Blog: Chris WrightDelhi driving

Chris Wright | 4 January 2012

I’d quite forgotten how chaotic the roads are in Delhi.

Leaving the airport en route to the motor show here, the nice new expressway soon merges into the old two lane highway. When I say two lane, I mean three, four or even five created on an ad hoc basis by cars, buses, trucks, tuk tuks, and bikes, all sounding their horns. It can be quite a cacophony and I remember being told by Nissan when they started building the new Micra in India that the horn switch had to be beefed up for the local market.

Part of the problem, I guess, is that India is outgrowing itself. Businesses of all kinds are setting up all over the place and the infrastructure is lagging behind. Delhi is notorious for its parking problems as well – there are very few car parks.

It will be interesting to see what the motor show, which opens tomorrow, is like. First, I am seeing Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for a press conference and dinner while breakfast is with Tata Group chief Ratan Tata.

A busy 24 hours before jumping on a jet back to the UK – then another 24 hours before heading to Detroit for the show there. Bit of a crazy start to the new year.


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