Here’s the list of car brands that will miss 2020 Auto Expo.
All eyes are on the upcoming 2020 Auto Expo as this mega auto event conducted every two years kicks off 5th Feb, 2020. The week long auto extravaganza in one of the world’s biggest auto markets will see numerous car brands taking part. And at the same time a shocker for many will be several well-known brands skipping the event for a variety of reasons.
Let’s know the brands you will be missing in action:
The Japanese automaker decided to pull out from the show due to shrink in growth last year. This also means you won’t be seeing hatchback avatar of Toyota Yaris sedan along with Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Toyota Rise compact SUV.
The carmaker seems to have been hard hit by the de-growth in 2019. It is especially a bit of disappointment as the carmaker was expected to launch the new version of the bread and butter model (in India) Honda City sedan and the facelifted Honda Jazz.
It’s not a secret anymore that the American automaker is struggling in the Indian auto space. Ford India has already decided to hand over control of its business to Mahindra & Mahindra. The carmaker is not likely to launch any India-specific model this year, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.
4. Nissan & Datsun
Due to serious financial issues and drop in sales, the Japan-based duo will get off the fence this time around. Nissan, earlier too, had skipped the 2018 Auto Expo, so its presence in this event wasn’t worth demanding.
Similar to the last event, this time also the premium German car brand has decided to back out. However, this comes as a surprise as the carmaker has long-list of models to be launched this year including 2020 Audi Q3, new Audi A8 and Audi e-tron, India’s first luxury electric vehicle.
The US auto giant has always maintained simple portfolio in India. Hence, we are not astonished by its decision to skip the Greater Noida Expo 2020 event. However, it would have been better to feast our eyes on Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass facelift.
This is a really a bummer as the French automaker was about to make its debut in the Indian market this year. The unveiling of new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV could have been a stealing opportunity for the brand.
8. Jaguar Land Rover
Despite its plan to launch a fleet of cars in the Indian market this year, Tata Motors’ Britain-based golden child has retreated from the event. We were expecting the iconic Land Rover Defender and the most anticipated Jaguar’s i-Pace electric SUV.
The German auto giant was expected to unveil some of its popular international models including BMW iX3 electric SUV and some concept cars this time. But unfortunately, it won’t be a part of this event.
The Swedish carmaker seems to be busy upgrading its current line-up to meet the latest emission norms. Hence, it won’t display the recently showcased Volvo XC40 electric – a missed opportunity for the brand.
The luxury brand of Toyota is still struggling to make its presence felt in the Indian auto sector. So, bunking the event especially when it recently unveiled a range of concept vehicles at the 2019 Tokyo Motor show will downplay its plans in the country.