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The Delhi motor show, or Delhi Auto Expo as it’s better known is a yearly motor show held just outside India’s capital of New Delhi.

Sitting on over 70,000 square metres of hall space, the motor show features displays from over 1500 exhibitors that feature everything from components to supercars.

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Each year the show sees almost 1 million people walk through its doors to see cars from domestics manufacturers Mahindra and Tata, along with premium brands like BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover (now both owned by Tata Motors) amongst others.

This year CarAdvice attended the motor show to see how it compared to other motor shows around the world. We were surprised to find a huge focus on commercial and personal mobility vehicles — like motorcycles and scooters.

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With a national passenger car market of around three million vehicles per year, it pales in comparison to the 16 million plus two-wheeler sales, which dominate the Indian market.

Manufacturers also rely heavily on celebrity endorsements with massive Bollywood stars passing us on the show floor with hordes of security personnel.

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Some interesting tidbits:

  • The Ford Everest (called the Ford Endeavour) Titanium, which is identical in specification to the Australian designed and engineered Everest Titanium is priced at under AUD$60,000 drive-away, while the same product here nudges $80,000 after on-road costs;
  • The cheapest car at the show was the Gen X Tata Nano, priced at just under AUD$5000 drive away;
  • The most expensive car at the show was the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard, priced at AUD$2,500,000 drive away, and
  • The average monthly income in India is just over $60 per month, giving you an idea of huge class discrepancy.

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You can see our Delhi Auto Expo gallery shot by Glen Sullivan in the Photos tab.