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Opinion: A silver lining

Team OD  | Updated: May 09, 2013, 04:17 PM IST

Aargh! I won't be going for the Auto Expo 2012 in Delhi. This biennial event is what I had been waiting for since the time I joined OVERDRIVE. But I am staying back to ensure that our website gives you the Expo 'breaking news' as soon as it happens.

I have never been to the Expo before and my only experience at ogling beauties of the four and two wheeled kind was in Mumbai when an auto exhibition was organized a few years back.

However, I am being told that the Auto Expo in Pragati Maidan is the biggest one in Asia and a very tiring one. The constant walking from one manufacturer stall to another is almost like running a marathon. Well I am glad I don't have to do it. So all in all, it's a silver lining in the cloud, then. (Well, that's what I have to keep telling myself).

However, if I were to visit the 2012 Auto Expo, I would head to the Hyundai stall to see the sleek Veloster, the new Elantra and the facelifted Sonata. Other than that, the second stall I will be visiting will be Nissan for its new NV200, the one slated to take on the Innova in the MUV segment. Bajaj's RE60 - an anti-car in Rajiv Bajaj's own words, deserves a closer look as well.

Being a bike enthusiast, how could I miss out the bevy of Triumphs, Royal Enfields and Hyosungs especially the affordable GT250 which will be unveiled at the Expo. Sadly, the most awaited bike, KTM Duke 200 will be missing in action. However, whatever is happening there, will be relayed onto me via tweets, emails and images. So, I can still admire those beauties, not as a firsthand experience though. The wait continues till 2014 now.

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