Autocar Professional, February 15 issue: Auto Expo 2018 review

by Autocar Pro News Desk Feb 15, 2018


In line with its 'Being Future Ready' theme, the Anand Group showcased its expansive range of engine cooling systems, DPF technology for cleaner emissions in diesel powertrains, as well as a host of safety solutions including air adjusters, airbags and seatbelts.

As global megatrends like electrification, connected vehicles and autonomous driving make their way into India, there may be some who look at them as trends that may not have a major influence, and hence not worth making major preparations for. In the components industry, some started preparing a few years ago, some started moving from denial mode to acceptance mode, and some could be still waiting to get clearer signals. It's a no-brainer to guess who stands a better chance of success when the global megatrends become strong market trends here.

Therefore, at the Auto Expo – Components Show, it was good to see technology demonstration vehicles by Indian suppliers, who otherwise only exhibit their components, maybe a whole lot of them. Be it connected features, autonomous driving technologies, new-age lighting technologies and some advanced technology solutions, at least a set of Indian component manufacturers are making strong efforts in the right directions.

The recently concluded Auto Expo 2018 saw both vehicle makers and component suppliers showcase their latest innovations, products and technologies designed to make the most of new megatrends. Autocar Professional’s latest issue is all about industry trends, new products on two-, four and more wheels and also components, big and small. Plus, exclusive interviews and lots more. 


At the Auto Expo – Components Show, suppliers from India as well as foreign markets showcased a large number of innovative products and the latest technologies designed to help vehicle manufacturers take on upcoming industry challenges like BS VI, electrification and also more stringent safety norms. Lightweight components of course are de rigueur for the industry. Our in-depth report of the Expo covers over 25 component suppliers including those who are doing their bit and more disseminate information to motorists to use genuine parts and shun fakes.


At the Motor Show, Maruti Suzuki India made an impact with the Concept Future S. Our report reveals the other cars which made news as also the two-wheelers from TVS Motor Co and Hero MotoCorp.


On the commercial vehicle front, Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra and JBM Solaris had a lot to showcase. Our report reveals all.

In the 'Interview of the Fortnight', Naveen Munjal, managing director, Hero Electric, speaks lucidly about what’s needed to unleash the full potential of electric vehicles in the Indian market. 


January 2018 was a good month for Indian automakers, what with all segments notching robust sales.

The data-laden Sales Analysis pages pack a punch with a comprehensive review of the numbers, monthly and cumulative sales data, and company-wise data too.    


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