The 12th Auto Expo commenced on 5th February and closed today on the 11th. This year due to traffic problems, the awaited motor show had been shifted to Greater Noida, earlier being held at Pragati Maidan.

Numerous car models were launched and the show became even more upmarket as accomplished celebrities attended the event. Maruti Suzuki launched a new car Celerio catering to the needs of the lower segment; current pricing is Rs. 3.9 to 4.96 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). Attacking the same segment, Japanese giant Toyota launched Etios Cross. Mahindra has still continued its trademark of producing an Electric Car. This time Mahindra named the concept car Halo, unfortunately it is expected that this car would be launched in three years.

Hyundai Venace


Hyundai’s Venace has seemed to catch a lot of attention with its bold looks, aiming to enter the higher segment. Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe finally made its debut in India. The much-anticipated BMW i8 was also inaugurated and the looks did match up the expectations. Few models by Mercedes, Audi, and Land Rover were also launched. Toyota and Honda made noticeable changes in their most selling model Corolla and City respectively.

hero moto corp hastur

Although, the car segment is always the craze of most of the Auto Expo, this year the Bike Segment seemed to have changed the modus operandi. Leaving no doubt Hero Moto Corp has outrageously shown that it’s back in the game. Hero R&D with Eric Buell involvement has developed Hastur, being the most talked bike. Splendor Pro Classic, now features a Café Racer inspired design. To capture the growing scooter segment Hero launched three new scooters. Most of the new launches by Hero are expected to get a green signal by the end of this year. Although, as told by Mr. Pawan Munjal at the Auto Expo, Hastur would require more research before it enters the market. This year there was even more hype for Hero as their brand ambassador Mr. Ranbir Kapoor lauched models. Harley Davidson launched Street 750 at Rs 4.10 lakh, probably aiming a good market in the Indian sector. Bajaj also launched a few concept bikes.

This year many celebrities such as Mr. Ranbir Kapoor, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, Mrs. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mrs. Samira Reddy, Mr. John Abraham and many more attended and launched models, making the event even more attractive and glamorous. Although the auto market has been experiencing a slump, the Auto Expo has opened doors to hope for a brighter auto year ahead.

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom….” Jawaharlal Nehru’s words will keep resounding in the ears of generations of Indians to come. While we are no doubt citizens of a free country, and have the liberty to do as we wish, sometimes we do tend to take it for granted. For freedom is a privilege and right till the point it does not impinge on anyone else’s space.

1. While we do believe that dressing is a form of self expression and DU Beat is all for freedom of expression, lets not get so carried away that it blights your sense of judgement. Take the instance of Delhi’s Hard Rock Cafe.It has received ample criticism for being more like a club than a cafe. Delving deeper into the problem reveals that the elaborately adorned girls with cheetah print tubes and high boots,boys with spiked hair and tight shirts accentuating their bulging biceps may well be the root to this problem. Other than providing enormous source of entertainment to the few reasonably dressed ones these ‘elaborate costumes’ may just get a dress code slapped on you.

2. While the Metro is the pride of Delhi, it is sad that authorities had to add “Kripya zor zor se apne phone par gaana na bajaye” to the already elaborate list of announcements . The culprits? ‘Yo’ cool dudes, who voluntarily deign to be the metro DJ. Seriously guys ,get a pair of earphones. Let us recognize the fact that the freedom to listen to what we want, extends to everybody. Difficult as it may be for some to come to terms with, perhaps everyone does not like to listen to Akon at the top of your phone volume.

3. So typical of the Delhi driver is an inherent tendency to park his car wherever he pleases. So lets instill a little road sense into our brain and realise that curtailing parking in the middle of roads is not a gross violation of your rights.

4. Lets just restrict our inner artist a tad bit more specially when he gets the creative urge to decorate public walls. And no, urinating or spray painting with spit deserves no special concession. Graffiti , we have heard, looks infinitely better on the walls of your room. It comes as no surprise that freedom from inhaling non putrid air somehow seems to figure at the top of the list these days