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Calcuttans, gear up for auto carnival 2019

Car enthusiasts will get to choose their vehicle of choice over the weekend at the The Telegraph Auto Weekend Carnival

Our Special Correspondent Calcutta Published 15.02.19, 09:25 AM
The carnival in 2017

The carnival in 2017 Telegraph picture

Time to rev up for some heavy-duty wheel deals at the IndianOil Servo presents The Telegraph Auto Weekend Carnival — Motor Insurance Partner New India Assurance that starts at the Kund in City Centre I on Friday.

Calcuttans will get to choose their vehicle of choice over the weekend — be it an SUV like the Jeep or superbikes from BMW Motorrad or one from the homegrown Maruti stable or from Japanese major Toyota.


Other brands such as Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Skoda, and Volkswagen, too, will be there.

Jeep Compass, to be parked right at the entrance, could be the top draw. It will grab eyeballs with its seven-slot grille and clamshell bonnet. Starting at Rs 15.39 lakh (ex-showroom), this “made in India” SUV has already notched up good sales.

“I am hoping for good enquiries for the Compass at the carnival. It’s our first time here and we are excited about the awareness it will create about the brand,” Arijit Bhowmick of Celica Auto, the only Jeep dealer in the city, said.

BMW Motorrad will roll in its most popular G 310 twins, priced upward of Rs 2.99 lakh.

“They are our bestsellers and a rage among IT executives, college students and the young generation,” Akshay Swaika, sales manager of Bengal Motorrad, the dealership in Calcutta, said.

“This is one of the biggest auto carnivals here... we are hoping for a lot of enquiries and conversions for these twin bikes in the smart bike segment,” Swaika said.

Skoda will drive in its seven-seat crossover Kodiaq to keep Jeep company. Priced upward of Rs 35 lakh, the Kodiaq is the family wagon that Calcuttans can look out for.

Volkswagen will be present with its popular hatch, Polo. “We are a regular at the carnival and have always had spot bookings for the Polo,” Samanway Dutta, marketing manager, OSL Executive, the Volkswagen dealership in the city, said.

And it’s not just wheels but oils and lubricants from Indian Oil, along with motor insurance from New India Assurance, that will make the carnival a true one-stop shop for car buyers.

“Indian Oil is happy to be associated with the 12th edition of The Telegraph Auto Carnival.... It’s also well-timed as Indian Oil has launched the next generation engine oil — Futura G Plus, the only engine oil in India to provide two per cent fuel economy and recommended as engine oil for petrol and diesel cars and SUVs,” Somen Banerjee, general manager (Lubes), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bengal, said.

K.C. Hessa, deputy general manager, The New India Assurance Co Ltd, said the company’s USP was “hassle-free and satisfactory claim settlement”.

“It is the highest among all players in the general insurance industry in India.”

The Telegraph

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