Luxury, sports cars biggest draw at Auto Expo

Though middle-class Indians buy cars from manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Honda, they always aspire to purchase the bigger and better vehicles. This was more than evident at the India Expo Mart as hordes of car enthusiasts headed towards the stalls of the most expensive luxury and sports cars at the 13th edition of the Auto Expo that was held from February 5 to 9 in New Delhi.

The pavilions of German manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi drew legions of automobile fans with extremely long queues forming outside.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar recently launched the new BMW 7 series, and almost every car lover swooned over the beautiful and attractive machine. Along with the 7 series, several other vehicles were on display at the BMW pavilion and left aficionados drooling over them.

The newly unveiled BMW X1 drew a lot of enthusiasts eager to check out the exteriors as well as interiors of the sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The longest queue was probably seen at the pavilion of market-leader Mercedes-Benz. Automobile fans were all agog about the open-top S-Class Cabriolet and the dashing SUV GLC.

“I drive a Honda City. If I make enough money some day, I will definitely buy a sports car, preferably a Mercedes or BMW,” said banker Chetan Vij after sitting inside a few luxury models at the Mercedes pavilion.

Audi’s long and appealing cars were also star attractions. India Test skipper Virat Kohli recently launched the fastest Audi model in India -- the R8 V10 Plus -- and also unveiled the new A4. The two cars easily proved to be the biggest attractions in the hall.

Besides the German manufacturers, iconic American SUV brand Jeep unveiled the Wrangler that was greatly admired.

Legendary names in the sports car segment -- the Nissan GT-R along with the Chevrolet Corvette -- also drew a lot of crowds.