The 11th Auto Expo 2012 promises to be a bigger and more exciting fair than ever beforeThe stage is set for the 11th Auto Expo 2012. As the clock ticks, the organisers of the event, ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India), CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), and SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), are certain to be working on what is already showing signs of being yet another historic show. The highlight of the event is likely to be the launch of more than 55 vehicles, including several global debuts; and with auto analysts expressing that the market for luxury autos is set to outperform the mass volume auto market in terms of growth, and despite the downturn that is likely to see the Indian passenger vehicle industry end the year with a mere 6% growth. With the performance of luxury cars expected to be a healthy 45 to 50%, Auto Expo 2012 is certain to play host to the unveiling of a fair number of luxury wheels for Indian road. At the forefront is expected to be the German automaker BMW. The company is all set to launch its Mini brand in India, and would be thus displaying the latest model from the German-owned British marque with an interesting history involving sporting events and films. BMW is also expected to display a surprise concept car, and a range of 'M' performance autos, including the M5. Mercedes Benz, the other luxury automaker is expected to unveil the new M-Class, and the B-Class. Mercedes Benz has announced that it will display over 10 cars including the stunning SLS GT3, and the DTM car. Apart from cars from the AMG stable, the company will also introduce a pulse racing new design language. While the fuel cell concept will highlight the German automaker's technological prowess, the company will launch the SLS AMG at the event, followed by the display of concept A-Star. Another German luxury automaker, and a part of the Volkswagen Group, is expected to unveil the Audi S6 and the Q3 compact SUV. Legendary British marques Jaguar and Land Rover have skipped the Detroit Motor Show to exhibit at the Auto Expo. The two marques are expected to display their new offerings in the form of luxury cars, and SUVs as part of the Tata Motors exhibit. At the concept car end, Land Rover is expected to display the DC100. Moving away from the luxury autos, and French automaker Peugeot, which is setting up a manufacturing base in Gujarat, is expected to display a range of vehicles, including those that it would be keen to launch in India in the next year, or two. The models are most likely the 207 and the 508, and the suspense would be over as the company announces its plans for India at the fair. Small car leader, and a dominant force in the Indian passenger car market, Maruti Suzuki, is expected to unveil a five-seater concept SUV. The Indo-Japanese company is also expected to showcase its 'K' series vehicles at the Auto Expo 2012. One of the two models is likely to be a 660cc car, and the other, a 1.2 litre 'K' car. Whether the 660cc car will replace the aging 800 remains to be seen. If it does, buyers in the A-segment will have yet another exciting car to look up to. The other vehicle that will make a debut from Maruti is the Ertiga MPV. Not stopping at the Ertiga, the company is also expected to launch the sub-4m Dzire at the show. Hyundai Motor India is expected to showcase a new small car, a compact SUV concept, and a crossover Veloster. Hyundai is also expected to launch the new Sonata limousine at the show. With the XUV 500 bookings open once again, Mahindra & Mahindra will unveil Ssangyong vehicles at the event. Having acquired the Korean brand two years ago, the company will exhibit the Rexton and Korando-E, which are due to be launched in India shortly. Expected to display the sub-4m Xylo, and the sub-4m Verito sedan, the company will also display the electric version of the Verito, and Reva NXR. Honda Siel Cars India is expected to display its current range of vehicles at the show. Apart from the new, face lifted City, if the 2012 Civic will make an appearance at the show needs to be seen. Nissan is expected to showcase a new MPV (said to be based on NV200 platform) in association with Ashok Leyland. The MPV is likely to be positioned against the likes of Innova and Xylo. Another company expected to display a new utility vehicle is International Tractors. Renault India, apart from displaying the range of vehicles it sells in India, will launch the Pulse small car at the fair. The company is also expected to unveil the Duster SUV. Pune-based Force Motors will display various versions (including the 4x4) of its recently launched SUV, Force One. One of these is expected to be a customised variant, aimed at those who demand more. Skoda Auto India, having launched the Rapid compact sedan based on the Volkswagen Vento platform, was expected to display the Citigo at the expo. The car will however not make it. Instead, Volkswagen Group Sales India will showcase its carlines under the theme Think Blue, Drive Blue. On display rather than the Up will be the 21st century Beetle. Toyota Kirloskar Motor is expected to launch the new Camry, Innova, and Fortuner at the show. Tata Motors is expected to unveil the new Safari SUV at the show, and the diesel variant of its revolutionary small car Nano. Ford India will showcase a new global vehicle (read Ecosport) at the fair. The vehicle is designed to help expand Ford's footprint in the world's fastest growing auto markets including India. Also displayed will be the Figo, Fiesta, Classic and the Endeavour. In the two-wheeler space, the Auto Expo 2012 will have leisure bike manufacturers like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield displaying their wares. The American company, which has set up assembly operations in Haryana, will showcase stock and customised models. The third company to display leisure bikes will be Victory of USA. It is owned by Polaris, which recently acquired the legendary Indian motorcycle brand in the US, and plans to make it big in India with its ATVs, side-by-sides, and bikes. While this event will mark Hero Motorcorp's first outing as an independent entity, its erstwhile partner, Honda, through its Indian company, Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India is expected to display a range of bikes and scooters. Right from the high end machines to relatively tiny, gearless scooters. Suzuki Motorcycles India is also expected to display a range of bikes from big ones to the small ones. Big news will come from Pune-based Piaggio, a producer of commercial three wheelers and small trucks, in the form of the launch of the legendary Vespa scooter. Piaggio owns the Vespa brand, apart from Aprilia, and would be relaunching the same in India. Also making an entry into India will be Triumph Motorcycles. The iconic British motorcycle manufacturer has announced that it will bring seven of its most prominent bikes from each of its four model families (Roadster/Supersports, Adventure/Touring, Modern Classics and Cruisers) to India. While the initial plans include CKD manufacture of the bikes, the offerings begin with the modern interpretation of the British parallel-twin, Bonneville followed by the iconic naked sports bikes Speed Triple and Street Triple. Alongside these will be the exemplary off-roader Tiger 800XC and class-leading supersport bike Daytona 675. Closing the circuit would be the power cruisers of the family - Triumph Storm and the Rocket III. Bajaj Auto, the maker of Pulsar and Discover range of bikes, is expected to showcase its ultra low cost car at the fair. After the Nano, not counting any replacement to the Maruti 800, the Bajaj ultra low cost car is certain to create a good pull for the manufacturer. Renault is said to be involved in this project. Big news from Yamaha is likely to be the launch of scooters. TVS Motor Company is expected to launch the Apache RTR refresh at the show. Suzuki will showcase its international and Indian range of bikes and scooters catering to expectations of various segments of the audience. The international range on display would include sports bikes including the Hayabusa, Intruder M1800, GSX-R1000, GSR750, DL650A (V-Strom) and RMX450Z, while the Indian range would include SlingShot Plus, GS150R and Access 125. As far as commercial vehicles are concerned, Tata Motors is expected to show a new range of trucks it is said to have developed between the Prima and the conventional truck range. The company is also expected to display its range of trucks and buses, including the hybrid bus solutions it has developed. Apart from the MPV mentioned above, unveiled in association with Nissan, Ashok Leyland is expected to display a range of trucks and buses, including the hybrid bus (Hypus) platform it has developed. Having announced a pan-India launch last month, Mahindra Navistar will display its range of trucks. An interesting addition to the range, and expected to be displayed is the 35-tonne car carrier. Exhibiting its range of heavy trucks will be Kamaz Vectra. Expect Volvo Buses India to display a range of interesting inter city and city buses, including a hybrid platform. The event has already booked a full house and spilled over (16 halls, 10 hangers, and the outdoor space in a total comprising 115000 sq.m), at the venue, Pragati Maidan. "Mobility for All" is the central theme of the 11th Auto Expo, as highlighted by Mr Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Steering Committee, during his presentation in mid-December 2011. One of the driving forces for this event is clearly the international focus on the Indian automotive industry, one of the fastest growing in a world plagued by recessions and slowdowns. With a focus on alternative fuels, and electric and hybrid mobility, the event will also have a strong presence of component manufacturers.