The Eastern Promises Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• As reported in last Sunday’s Automobiles section and by our colleagues at India Ink, the Detroit auto show was preceded by some notable debuts at the Delhi auto expo. The plush Ford EcoSport crossover was stared down in Delhi by a trucklike concept from Maruti Suzuki, the largest automaker by sales volume in India. The XA Alpha concept, measuring roughly 13 feet in length, makes a play for young urban-dwelling Indians with eyes for the Range Rover Evoque but not necessarily the rupees. A production vehicle would be powered by a range of gasoline and diesel engines, the automaker said. (Maruti Suzuki)

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Tata Technologies Readies a Conceptual E.V. for Detroit Auto Show

The Tata Technologies electric mobility concept, or Emo, is a pure concept vehicle, with no clear path to production. So why was it built?

In a word, validation.

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