Hyderabad International Auto Show sees luxury wheels

Many premium cars and motorcycles put up for display at Hyderabad International Auto Show.

By Author  |  Business Bureau  |  Published: 3rd Dec 2017  12:53 amUpdated: 3rd Dec 2017  2:14 am
5th Edition of the Hyderabad International Auto Show at Hitex in Hyderabad on Saturday.
5th Edition of the Hyderabad International Auto Show at Hitex in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Hyderabad: If power machines pump up your adrenaline, then take time out to visit the ongoing fifth edition of Hyderabad International Auto Show at the Hitex Exhibition.

There are many premium cars and motorcycles for the seeing. In all, more than 60 exhibitors are showcasing 200 models, including some, which are now part of the history books.

In the cars segment, there is Bentley Flying Spur, one of the premium luxury cars. Its power and the luxury within, chrome grille and alloy wheels make it stand apart, says Saral Talwar, managing director, Talwar Group. The event is being organised by Vista Entertainments, which is part of Talwar Group.

Then there is i8 from BMW, a plug-in hybrid sports car. The model first came in around 2014-15 and has a lithium-ion battery pack that has a 35 km range under standard conditions. In combination with fuel, it can go about 24 km. The car can accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The i8, which has been top-selling hybrid sports car, has a price tag of about Rs 2.5 crore.

The Lamborghini Gallardo, with sports a price tag of Rs 2.30 crore, too is a feast to watch. Then there is Ferrari California, a touring sports car, made by the Italian manufacturer, Ferrari, with a folding metal roof. This too is priced Rs 2.5 crore upwards. Maserati and Mercedes amg priced Rs 1.5 crore upwards too are here.

In the two-wheeler sector, there is Triumph, priced from Rs 8 lakh onwards to Rs 21 lakh for Rocket III (2300 cc). The Harleys are priced from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh while the Suzuki Hayabusas (1340 cc) command a price of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. The lower bracket are the KTMs and Kawasakis, priced around Rs 2 lakh.

In the vintage section, there is Studebaker (1959), Dodge (1959), Riley (1938), Buick (1928) and Bean (1924). Most of the vintage and luxury are from Hyderabad while some of them are brought from Delhi.

Talwar says the luxury segment is growing more than the automobile industry average. In the fifth edition, the auto show on the inaugural day was about 15,000 visitors. Talwar is expecting the crowds to swell to 35,000 on Sunday, when the ticket price is fixed at Rs 300. On Monday, the last day of the show, the tickets will be priced Rs 250.

The tickets are available on bookmyshow.com as well as at the venue.