Lax security and bovine intervention
Day 1 of the 2016 Auto Expo saw lax security at the venue, with practically no checks at the entry points early on Wednesday at what is touted as the country’s biggest showpiece auto exposition. The red carpet leading up to the entry gates had a cow wandering about at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida. The first two days of the expo is open to the media and business visitors and it will be open for the public during February 5-9.
Big Tata spread, but Nano missing-in-action
Eight years ago, Ratan Tata, the then chairman of Tata Sons, created a flutter when he drove into the podium at the Auto Expo in a Nano, unveiling the car with the tag — the world’s cheapest. The car was conspicuous by its absence at the Auto Expo 2016, even as Tata Motors claimed to have the largest display area at the event and it did put up some of the models from its current range, including the Zest sedan and the Bolt hatch. The company moved ahead and showcased four vehicles, including a new compact sedan — KITE 5 and its first compact SUV — NEXON.
Uncertainty over emissions creating ‘distrust’
While M&M and Toyota have seen the biggest impact of the ban on sale of diesel cars in Delhi having engines above 2,000 cc, Naomi Ishii, MD, Toyota Kirloskar Motor told PTI that uncertainty over regulations relating to emission norms and pollution control for the automobile industry in India could create ‘distrust’ and force global investors to stay away from investing further in the country. Admitting that the Supreme Court ban has to be complied with, he said that such a step was focusing only on a small segment of vehicles that contributed only “0.2 per cent to overall pollution”.