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Thursday , November 8 , 2012
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Weekend date with wheels & vroom
- Destination Kund from 9-11

To add some vroom to the slo-mo state of affairs in Bengal, belt up for the The Telegraph Auto Weekend Carnival 2012, presented by the State Bank of India and powered by Yamaha.

From November 9 to 11, the carnival of wheels promises a cracker of a countdown to Diwali in the Kund area of City Centre (Salt Lake) with eight car manufacturers and two bike makers along with a financier parked at the site.

“The carnival is the perfect meeting ground for buyers, manufacturers and financiers,” said Subrata Mitra, chief manager, auto loans, SBI, Bengal Circle.

The stars of this weekend show of wheels will be the new vehicles launched back-to-back by manufacturers, right from the scooter to entry-level small cars to premium sedans and SUVs.

Yamaha will have its new Ray, the 113cc scooty, on display along with its bestselling bike the 150cc FZ-S, and the facelifted R1V, the 153cc motorcycle.

The Maruti Alto 800 launched last month will be a top draw along with the bestselling Swift. “We are really looking forward to showing off our new Alto at the fair,” said Anindita Biswas of Maruti India.

And then there is the premium hatchback Chevy Sail U-VA unveiled this week by GM, with a test-drive vehicle at hand for a quick spin.

The new-look City, with added trims and features, is expected to get Honda the footfalls. “At last year’s carnival, we showcased the new Brio and got 500-odd enquiries and 10 per cent conversion,” said Harsh Agarwal, a Honda dealer.

Toyota will have its Limited Edition Altis as well as its small car Liva.

Mahindra is expected to steer the Quanto, its baby SUV, into Kund, along with the all-new Verito, said Deepak Sinha of M&M.

Nissan is looking at the fair as a good branding exercise “We are new to this market and the carnival will give us good visibility,” said Deepak Das of Nissan. Its SUV Evalia will provide the pull.

If Ford will have its Figo,Volkswagen will bring Vento, a hottie in the entry-level sedan segment, for a touch, feel and drive.

For DSK Hyosung, the carnival is a chance to show off some of their bikes — GT650R Comet, the ST7 and the GT250R Comet — Calcuttans are not so familiar with.