Every year NADA Auto show is held which attracts a lot of people and potential customers. This year only, the show managed to do sales above Rs 1 Billion. There were many new cars and motorbikes at display. Companies were providing automobiles at attractive interest rate and good EMI options. This is our cover of the event as NADA Auto Show 2016 summarized in a nutshell. People have already booked vehicles worth more than Rs 3.2 billion.
There were many interesting vehicles for everyone. We actually expected launch of Ford Mustang but that didn’t happen. Honda Civic Nepali edition got huge attention from visitors. It is simple white in color with a simple Nepali design at tail region. The design is blue and red with components of Nepali flag. Banks and Insurance companies were also present to help the customers get loan and good automobile insurance.
Around 50 thousand people have visited the show according to Nepal Automobile Dealers Association. Nepal’s hunger for luxury and expensive car is also increasing. European company Renault also made its debut this year with Renault Kwid and Duster. Companies are giving discounts up to 15% on automobiles.
People were more interested in new motorcycles more because cars tend to be very expensive. There were many offers and schemes with many deals. They included cash prize, vacation package or even two wheeler. Many new companies are coming to Nepali market these days. The main problem is price(more than double of India and International), maintenance and ground clearance.
Cars and SUV: In this polluted environment of Kathmandu, people would love to travel in a a comfortable four wheel vehicle. Cars and SUV are getting better attention each year. There were many manufacturers in the show. Lets list the latest launched automobiles
- Renault: Kwid and Duster. The company also debuted for the first time
- Kia: Picanto and Grand Cranival
- Toyota: Innova Crysta
- Volkswagen: Ameo
- Hyundai: Revised Tucson
- Tata: Tiago
- MG Motors: MG6 and MG3s
- Maruti Suzuki: Vitara Brezza
Hyundai also showcased its i20 Active and Creta. They also had sedan class Hyundai Verna for the show. Suzuki Baleno is also getting great popularity and positive customer feedback. Ford Mustang didn’t come this time but it will be launched eventually according to the company. They had the old Ford Endeavor and Figo for the show.
Mahindra has a good market hold in Nepal and India. The shows contained their most famous SUV’s including KUV100, XUV500 and TUV 300. The new 2016 XUV 500 includes automatic gear shifting system and other refinements over the 2015 version. The price is also a bit higher than the predecessor. According to our sources next generation Mahindra vehicles are in development. Mazda, Honda, Fiat, Ssangyong etc were also present with their all time popular machines.
Bikes and Scooters: The attraction is good on bikes, but scooters are the new fashion master. There were lots of amazing and powerful scooters at the NADA Auto Show 2016. This is the list of newly launched two wheeler.
- Honda : CBR 650F, Honda Navi
- TVS : Apacher RTR 200
- Mahindra: Mojo 300
- Motrac: E-M5, M6. MX, M5
Obviously we saw electric scooters with really nice pricing and power. Vespa displayed the new Marvel themed scooters. The Captain America and Deadpool theme scooters were very cool in looks. There were other older models in the show but TVS Apache 200 is getting good reaction
Summing All up
NADA Auto Show 2016 sported lots of new vehicles for Nepali market. The sales shows increasing love and interest in automobiles. This will surely increase further in future. Companies like Ashok Leyland and Mahindra had big haulers as big as 16 wheeler.
We missed the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Ford Mustang and Jaguar. Our wish is to see Jaguar and Audi cars as soon as possible and also see increased sales of Electric vehicles.