Tuesday, January 10, 2012

11th Auto Expo, 2012 (5th - 11th January, 2012).

 I attended the 11th Auto Expo organized by the SIAM & ACMA at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 5th January to 11th January 2012. The first two days are exclusively reserved for media and special invitees and I was lucky to get special invitation passes from Yamaha India to visit the show on 6th January. Visited this Automotive Maha Kumbh on 6th January with my brother. Had a nice experience and enjoyed a lot. The weather was quite chilly and overcast which added to the fun factor. Even on business day there was huge crowd and BMW, Mercedes halls were jam packed with hardly any space for anyone to be comfortable. I didn't dare to visit Mercedes and Ferrari halls because of the massive crowd. I wonder from where so many people were able to enter the show on a business day. So many fake passes were distributed and there was utter chaos at Pragati Maidan & Metro station.

Anyhow, let's talk about the show - I was hoping that Honda would introduce it's much awaited 1.6 diesel motor for City/Jazz and Civic but all expectations in vain. To be honest Honda's hall was the most boring with all old models on display except the Honda City with sunroof. There was no new Civic and CR-V as well. I have lots of expectation from Honda and I wish they bring the 1.4/1.6 diesel mill for its all range of cars. Nothing is happening good for Honda - first the petrol prices then the japan earthquake and then the Thailand floods. And to top it - Honda has no diesel engine in their line up. In the current scenario no manufacturer can survive without a diesel mill but still Honda is able to give tough time to it's competitors which offers both petrol and diesel variants. Just take the case of Honda City - Even after so many new launches (Vento, Verna, Fiesta), no other car has able to grab the best C segment petrol sedan crown yet. It just need a diesel heart to set the sales chart on fire. As a diehard Honda fan I wish them all the very best in future.

There are reports in media that the next Auto Expo (2014) will be held at some other venue than pragati maidan or even outside Delhi. Well, if this happens then it will be very shameful for Delhi-ites as organizers are not able to manage the crowd at pragati maidan and they are not keen to organize such mass event at central location of Delhi.

So guys this is time to wind up and thanks for reading this post. Please checkout the photos at my Facebook page.

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