Delhi Auto Expo 2014 (Part 2): Korean, European & US OEMs and parts suppliers
Small SUV concept hinting future model plans revealed by automakers
India Expo Mart venue with Tata Motors booth photographed at the center
This report covers exhibits by Hyundai Motors and U.S. and European automakers at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.. Click for the earlier report covering Indian and Japanese OEMs at the Auto Expo.
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) announced the Xcent sedan version of the Grand i10 sub-compact hatchback. Visitors to the Auto Expo this year witnessed many compact SUV concepts unveiled by American and European automakers. The exhibited concepts include the Chevrolet Adra by General Motors (GM), the Taigun by Volkswagen (VW), the KWID Concept by Renault, and Avventura by Fiat.
The second part of this report introduces exhibitions by parts suppliers at the "The 12th Auto Expo 2014 Components" held concurrently at another venue. It was held at Pragati Maidan, which is located in the central part of New Delhi. Click for a detailed report of exhibits by major parts suppliers. Lastly, a brief description of the venues and their vicinity is summarized.
Delhi Auto Expo 2014 (part 1): Indian and Japanese OEM highlights (Mar. 2014)
Tata Motors Group looks to JLR to boost profits (Dec. 2013)
India: Japanese OEMs to boost capacity in anticipation of long-term growth (Oct. 2013)
Japanese suppliers urged to invest in India (Sep. 2013)
Hyundai Motor: Sub-compact Xcent Sedan
Hyundai Motor's booth was at the Hall 3 behind the Maruti Suzuki's booth that faced the plaza. The two companies' booths were almost similar in size. Displayed at the center stage were the HND-9 concept. The Xcent sub-compact sedan was also unveiled. In addition, Hyundai exhibited the Verna, Sonata, Elantra, Santa Fe and Grand i10, as well as i20 WRC that was built for FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with racing specifications.
|Sub-compact Sedan Xcent||Hyundai unveiled the Xcent, a sedan version of the Grand i10 sub-compact hatchback launched in September 2013. Its length is less than 4 meters that can benefit from the applicable tax privilege in India. The vehicle is driven by a 1.2-liter inline 4-cylinder or 1.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine combined with the 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The Xcent is slated for launch in India in March 2014.|
|Sub-compact Sedan Xcent||Premium coupe concept HND-9|
GM: ADRA SUV Concept
GM displayed occupied half of rthe Hall 5 and its booth was located between Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor. It unveiled the Chevrolet ADRA. GM also exhibited the Enjoy, Beat, and customized version of the Sail. Most eye-catching of all were the latest models of the Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro.
|SUV Concept ADRA||GM's Chevrolet ADRA Concept made a world premiere. The crossover SUV, less than 4 meters in length, was designed by Indian designers and was developed at GM's technical center in India.|
|Chevrolet Enjoy||The all-new 7- or 8-seater MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) is based on the Wuling Hongguang by SAIC-GM-Wuling. It is assembled at Halol plant in Gujarat, India, using kits imported from China. The Chevrolet Enjoy was launched in May 2013.|
|SUV concept ADRA||Chevrolet Enjoy|
Ford: B-segment Figo Concept Sedan
Ford had its booth at the Hall 1 located far from the central plaza but very close to the VIP entry gate. Ford shared the hall with Isuzu and DC Design. The company displayed the Figo Concept and Fiesta at the main stage. Ford also exhibited cutaway models of the 1.5-liter diesel engine and 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine. The Figo wearing many media's logo marks was displayed on the floor as "the car most praised by automotive media in India."
|B-segument Figo Concept||The all-new B-segment Figo Concept is a sub-compact car slightly smaller in size than the Fiesta. It was developed as a global model for emerging markets following the Ka that was unveiled in November 2013 in Brazil. According to Ford, the Figo offers all next-generation features expected for compact cars such as the posh design, a roomy cabin with an onboard entertainment system.|
|B-segment Figo Concept||Ford Fiesta|
VW: Taigun compact SUV Concept
Volkswagen shared the venue with Skoda and Nissan at the Hall 12, which is most far away from the central plaza. Displayed at the center stage was VW's Polo R Cup version designed for the one-make racing specifications in India. The Taigun Concept was displayed behind it. both models attracted visitors' attentions.
|Compact SUV concept Taigun||VW unveiled an off-road variant of the Taigun compact SUV concept. The Taigun is a SUV based on the up! compact and it first appeared in Sao Paulo Motor Show in October 2012. The off-road version displayed during the Auto Expo in India has a spare tire in the rear and the open and close mechanism of the tail-gate has been changed.|
|The Taigun on display measures 3,859mm in length, 1,728mm in width and 1,570mm in height. It has a 2,470mm wheelbase and weighs 998kg. It is powered by a 1.0-liter direct-injection inline 3-cylinder turbo (max. output 110ps, max. torque 17.8kgm) and has fuel efficiency of 4.7-liter/100km.|
|Compact SUV concept Taigun||Compact SUV concept Taigun (rear view)|
Renault: KWID compact SUV Concept
Renault shared the Hall 5 with GM. The Lotus racing car was displayed at the booth side along with the racing car engine. Renault also displayed a cutaway model of the 1.5-liter cCi 110 engine used in the Fluence, Duster, etc. Exhibits on the display floor included the Megane R.S., Fluence, Duster, Pulse, Scala, and the Zoe connected to a charger. The company unveiled the KWID SUV Concept on the main stage.
|Compact SUV KWID Concept||Renault unveiled the KWID compact SUV Concept, Renault's first concept model unveiled outside Europe. It was designed by design teams from around the world including India. The model features the lively and powerful design as well as outstanding connectivity functions.|
|The seat for three is located at the cabin center and the driver sits in the middle section. The KWID SUV Concept is a PHV fitted with the latest 1.2-liter gasoline turbo-engine and the DCT. It can run in motor-driven EV mode. The industry-first remote control mini quadcopter named the Flying Companion, is stowed in the rear roof section, and supports pleasant and safe driving, scouting traffic.|
|Compact SUV KWID Concept||Compact SUV KWID Concept (rear view)|
Fiat: AVVENTURA Compact SUV Concept
Fiat had a moderate display at the Hall 10, majority of which was occupied by Mahindra & Mahindra. Two Abarth 500 models, one in red and another in white, were displayed by the booth entrance. Fiat's other displays included the Linea mid-size sedan on the stage, and the Avventura compact SUV, Punto, etc., on the floor.
|Compact SUV Avventura||Fiat unveiled the Avventura compact SUV concept based on the Punto compact hatchback. The vehicle height has been increased from 185mm to 200mm to give a crossover-like SUV styling.|
|Mid-size sedan Linea||Fiat displayed an all-new sedan, the Linea, for emerging markets. The model is allso based on the Punto. The Linea has front-seat airbags and cruise control feature. Both gasoline-fueled and diesel-fueled versions are available and sold for INR 699,000 to INR 972,000 (excluding tax). TheLinea sedan was launched in March 2014. The previous model also continues to be sold in the market.|
|Compact SUV AVVENTURA||Mid-size sedan Linea|
Auto Expo components exhibition in downtown New Delhi
|Inside the venue|
The 12th AUTO EXPO 2014 Components exibition was held from 6th to 9th of February 2014 at Pragati Maidan in downtown New Delhi. Since the Motor Show portion of the Auto Expo was moved this year to India Expo Mart, the number of suppliers at the Components exhibition decreased by about 400 to 1,100 compared with the previous event held in 2012. Leading suppliers in India, such as Motherson Group, and Bosch and ZF, were among those did not show up.
The number of visitors, too, decreased substantially compared to when the Motor Show and the Components Show were held simultaneously at the same venue. However, the method of admission to the Components Show was changed this year from tickets to admission-free registration for professional visitors. Some exhibitors commented that "we have more quality visitors than before who are ready for business talks."
There were about 20 permanent pavilions in Pragati Maidan and only ten or so were used during the Components exhibition. The venue included six large halls and eight temporary tents called hangars. Hangars were used by national delegations and some of them were China pavilions. Among others, Korean pavilion and German pavilion stunned visitors with scale. Many of the parts suppliers in China pavilion displayed a broad lineup of aftermarket parts for motorcycles. Japanese suppliers displayed their products at their own booths at permanent pavilions.(Click for a detailed report of exhibits by major parts suppliers. Exhibits by respective suppliers can be found by following the links provided below.)
Among Indian suppliers, Amalgamations Group, Anand, Rane Group, Sona Group, TVS., exhibited products of their partners from around the world. Amalgamations Group displayed plastic components produced by TAFE, one of its group companies. Their door trim and pillar garnish are used in the Toyota Innova.
Anand has established joint venture companies with leading global Tier-1 suppliers including Behr, Dana, Faurecia, Haldex, Mando, Takata, and Valeo. Mando delivers steering and suspension parts for all models produced in India by Hyundai Motor, which has a large market share in India. Their brake parts also are increasingly adopted by Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki.
|Gates to the 12th AUTO EXPO 2014 Components exhibition. Security check was very strict.||This German pavilion had 17 exhibitors including Huf Hulsbeck & Furst and Leoni, and Miba from Austria. Many of them displayed parts for commercial vehicles while Huf displayed parts for luxury passenger cars.|
|Chinese suppliers' pavilion to the left in foreground. The venue's largest building, Hall 6, is seen in the background. Aftermarket parts were displayed in outdoor display to the right.||Hall 6 was two-level building. Denso had a booth on the second level.|
|Anand group's booth. Global suppliers including Behr, Dana, Faurecia, Haldex, Bando, Takata and Valeo had their booths surrounding their partner, Anand.||Rane Group's booth. TRW and NSK are partnered with Rane in India.|
|Sona Group had its booth right next to its partner, JTEKT.||One of the China pavilions|
Exhibits by Japanese and European suppliers
The German pavilion had 17 exhibitors including Huf Hulsbeck & Furst and Leoni, and Miba from Austria. Many of them displayed parts for commercial vehicles while Huf displayed parts for luxury passenger cars. BorgWarner, Eaton, Key Safety Systems and other suppliers had their own booths. Behr, Mahle, Dana, Faurecia, Haldex, Valeo and other suppliers displayed their products within the booth of their Indian partners.
Among Japanese suppliers, Denso participated in the exhibition for the secon time. This year, the company exhibited a pedestrian collision detection sensor, head-up display and other products to appeal its technical edge to visitors. The company exhibited a rooftop air-conditioning system for buses during the previous show in 2012. Aisin Seiki shared booths with other group companies including Advics, Aisin AW, and Aisin Takaoka. Cataler, a Japanese supplier of catalysts, also participated in the booth. The company displayed a set of aftermarket items for Indian markets.
Hitachi Automotive Systems was another supplier that came to the Components exhibition for the first time. The company introduced aftermarket component brands, Tokiko and Huco, in Hangar 6 located near the center of the venue. NSK exhibited steering components in Rane Group's booth. Clarion exhibited car audio systems for OEMs. The systems are used in Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors' Indigo and Nissan's Micra. (Click for a detailed report of exhibits by major parts suppliers.)
The Nagano Prefectural Industry and Labor Department and Nagano Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center came with manufacturers of automotive parts from the prefecture to demonstrate their unique technologies at the Components exhibition. It was their first experience with the show.
Nagano Forging, Japanmagnets, NiKKi Fron and MicroStone exhibited their products in the Nagano prefectural booth. Nagano Forging is a manufacturer of turbocharger, valve and other engine parts. Their products are supplied to BMW via Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and to Ferrari via IHI Charging Systems International (ICSI).
|Denso displayed a pedestrian collision detection sensor, head-up display and other latest products to appeal its technical edge to visitors. The company exhibited a rooftop air-conditioning system for buses during the previous show in 2012.||Aisin Seiki shared booths with other group companies including Advics, Aisin AW, and Aisin Takaoka. Cataler, a Japanese supplier of catalysts, displayed its catalysts at the same booth.|
|Aisin Seiki's small torque capacity FWD 4-speed AT used in GM's Spark global strategic model and Toyota's Vios.||Aisin Seiki's aftermarket parts on display|
|Temporary venue, Hangar 6 in the background where Hitachi Automotive Systems displayed its products.||Hitachi Automotive Systems' booth where the company introduced aftermarket parts under Tokiko and Huco brands.|
|Nagano Forging's booth. The company was led, along with Japan Magnets, NiKKi Fron and MicroStone, to the Components exhibition by Nagano Prefectural Industry and Labor Department and Nagano Small and Medium Enterprise Support. This marked a rare occasion for a Japanese local government to support exhibitions of Japanese technologies in an overseas show.||Parts manufactured by Nagano Forging. The company manufactures turbocharger parts that are delivered to leading parts suppliers.|
(Reference) Snapshots of venue
|This is the first time the Auto Expo 2014 is held in India Expo Mart in a new industrial zone which is about 40km southwest of downtown New Delhi. It is about an hour's drive from New Delhi on a well-maintained eight-lane expressway. Signboards about the Auto Expo 2014 could be seen from bridges or junctions more than 20km away from the venue. The largest bridge on the way was covered with the Chevrolet logo to welcome the anxious visitors.||The roads near the India Expo Mart were congested although nearly all vehicles somehow found their way to the nearby toll parking. There was no parking near Paragati Maidan, the previous venue of the Motor Show. In contrast, there was no public transportation service to India Expo Mart and a massive number of visitors came in private cars. Tata Motors had chartered buses for its customers.|
|The central plaza in India Expo Mart. Tata Motors' booth was at the Hall 14 in the center of the photo.||Aisles between halls in India Expo Mart were constantly crowded. Visitors had to wait before entering the gates.|
|Inside the 12th AUTO EXPO 2014 Components Show venue. A Suzuki Kizashi was seen parked probably by a show official. Streets in New Delhi were crowded with an increasing number of mid-sized cars, shifting from small cars. The Kizashi was one of the mid-size cars which could be found on the street most often.|
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