The Biggest Auto Expo in Bangalore ‘Times Auto Show’ has just concluded after being open for four days at Phoenix Marketcity. The BharathAutos team visited the car show on Saturday and vintage cars welcomed us. Most of the participants were the local car dealers. There were some new cars on display, like the upcoming Nissan Terrano, DC Avanti, newly launched Fiat Linea Classic and Toyota Camry Hybrid were a part of this event.
On the other hand, we were disappointed by the lack of participation from several major car and bike manufacturers. Reasons still mysterious, but Audi, BMW, Mini, Mercedes, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Tata were missing although they have a dealership in Bangalore. Among bike manufacturers, Bajaj, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Hero, Kawasaki, KTM, Mahindra, Royal-Enfield, Suzuki, TVS and, Yamaha were not present. For me, the Times Auto Show is an annual event that has been promising lot but delivering little for auto enthusiasts.
Among the carmakers that did made their presence felt were Chevrolet, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Mahindra, Maruti, Nissan, Renault, Skoda, Toyota and Volkswagen. The upcoming Nissan Terrano was surrounded by several interested buyers. The custom made choppers too attracted several visitors. We were hoping to have a closer look at the upcoming new Ashok Leyland Stile, but were left empty handed at the event. Among bike manufacturers, Aprilia, Hyosung and Moto Guzzi were the only companies present. Other stalls at the event are, ‘Ghost Ryderz’ stall selling their merchandise, 3-wheeler & 4-wheelers electric vehicles stall and, a couple of car accessories stalls.
One of the biggest show stoppers at the event is undoubtedly the all-new DC Avanti, the first Indian designed sports car by DC Design, a firm headed by Dilip Chhabria. Next only too, Ferrari F430 replica (donor car Honda Accord) customized by Executive modcar tech team. Apart from these, the Aprilia and Moto Guzzi superbikes were other show grabbers. Visitors here also enjoyed the stunt performed by India’s most wonderful stunting team, the ‘Ghost Ryderz’, and they definitely are a talented bunch.
At the event, we got a chance to meet with the company officials. However, I took this opportunity to interact with car modification companies, as other car and bike manufacturers’ details are clear and transparent to us. First we enquired Executive modcar tech team about their product, the company official said currently they are making only one replica model of Ferrari F430 that costs Rs. 13 lakh for complete modification including the both exterior and exterior (not including vehicle) and takes a period of 3 months to get the job done. They can convert any sedan that you love to drive into a F430 replica, but they don’t touch the car’s stock engine and chassis. Currently, they’re developing a replica model of Lamborghini Murcielago, which will be on-sale from mid-2014. Also, the Executive Motorhome was on display based-on Tata 1512 bus chassis costs whopping price of Rs. 77 lakh.
At DC‘s space, we enquired about the products available at their stall, that contained the modified Duster, Avanti sportscar and DC Lounge Innova. Everything on the DC products is customizable on customers taste talking about the Duster, it costs Rs. 3.50 lakh for its interior and Rs. 1.20 lakh for the exterior, and matte grey paint job (seen in the images) costs whopping price of Rs. 7.00 lakh. On the DC Lounge Innova, the customer has wide range of options to choose on the exterior and interior. Wherein, the exterior price ranges from Rs. 50k – 1.30 lakh, while the interior price ranges from Rs. 3.5 lakh – 7.00 lakh. And the much anticipated car from DC line-up the ‘Avanti’, will be will be priced Rs. 28 lakh (ex-showroom, Bangalore) only for the first 300 units. The production of India’s first sports car will begin in November-2013, while the deliveries will start from March-2014. Bookings for the DC Avanti are already open at all DC dealership across the country.
To my surprise, the custom bikes from ‘Bulleteer Customs’ made on the Bullet were very interesting. These cool dude’s do a pretty cool job of modernizing Royal Enfield’s Bullets. A lot of you will cringe at the thought of this, I know. I think their work is pretty cool, you should check it out. They do give the engines a boost; they claim that their 350s touch 125 kmph and their 500s touch close to 140 Kmph. Their modification price ranges from Rs. 90k – 3.00 lakh.
Check out more pictures and videos of Ghost Ryderz Stunt & Volkswagen Polo drifting, after a jump.
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