In 1983, Indian auto market was gifted with an automobile by Maruti Suzuki, it was nothing but a reworked or better put re-badged Suzuki Fronte. The sales of the car rose to over 2.5 million since introduction till it was recently made to fade away gradually for having served a remarkable life to drive India efficiently. Named as the first economy-car, Maruti Suzuki 800, was the best seller till 2004, when “Alto”, by the same company entered India to take the same title. When Alto too did its time, it disappeared from market in 2012 to make way for Maruti Alto 800. The car is seemingly doing well and is still keeping memories of 800 and Alto, alive. Lets throw light on the three generations of 800 and know how it became, people's car.
“Had this model been a little more fuel efficient, I would have gone for this car for sure.”
“That car is all fine. Its engine efficiency is impressive, it looks good; but its ride quality does not match with its price.”
“Well, this car comes at a competitive price, but its interior is not equipped with the contemporary features. The exterior, too, could have been given a better finishing touch.”
Don't the words above seem familiar? Whenever you plan to buy a car, or help your friend to decide which car to buy, these points of view are sure to occur. Everybody wants to go for the car that he/she thinks to be perfect. Of course, no one is going to expect a car with Ferrari like features while the budget is not higher than ten lakhs. However, everybody will crosscheck each and every aspect of a model to make sure that they get the best and most cost-effective model within the budget.
The Indian auto-market is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing markets on the entire planet. That is the reason why every car-manufacturer of the world, big and small, is trying to grab a share of it. In this rapidly progressing industry, where every segment has a lot of potential for returning huge profits to investors, it is the newly-introduced section of the compact SUV cars that is moving ahead with unmatched momentum, leaving most of the other segments behind on the growth charts. This immense potential for growth, together with the absence of too fierce a competition, has led some of the most prominent camps of the automotive world like Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Motors and Honda to try their luck in this field, which, in turn, has cleared the way for a huge rush of new arrivals that is going to hit the Indian shores quite soon. Here’s a look at what the crossover market of India can expect to welcome in near future.
After subjecting the entire nation to quite a long and agonizing wait, Maruti Suzuki India has finally rolled out its latest offering, the 2013 Wagon R. For the past few months, the MSI camp has enjoyed itself quite a lot, tantalizing its admirers by giving them access to nothing more than a couple of fleeting glimpses of this new model in their latest TV commercial called as 'Festivals'. And as if that was not tormenting enough, the manufacturer decided to further heighten the anxiety levels by releasing the very first official pictures of the hatch on 12th January, exactly two days before the launch ceremony was scheduled to take place. Having successfully gathered all the hype and publicity that it clearly intended on acquiring for this launch, the company, at last, presented the latest facelift of its flagship hatchback car to the Indian audience yesterday. Walking out on the ramp in a group of four variants, three of which were petrol-consumers while the fourth one was stated to feed on CNG, the 2013 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R came sporting a starting price of Rs 3.78 lakh for the LX variant. As for the LXi, LXi CNG and VXi models, they have been made available at respective costs of Rs 4.12 lakh, Rs 4.69 lakh and Rs 4.39 lakh (all costs are ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Maruti Suzuki India, which is not only the largest but also the most trusted of all car-manufacturers in the Indian automotive industry, is all set to roll-out a freshly upgraded version of its immensely popular hatchback car, Wagon R. Popularly known as the Blue Eyed Boy, Wagon R has been one of the most favourite family cars of the country ever since it made its first public appearance way back in 1999. And now that it is going to be out in a brand new avatar, its popularity is only going to touch new heights. For months the upcoming 2013 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been teased in MSI's newest TV commercial, and now it is finally time for the real deal to step out in the open.
The stature of the Indian automobile industry just keeps getting bigger everyday. This time around, it is Suzuki Motors' turn to make their contribution. Walking in the footstep of its global competitors, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has announced its decision to shift its production base for its small cars from Japan to India. A closer analysis makes it quite obvious that this move by Suzuki came after they took a cue from Hyundai and Nissan, who have already set up their global production hubs in India. On the other hand, Toyota and Honda have also made the country a manufacturing hub for a handful of their models. According to reports, the shift will be gradual as its subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India’s future Gujarat factory is set to become the company's new export hub for the their entire small-car range. Upon completion, the facility is expected to be capable of producing 1.5 million cars a year at full capacity. Suzuki Motor Corporation owns 54.2 per cent of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, which happens to be India’s largest passenger-car maker. The transfer is expected to take place once the proposed plant at Gujarat is up and about.
Following the shut down of the most popular car of India, a gaping hole was left in the position of the 'People's Car' that was once occupied by our very own Maruti 800. To fill in that hole and to bring around the much-needed make-over in the current best-seller, Maruti Suzuki India has come up with an all-new avatar of Alto that has been scheduled for a 16th October launch. Surrounded by the festivities of Diwali, this launch is speculated to bring out more than one fresh variants of Maruti Alto 800. But the one that is going to have most eyes set upon itself is the one with the CNG fuel-bank. With conventional fuel prices on an all time high, this feature directly targets the common man and works for a booming sales-chart for MSI in times to come. To add to the people's delight, Maruti Alto 800 price is most probably going to be in the price bracket of Rs 2 lakh – 3 lakh. But according to recent Maurti Alto 800 reviews , the CNG version will be about Rs 30,000 premium of its siblings.
With the ever-rising demands of diesel-powered cars in India, the petrol-consumers seem to be losing their footing in the auto-market. Taking cue from this recent shift in preferences, Maruti Suzuki India have smartly launched the revamped version of Wagon R titled as the Wagon R PRO. In a clever move to hike the dwindling sales of its petrol-powered hatchback, Maruti Suzuki India have released this limited edition version with 10 new features to lure the customers in. With the Maruti Wagon R PRO price being tagged at Rs 4.45 lakh, the additional accessories have been pronounced to cost a total of Rs 30,000. The brilliant marketing twist here being that Maruti is offering these new features at a reduced cost of Rs 20,000. This implies that for a streak of cosmetic tweaks and added features, the auto-maker is offering a straight away discount of Rs 10,000 over the outside vendors – clearly keeping its fingers crossed for a boastful sales curve.
The Indian automotive industry today proudly stands amidst the world's largest and fastest growing auto-markets while legendary automobile marques from around the globe continue to step in every other day collaborating with the Indian auto-makers and lining up every segment with cars that are not just innovations but absolute revolutions. Of all the segments that the Indian auto-market entails, it is the sedan segment that is practically on fire with state-of-the-art luxury machines entering the market every now and then only to fuel the inferno of competition between world champions even more. And here's what comes up when we take a look at the most popular sedans in India.
Price : Rs 12.51 – 15.85 lakh (Ex-showroom New Delhi)