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A PEEK INTO THE BIENNIAL DELHI CAR-NIVAL

Maruti Suzuki India MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa (right) with the Ciaz at the auto expo on Wednesday. (PTI)

Maruti twin treat

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today unveiled two concept models — sedan Ciaz and crossover SX4 S-Cross. “The SX4 S-Cross and Ciaz are models to expand our product range in the future,” MSI managing director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said. On the importance of the two new concepts, Suzuki Motor Corporation executive vice-president T. Suzuki said, “In 2004, we had the first global model launch of the Swift and these two are in line with that. The two cars are aimed to meet the growing demand of sedans in India, China and elsewhere.” The concept Ciaz, when it hits the market, will compete with the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna in the C-segment sedans.

Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry with the Nexon concept car on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Tata turns futuristic

Tata Motors today unveiled a concept compact sports utility vehicle Nexon along with another concept car ConnectNext, giving a glimpse of its future direction in technology, as it bids to make up the lost ground in passenger vehicles. The company displayed 18 models across its passenger and commercial segments under the Horizonext programme. Tata Motors president (passenger vehicles) Ranjit Yadav said the aim was to be among the top four in the domestic passenger vehicle market. It has fallen behind Mahindra and Honda in the pecking order.

B.S. Seo (left), MD and CEO of Hyundai Motor India, with the new Santa Fe in Greater Noida on Wednesday. (PTI)

Hyundai game plan

Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) expects the current year to remain challenging for the domestic auto sector as buyer sentiment remains subdued. “Year 2013 was challenging and we believe 2014 will also be the same. The footfalls at the outlets are not converting into sales,” HMIL senior vice-president, marketing and sales, Rakesh Srivastava said. As part of its efforts to boost sales and increase market share, the company today launched its new-generation sports utility vehicle Sante Fe, priced between Rs 26.3 lakh and Rs 29.2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

 
 
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