is all set to launch its new hatchback Cervo to cater to its old and loyal Maruti 800 customer. The car is expected to be priced around Rs 1.50 lakh. Tata Motors will showcase its new hatchback and Mini SUV next year. The hatchback is expected to be a touch above the present Indica Vista and will be equipped with a 1.2 litre engine. Nissan will launching Datsun Go and GO Plus at the expo.

Honda may showcase the Honda Vettle, while Fiat display its Chrysler’s Jeep, which is ready to launch a flurry of products in the Indian market.

SIAM president Vikram Kirloskar said, “In this market you need to keep launching new products come up with some of the variants, so there will be a lot of  launches in the auto expo.”

Among the eagerly awaited variants is the Honda City Diesel. Hyundai is all set to take on Honda Amaze with its new grand i10 sedan, which will debut in the expo.

Apart from that, Renault will also re-launch Duster, as it looks to keep improving the products in order to not lose steam.

Mahindra & Mahindra may also re-launch Scorpio and try to sell Quanto with a facelift.

Prayesh Jain, auto analyst at IIFL, said, “From the past two years utility vehicles have seen a major focus, but this year around the focus will more be on the small car and high-end segment where we expect the revival to happen first.”

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