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Auto Expo 2014: Best car launches on the first day

Last updated on: February 06, 2014 22:46 IST

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Indian Auto Expo is a platform for the auto giants not only to showcase their automobile innovations and intellectual prowess, but also a place for the auto enthusiasts to experience upcoming vehicles.

Usually, auto shows witness lot of concepts and future of mobility. This year, however, most of the products launched, unveiled or debuted were practical and are expected to hit the market soon.

The Day 1 at the 12th Auto Expo India started with a bang with some innovative concept cars by manufacturers both domestic and international, amazing designs of facelifts, new models and everything in between.

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Fiat Linea is one of the vehicles that is revealed in the expo. The Linea saloon was draped in white before a dramatic opening for the shutterbugs.

Over the years, Fiat has been known as a trusted brand for the Indian automobile consumers. It is reliable, durable and suits the Indian roads.

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The restyled front grille, new fog lamp clusters and visible amounts of chrome complete the picture of Linea.

The facelift comes with two engine options, so the customers can choose between 1.2 litre T-Jet petrol and a 1.3 litre Advanced multi-jet. The vehicle comes with a manual transmission system.

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Isuzu which is known for its SUVs and heavy vehicles, came up with its luxurious MU7 and the D-Max, a pick-up vehicle.

Both of them share similar design elements, except the obvious ‘pick up’ differentiation.

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Made as a luxurious seven seat SUV, the MU7 is going to compete with the likes of the segment top seller, Toyota Fortuner. Priced at 23.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Hyderabad), this vehicle is for the classes.

Two very interesting vehicle designs, both of which score high in terms of beauty, have also been launched on Wednesday.

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One is the new Ford Fiesta; the American auto gamechanger revived its Fiesta, which is based on the European Fiesta.

The vehicle comes with impressive front fascia with sleek headlamps and a grill that blends in the design despite its chrome elements.

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It sports a sleek design as a whole, while the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle is evident with the curves at all the right places.

Ford also launched its Figo compact Sedan. This marks the entry of another automobile major into the ever increasing compact sedan segment. The vehicle is beautiful and is set to give a few competitors a run for their money.

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The other beautiful revelation is the home built Maruti Suzuki SX4 Cross. While it is a pleasure to watch any machine turn into a beast and run with elegance and charm, it is an absolute delight when the machine doing that hails from the domestic environment.

The amazing SX4 Cross features design aesthetics that are definitely going to be changing the face of Maruti Suzuki in the crossover as well as the SUV and compact SUV segments.

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Shown in piano black shade, this vehicle is going to take the Maruti Suzuki designs to a next level.

Be it the front grille that is slightly bent at the middle, or the fog lamps that are placed in sync with the headlamps like a zoomed out version of the former, you cannot miss elegance oozing out from every part of it.

This crossover is speculated to be offered with two efficient engine options.

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Another vehicle launched in the show is the Hyundai Santa Fe. This third generation vehicle is actually the second generation one in the Indian market.

The vehicle comes in three variants, a two-wheel drive Manual Transmission variant priced at 26.3 lakh, a two-wheel drive Automatic Transmission variant priced at 27,33 lakh and a four wheel drive Automatic Transmission variant priced at 29.25 lakh.

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This luxurious offering from Hyundai is expected to compete with Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Nissan X-Trail, Ssangyong RX7, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport ands the like in the Indian automobile market.

Talking about beautiful cars and not mentioning Renault is an injustice. This French automobile manufacturer updated the Fluence that doesn’t seem much different in terms of skin, and it remains the same beauty it was.

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The mechanics, however, have something else to say. The updated version comes with two engine options, a 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre K9K turbo diesel engine.

Jaguar announced that it will assemble the new Jaguar XJ at the Pimpri plant in Pune. While it is already known that the car comes with a 3.0 litre diesel engine, it is announced that it’ll also come in a variant with a new 2.0 litre petrol engine.

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JLR also gave a display of the F-Type Coupe R and the Project 7. Mercedes Benz didn’t disappoint its loyal fans and came up with the stunning CLA 45 AMG sedan. This vehicle comes at a one crore price tag.

While all these are the vehicles that are expected to hit the market any time soon, there are a lot more concept cars that have been revealed at the Auto Expo.

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Cars like Audi Sport Quattro Concept, Honda Vision XS-1 Concept, Honda NSX, Maruti Ciaz, Renault KWID and Tata Jump are some of them.

Tata Jump, among these, is a sub-four meter SUV and is expected to hit the roads any time soon.

With a lot of action on day 1 itself, the fun, excitement and expectations got better and bigger for the upcoming days.

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