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The 10 most important cars at Auto Expo India 2014

2014 Auto Expo India

The car market in India is in the midst of a rather serious slump, a fact you might not have guessed were you on the floor at Delhi’s India Expo Centre for Auto Expo 2014. The week-long show, which ended on 11 February, attracted close to 600,000 people – some 90,000 on the last day alone. Of course, there was a bit of Bollywood glam to charm the masses, with stars Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor making suitably splashy appearances on behalf of automakers.

But it was the cars that kept them coming: The show boasted 70 vehicle debuts, including 26 global reveals. BBC Autos has surveyed the good, the bad and the ugly, and picked Auto Expo 2014’s greatest hits. (Photo: DC Design)

2014 Auto Expo India: Piaggio NT3

First shown in Milan back in 2010, the NT3 concept was new to India this year – and for good reason. Innovative, ecologically friendly urban transportation is a hot topic in Asia, and Piaggio’s three-seater – which places the driver in the centre, McLaren F1-style – packs quite a lot of clever thinking into an 8ft-long package. When it reaches production (within three years, says Piaggio), the NT3 will offer scooter-derived gasoline engines of 200cc or 300cc displacement, along with a 300cc gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. (Photo: Piaggio Group)

2014 Auto Expo India: Honda Vision XS-1

Honda has no plans to build the XS-1, and that’s a bit of a shame. The very funky seven-seater (yes, seven) was a hit with show goers in India, and it is not difficult to imagine its appeal extending to consumers US and Europe. The cool blue crossover “coupe” features an airy three-row passenger compartment accessed via outsize sliding doors on each side. Could this be a reborn Honda Element? (Photo: Honda Car India)

2014 Auto Expo India: Datsun redi-GO

This cheeky hatchback is the first concept car to wear the Datsun name since Nissan resurrected the brand as a value-leader for emerging markets back in 2012. This quasi-crossover is undeniably small, riding on a tidy 92.5in wheelbase (about 5in shorter than that of a Mini Cooper), but a tall roof yields ample interior space. And there is no denying that the redi-GO, despite its silly name, could bring quite a splash of style to the least stylish segment of the market. It is, in the words of Datsun chief Vincent Cobee, “an aspirational car that at the same time is attainable”. (Photo: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

2014 Auto Expo India: Tata Nano Twist Active Concept

The biggest news with Tata’s Nano Twist Active Concept is something most cars take for granted: a rear hatch. This seemingly minor addition – abetted by a host of stylish upgrades, including fog lamps and more colourful interior trim – promises to elevate Tata’s runabout from its lowly status as world’s least expensive car to something decidedly more upscale: a smart urban runabout. (Photo: Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

2014 Auto Expo India: Chevrolet Adra

Designed at General Motors’ Technical Centre in Bangalore, the Adra leads a charge of small-but-tall city crossover concepts on the show floor in Delhi. The car marries big Chevy SUV brawn (that bold front end) with a soupçon of retro chic (the contrasting roof panel). The Adra is merely a styling study; Chevrolet made no mention of powertrain or production plans.

But it looks ready to roll. Were it wisely priced and well-equipped, a production Adra could be a major success in the Indian market, where the parking spots are small but the appetite for style is big. (Photo: General Motors)

2014 Auto Expo India: Ford Figo

Technically a concept, this handsome sedan looks ready and willing to tag out Ford’s four-year-old Figo hatchback, which has proven itself a hero in the US-based automaker’s charge on emerging markets such as India. It is unlikely the new car will break ground as far as its powertrain and driving dynamics are concerned, but with some well-placed cues from Ford’s Focus and Fusion, the new Figo is a significant step up from the rather dowdy current model. (Photo: Ford Motor)

Mahindra's Halo concept

2014 Auto Expo India: DC Design Tia

The two-seat Tia is car of indeterminate parentage. Mum was clearly a motorbike, but Dad may have been an Alfa Romeo 4C or Subaru Outback; DNA tests may be required. Just over eight feet long, the mid-engine roadster features a cut-down windscreen, 18in wheels and 7.8in of ground clearance.

A turbocharged 1.2-litre gasoline engine produces 120hp, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. DC Design chief Dilip Chhabria claims the cheeky Tia will enter production – at a rate of 1,000 cars per year – in 2016. (Photo: DC Design)

2014 Auto Expo India: Volkswagen Taigun

Other than a rear-mounted spare wheel and a coat of traffic-cone orange paint, VW’s smartly styled Taigun concept has not gained a thing since its debut at Brazil’s Sao Paulo motor show in October 2012. Power still comes from a turbocharged 1-litre three-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Yet despite the slight revisions, the Taigun’s debut in India was significant: with two lauded auto-show appearances behind it, VW’s petite CUV seems a shoo-in for production. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

2014 Auto Expo India: Mahindra Halo

The hometown hero of the Delhi show, India’s first electric sports car arrives from a rather unlikely source: a company known for its strapping SUVs and pugnacious pickups. Styled with the assistance of Pininfarina and Bertone, Mahindra’s lithe two-seater makes use of a 140hp electric motor that allows it to sprint from zero to 60mph in about 9sec and press on to a top speed of 100mph. When the Halo goes on sale next year, Mahindra plans to offer a range battery packs, à la the Tesla Model S, the largest of which will deliver a cruising range of about 125 miles. (Photo: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

2014 Auto Expo India: Renault Kwid concept

The absolutely bonkers Kwid is the first Renault concept car revealed outside of Europe, and on the floor in Delhi, it was an unequivocal show-stopper. The chunky off-roader’s Gallic outlandishness – including A-pillar-hinged doors and a clever 1+2+2 passenger compartment – was completely eclipsed by one particularly mad piece of kit: a built-in, camera-equipped quadcopter drone called the Flying Companion. The drone, which stows beneath a rooftop lid and takes its orders from an in-dash tablet computer, can be deployed to monitor traffic conditions, survey hostile terrain, or, when the mood strikes, shoot an aerial selfie. (Photo: Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept
Mahindra's Halo concept

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