Multi Utility Vehicles (MPV) has shared some of that limelight at the Auto Expo. The launch of Maruti's compact MPV-the Ertiga was highly anticipated at the event. Apart from Maruti there were several other auto majors like GM, and Nissan who launched MPVs. Maruti Suzuki unveiled the country's first compact MPV-the Ertiga.
Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director and CEO, Shinzo Nakanishi said "We would like to start the sale of this car as quick as possible. But possibly, the commercial roll-out would begin by end of March or beginning of April this year." The company claims that fuel efficiency of the diesel variant(1.3 litre DDiS Super Turbo) with a fuel efficiency of 20.77 kmpl.
Toyota Innova received its second major visual upgrade. The ability to carry 7-8 passengers in comfort, frugal nature, ease of driving, quality in fit and finish, and its ability to tackle our quintessential Indian roads are some the changes made.
General Motors also unveiled the MPV and it will be launched in India by the end of this year. The company claims that the new Chevrolet MPV is designed for those who want a spacious, comfortable and well-styled vehicle to enjoy life with their loved ones. The MPV offers space for large families, with flexi-seating and a choice of seven or eight seats. Among the MPV's comfort amenities is dual-row air-conditioning.
Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Company unveiled a seven-seater car 'Evalia' at the Auto Expo and said it will triple its dealership network in the country in the next three years. Nissan has developed the Evalia in partnership with Ashok Leyland and will produce the car at its plant near Chennai. Evalia is said to be launched in the middle of this year and will be the third model to be rolled-out from the company's Chennai plant after Micra, Sunny. When asked about the launch of the car, Andy Palmer Executive Vice President (Global Planning and Programme Management) at Nissan Motor Company said, "It will be launched in the middle of this year and it will be very competitively priced. We are targeting multi-purpose vehicle segment."
Hyundai Motor unveiled its concept multipurpose vehicle (MPV), Hexa Space and said it expects single-digit growth in the Indian car industry in 2012. The company also showcased a new version of Sonata priced in the range of Rs 16-17 lakh which is expected to be launched by February-end.
Arvind Saxena, director (sales and marketing), Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) said “We are showing our new concept MPV Hexa Space for the first time. It is too early to say when it could come in the market but it will take three to four years. We hope to see a turnaround in the auto business in the second half of the calendar year 2012 and we are looking forward to some interest rate cuts through government intervention."