Auto Expo 2012 is the venue for the launch of seven all-new automotive brands in India. We take a look at them. That's right. We are going to witness the introduction of seven new major automotive brands over the next few days at the Auto Expo in Delhi. These are Peugeot, Mini and Ssangyong four-wheelers, Triumph and Vespa two-wheelers and BharatBenz and DAF commercial vehicles.
Actually, it would have been eight. At what seems to be the last moment, Bajaj Auto decided not to introduce KTM at this point of time. Bajaj holds a near 40 per cent stake in the Austrian manufacturer of sporty off-road and street motorcycles and was expected to introduce the first KTM for India, the Duke 200, at the show. Perhaps the flashy orange colour of the KTM brand was deemed too bright for the new Bajaj RE60 four-wheeler to bask in its own green glory.
Nevertheless, we can be sure that the trendy European motorcycle brand will make its India debut sooner rather than later. As for the Auto Expo, seven new big brand launches still translates to plenty of action in this sector. Let’s take them up one by one.