Autocar Delhi motor show report and updated picture gallery

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    Both Cars  - 2. Updated news and pictures of all the big launches at India's premiere motor show, including global debuts from Ford, Tata and VolkswagenThe 12th Delhi motor show is underway in India. The motor show, which has moved to a new, bigger venue for 2014, is rapidly increasing in popularity and significance and has major global debuts from manufacturers including Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai, as well as local launches from the likes of Tata and Mahindra.
    Autocar's sister publication Autocar India is comprehensively covering all the news from the show and bringing you all the best pics. Read below for some of the highlights we've picked out for you, and click through our picture gallery to see all the major new cars launched at the show.
    Renault Kwid
    The Kwid delivers on Renault’s promise to bring a concept car that’s “out of the box” to the Delhi show. It’s a 3.6-metre two-door low-slung SUV concept, complete with scissor doors. Input into the concept has come from Renault’s design studio in Mumbai, and its understood some design themes could make it into the next-generation Dacia Duster.
    Fiat Avventura
    The Avventura is a rugged, jacked-up hatchback based on the Fiat Punto platform, designed to conquer India’s notoriously bad roads. Features include 200mm ground clearance, and bigger wheels and tyres. The Allroad-style looks include protective skid plates, strips and moldings on the side, and fully functional roof-rails. Fiat has also introduced its Abarth performance brand into India at the Delhi show.
    Mahindra Halo
    Mahindra & Mahindra’s show star is a sleek electric coupe concept designed to promote the firm’s upcoming entry into the Formula E race series and its wider electric car strategy. The compact sports coupe has a 0-62mph time of sub 8.0sec and a 99mph top speed, although there’s no word on power. Range is put at 124 miles, with extra charge understood to be drawn from solar panels.
    Mahindra is brave in pushing electric cars in a country with a less mature electricity infrastructure with high supply costs. It has established an electric division, Reva, responsible for several production EVs and hybrids at the Delhi show in addition to the Halo concept and Formula E entrant. Special financing options are also available for the EVs, as is a fast charger that works even in the event of a power cut.
    Maruti Suzuki Celerio
    The Celerio is Suzuki's new global city car, which will launch in India first before making it to Europe in January 2015 as a replacement for both the Alto and Splash. It is said to offer the space of the Splash with the economy of the Alto. Power comes from a 66bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
    Ford Figo saloon concept
    The Ford Figo saloon concept outlines Ford's intentions to introduce a model into a crucial class in the Indian market because of how taxation works: the sub-4.0 metre long-saloon segement. The Figo currently exists in India as a small hatchback based on the previous-generation Fiesta, but the range will expand in its next generation to include a saloon, as previewed with the Delhi concept.
    The design is familiar from Ford's current global identity and one of the engines to power the production car - due later this year as a saloon first before a hatchack arrives later - is tipped to be the 1.0-litre Ecoboost.
    Tata Bolt and Tata Zest
    Tata is aiming to add some desirability to its range with the new Bolt hatchback and Zest saloon models. They are the first all-new Tata passenger car models since the Aria in 2010 and will bid to reverse Tata's sliding domestic sales in the face of increased competition from foreign car makers.
    Turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are offered for both, as is a high-spec interior with options including sat-nav. Both models are under 4.0m in length, qualifying them for reduced tax rates in India. Competitive pricing is expected when sales start later this year.
    Tata Nexon and Connectnext concepts
    The Nexon and Connectnext concepts from Tata are two of the 18 new models it has on show in Delhi. The Nexon previews a Ford EcoSport rival Tata is planning. The concept is less than four metres long and is underpinned by the same platform used on the Bolt and Zest. The Connectnext concept previews a whole suite of new connectivity options Tata plans to roll out on its models, plus a new HMI system.
    Hyundai Xcent
    The Xcent is a sub 4.0m-long saloon version of the Grand i10, which itself is an enlarged version of the i10 city car. The Xcent is identical to the Grand i10 from the B-pillars forward. The new rear section includes a boot with claimed best-in-class capacity. Power will come from 1.1-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engines carried over from the Grand i10. The Grand i10's well-specced interior also makes it into the Xcent.
    Volkswagen Taigun
    The Taigun concept car, first seen at the Sao Paulo motor show in 2012, has been adapted for the Indian market. It previews a city car-sized SUV from VW that’s tipped to go into production in 2016. Changes from the original concept include a spare wheel mounted on the back – a feature seen on the Ford EcoSport – and several detail styling changes.
    Chevrolet Adra
    General Motors’ Delhi show star is a new compact Chevrolet SUV called Adra. It’s built on the firm’s global small car platform, but differs from Chevrolet’s other small SUV, the Trax, sold in Europe. The Trax is 4.2-metres long and thus doesn’t qualify for India’s tax benefits for small cars less than 4.0-metres in length.
    Datsun redi-Go concept
    The redi-Go concept from Nissan’s budget arm previews a new rugged city car that’s likely to be one of the most affordable cars sold in India. The redi-Go features crossover styling, raised ground clearance and a spacious interior thanks to its 2350mm-long wheelbase. Expect some of the more overt concept car features to be toned for the production car, which is tipped to share its platform with the standard Go small hatchback.
    Honda Mobilio and Honda XS-1 concept
    The Mobilio is a crucial new MPV from Honda that will line-up alongside the best-selling Maruti Ertiga. Underpinning the Mobilio is the platform from the Brio supermini, with a lengthened wheelbase and increased rear overhang allowing seating for up to seven. Honda’s concept car for the Delhi show is a compact seven-seat SUV called XS-1 that is tipped to make production next year.
    Tata Nano
    Sales of the Nano, billed as the world's cheapest car, have flopped in recent years. Tata is now in the process of addressing some of the car's shortcomings, and several updates have been shown to the Nano in Delhi.
    The Nano Twist gets an opening tailgate for the first time (previously access was through the rear seats). It weighs more than the standard Nano but gets a larger fuel tank to address any range issues. The Nano, which has also been given at Delhi, is now available with a Magneti Marelli-sourced four-speed auto'.


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