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They are sleek, trendy and quite a few of them sport a muscular look. The Hyderabad International Auto Show was the first of its kinds to be held in the state capital. The show was held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Madhapur, near Hi-Tech City. It attracted a number of car and bike lovers from in and around the city. The show featured 22 brands of cars and bikes with over 100 models. Few of the brands were Audi, Bajaj, BSA Motors, BMW, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Mercedes Benz, Skoda, Tata, Toyoto, TVS, Volvo, Yamaha, etc.

For car lovers, it was a great experience; they got a chance to look at the Mercedes SL 63 AMG, which is yet to be released in Hyderabad. The show-stoppers were the high end sports utility vehicles, those costing upwards of Rs.80 lakh, from BMW and Toyota. Milling crowds could not get enough of the Mercedes, Audis, BMW’s and Volvos, which were lined up at the show. Some of the high end cars including BMW’s X6 series, Toyota’s Land Cruiser, Audi’s Q5 and Mercedes SLR convertible cars had been put for public display for the first time in the state capital.

Visitors have a look at the cars at the Auto Expo-09

Visitors have a look at the cars at the Auto Expo-'09. Credit: Ghost Rider

The special attractions of the show were the cars from Sudha Car Museum, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad. A number of car lovers gathered around the Sudha Car Museum stall to have a look at the variety of hand made cars that were on display. The collection included inanimate objects like Shoe car, Burger car, Camera car, Brinjal car, Helmet car, Cigarette car, etc. The genius behind these collections is Mr. Sudhakar Yadav, a multi-time Limca Book of Records holder. Sudha Car Museum boasts a collection of over 150 creations, all of which are hand crafted workable models. The highlights of his work is that every creation is hand crafted and built from scrap.

“It was a great experience and it’s really a dream come true, I got a chance to spot my dream car, the BMW’s X6 series and I also got an opportunity to stand next to it and take a snap, I was really thrilled with the experience and I hope the exhibitors come up with many more shows like this in the future”, says Shreya Mathur, a visitor at the show. Pranav Reddy, another visitor says, “It was a wonderful experience; I was really fascinated with the Vintage collection, the show was really cool. My family and I had a great time at the show, we hope that these kind of shows keep coming up in the city of the Nizams and we also wish that they come up with more collection the next time”.

A few car makers chose the event to launch their new products. Hyundai Motor (India) Ltd., launched the diesel version of I20 with an ex-showroom price of Rs.6.19 lakh to Rs.7.20 lakh for different variants. The Vintage Car Expo that had been organized by Deccan Heritage Automobile Association in the show was another star attraction. The 1936-made, 3000 cc convertible classic Cadillac Fleetwood used by Lord Mountbatten, the Nehru and Gandhi family and the 1956 Triumph Mayflower made for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, were a part of the show. The Hyderabad International Auto Show was inaugurated on Friday, 17th July, by Principle Secretary (State Transport) K.Ratna Prabha. Transport Commissioner J. Raymond Peter was also present and the show lasted for three long days till Sunday 19th July.

One of the Mercedes model on disolay at the show.

One of the Mercedes model on display at the show. Credit: Ghost Rider

Mr. Rakesh Mohan, a business entrepreneur and a visitor at the show says, “It is really innovative to see so many cars under one roof where a purchaser can choose from a variety of cars and the TATA Nano was much questioned about”. Reghuram, a student and a visitor at the show says that the Delhi Auto Expo was more versatile and astounding. He added, “Cars that were at the Hyderabad Auto Show were mostly the cars on road, but the Auto Expo in Delhi had brands that had never been seen in India”.

Apart from the ‘who is who’ of the automobile industry, insurers, car servicing companies, financers, GPS navigation companies, sponsors, have also pitched camp. The emcees at the show had entertained the visitors and had given them various gifts vouchers to encourage them. Visitors from all walks of life were seen with their family and friends at the show checking out their favorite cars and bikes. Sales men from various automobile companies were seen explaining about their car’s specification and prices. Many visitors especially children had been taking photographs of their favorite cars and bikes and posing for the camera, the youth had been spotting the all new Bajaj Pulsar 220 cc which is on roads and all the visitors seem to be having a good time enjoying at the show, Visitors from the twin cities were excited and thrilled to have a glimpse of their favorite cars. The show is also expected to get the best Geneva Auto show award. The show was a grand success and had been receiving a number of visitors from in and around the city.

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