The 2014 edition of the Auto Expo was bigger and better than ever before, and we have a detailed 26-page report on all the cars, bikes and crazy concepts from India Expo Mart. We’ve also managed to get a detailed look at Tata’s two new superstars from the show – the Bolt and the Zest. Plus, we’ve driven the crazy Renault Kwid concept and Fiat’s facelifted Linea saloon. There’s lots more in this action-packed issue, and here’s a quick list of what you can expect.
Tata Zest and Bolt:
Tata Motors unveiled two new cars at the Auto Expo – the Bolt hatchback and Zest compact sedan, and while they may be based on the Vista’s X1 platform, they’re thoroughly reworked, inside and out. We got the chance to get a detailed look at them away from the show stand, and our full impressions are in the March 2014 issue.
The Kwid may have wowed many a showgoer at the Auto Expo, but then that’s what it’s for – to sit on a pedestal and look good, right? Well, it turns out it can be driven too, and that it previews what future Renault SUVs might look like. And we were lucky enough to have a go in it.
Fiat Linea facelift:
We’ve been anticipating it for a long time, and now it’s finally here, and we’ve driven it exclusively. Fiat’s new mid-sizer has a lot of competition to step up to, and all it’s bringing to the fight are a new face and some (heavily) updated interiors. Can that really be good enough to take on the likes of the Honda City?
Auto Expo 2014 – the full report
Suffice to say the ‘all new’ Auto Expo lived up to the hype, being the biggest and best we’ve ever seen. And though there wasn’t a lot in the way of new model launches, there were many big predictions of what direction our industry will be taking in the near future. Read our exhaustive report to know exactly what was shown at the 2014 Auto Expo.
It’s easy to get excited about a new Maruti hatchback, but more so the Celerio than most others. Not only does it replace two cars in Maruti’s line-up, but it’s also well priced and holds the distinction of being the country’s most affordable automatic car. But what about everything else? Read our detailed first drive to find out.
Slideways Industries VW Polo
The good folks at Slideways Industries let us have a thrash in their company car. However, that company car just happened to be a Group N rally-spec Volkswagen Polo 1.6 that’s been set up for oversteer. By the end of it we had to be wrenched out of the driver’s seat.
We tested its bigger brother the Z1000 last month, but the striking new Z800 really begs the question – do you need any more bike than this? It’s got the looks, it’s got the power, and it all comes at a pretty attractive price. What more could you ask for?
A new and very different season of Formula 1 is almost upon us, and to prime you for it, we’ve got a preview of the teams, cars and tracks that we’ll be seeing over the next year. There’s also a report on the first round of testing at Jerez. Back home, the FMSCI has seen a reshuffling of its administration, and we take you through what this means for Indian motorsport.
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