The Indian auto-market is brimming with options today. The select few car segments that the industry offered a few years back come nowhere near the wide streak of alternatives that the present day buyers get to choose from. And the massive pool of manufacturers from across the world, not to mention their innumerable models in every category, that has accumulated over recent times is simply beyond comparison with what the country's market featured some time back.
The point here is that when even listing all the choices that a potential car buyer of India has today seems to be such a daunting task, actually picking one those innumerable models for everyday use would be nothing but Herculean. And that's where priorities come in. And talking about India, where price is the major driving factor of almost every market and fuel price hikes are the biggest issue for an automobile owner, what could have a higher priority than a modestly priced hatchback that also delivers a satisfactory mileage? So, here we bring our readers those 5 diesel hatchback cars of India that have the best fuel-efficiency to offer their owners.
The money spinning Indian automobile market is home to almost all the car makers from across the globe. This lucrative market houses all the segments prevailing in the global markets and buyers have several vehicles to choose from. There have been quite a few a speculation in the past about which segment is the best and most profitable. Several automobile experts have the opinion that the hatchback segment is the best among the all of them. Indian buyers are mostly middle class people, who have a limited budget and hatchback cars fit into their budgets with ease.
The hatchback segment of the country’s rewarding car market is said to be a money spinner for the car companies. The demand of Hatchback Cars is on the rise as these vehicles are said to be a perfect combination of power and luxury with an affordable price tag as well. In this segment, presently Diesel Cars are very much in demand with the recent increase in the petrol price, yet again. The eternal confusion as usual is that which hatchback is better among the numerous options available in the market. This comparison is among three of the most popular hatchbacks, the recently launched Fiat Grande Punto Sports, Volkswagen Polo and the popular Maruti Swift. The most important part of buying a car is its price and we will start the comparison with it. The Fiat Grande Punto Sports is tagged at Rs. 7.36 lakh, while Volkswagen Polo Price for its highline trim is Rs. 7.49 lakh and the Maruti Swift Price for its ZDi trim is Rs. 6.76 lakh (all prices mentioned are ex-showroom New Delhi). While the first two cars are closer to each other in terms of pricing, Maruti Swift is quite lesser. Let’s see the features of these vehicles as convenience and comfort is next in line after price.
The country’s profitable car market has been hit by another bolt from the blue. The Indian government has implemented a steep hike on petrol and there are speculations that a price hike on diesel is also in the offing. This was like the last nail in the coffin for the automobile manufacturers as they were already reeling under the hike of excise duty applied in this year’s union budget. The situation is quite grim for the car makers as they are baffled and are unable to understand what can be done of this scenario. The petrol car sales had already slumped with the escalating fuel prices since a couple of years. But, now with this gigantic increase, it seems like the car companies have been driven up the wall. On the other hand, Diesel Hatchbacks in the price range of Rs. 3 to Rs. 5 lakh are doing tremendously well. These Diesel Cars are fuel efficient and are equipped with powerful engines, which are apt for the Indian road and traffic conditions. These diesel Hatchback Cars have impressive Power and boast of a remarkable Mileage, which is luring all the car buyers into picking these instead of the petrol versions.
One of the most popular and reputed car manufacturers from Japan, Nissan Motor Company Limited has done wonderful business last fiscal. The company has revealed their financial results for the fiscal of 2011-12, which has been a year of record sales for the company across the globe. Apart from this tremendous success, their innovative electric car, Nissan Leaf has been adjudged as the best selling hybrid car across the world. Nissan Motors have registered net revenue of US $ 118.95 billion, while their operating profit is US $ 5.01 billion. The company has sold close to 4.845 million vehicles globally, which is a boost of 15.8% from the previous fiscal of, 2010-11. This remarkable feat has also increased the market share of the company to 6.4% across the world’s automobile markets. Talking on this achievement, Mr. Carlos Ghosn, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Company Limited stated: “The Company has done marvelous sales and have generated healthy operating profits in the midst of increasing demands of our vehicles, brand name and technologies across the globe”. He was elated that despite the trouble created by natural calamities, their local currency (Yen) being over valued and with the ongoing unsure economic conditions, the company has come out with flying colors.
The year 2010 witnessed the launch of numerous cars. That is why the auspicious occasion of Diwali brings a comprehensive choice for the Indian customers to buy a car. There were a lot of new launches as well as upgrades in the hatchback class. So let us discuss all these hatchback choices which are broadly being classified in 2 price ranges as those hatchbacks which are available in Rs 1 – 3 lakh category and the other class is of those hatchbacks which are available in Rs 3 - 5 lakh.
Hatchback cars which are available in Rs 1 – 3 lakh category
Tata Motors’ Tata Nano has got an all-sheet-medal body and weighs around 1,300 pounds. Nano which is popularly known as people’s car incorporates crumple zones, seat belts and can achieve a top speed of 106 kmph. This July, the price of Nano went up by 3-4 per cent because of increase in the price of raw materials. This hike was of Rs 3,700 to Rs 6,894 for various variants.