Keeping other industries aside, 2015 is definitely a very good one for the automotive industry in India.
In 2015, several new models in various segments and rate cut on car loans, sales went up by more than 11%.
Especially, there are 12 new model cars, which showed a great influence on the auto industry in 2015. Let us know about them.
It seems, the French car maker got the power to recolonise India, through Kwid. The car went viral, with the least cost of Rs. 3 lakh. In fact, that is what shocked many, as the car has qualities of a top notch.
Ford Figo Aspire
Ford Figo is a stand-out winner in Sedans, sub-4 metre category. It is beautiful, refined and cleverly priced by the Ford, who might have now come to a conclusion in implementing their formula, in a better way.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Attempting to go premium through their Nexa showrooms and some ‘premium cars’, Maruti Suzuki had a busy year. Baleno, was not liked by a few, saying that, it is similar to Swift, while a few others felt that, the 1.2L engine for such chunky machine was a bit underpowered.
Maruti Suzuki S-cross
S-Cross is nothing but an idea of a crossover to take on a compact SUV. That is the reason, Maruti Suzuki failed. Because you only need an ace card to trump a king!
Mahindra TUV 300
Except for the fact, TUV 300, comes from a brand, which made XUV500 and KUV100. there is no reason to like the car. Mahindra might have introduced 300, just to fill the long gap.
Being the only new launch of the year, Creta bagged the coveted Indian Car of the year (ICOTY) award. Than anyone else, Hyundai has more reasons to end the year on a high note. The attractive looks and huge marketing, helped this “perfect SUV” cross the disastrous name barrier that clouted over it.
Maruti Suzuki brought an MPV with Ertiga, that is difficult to emulate. Similar to that, Honda’s Mobilio and Renault created some ripples with Lodgy. The car was more practical indeed, only if they had better stylists and a name and brand like Maruti Suzuki in the country, to sell more.
Fiat Punto Abarth
In July Abarth shook Fiat up from its slumber, with Abarth 595 Competizione. After the Rs 30-lakh worth “scorpion” [the logo and the identity of Abarth] could not bite many in India, Fiat thought to raise the mercury with Punto. This car gets a new boosted engine and new racing decals enough, to turn some heads, on the roads across the country.
To experience a king size MPV, Trailblazer would be the best one to go for. It beats several rivals, but not a good play for Chevrolet which has not seen sales in the green, since long.
Mercedes AMG GT S
Mercedes has several reasons to celebrate high, this new year. In 2015, the Mercedes’ Chakan plant was expanded with an investment of Rs 150 crore, to annually produce extra 20,000 units. They even launched 15 new cars, last year, which included some facelifts and comebacks.
The AMG GT S was one of the most eye-popping releases from the German automaker. The premium sports coupé is powered by a 4-litre bi-turbo engine and can be yours at Rs 2.4 crore.
Mercedes Maybach S500 and S600
Maybach is the luxury car range with extra things, be it in comfort, power, majesty and even in price. Last year, the Mercedes launched Maybach S600 at Rs 2.6 crore and the S500 at Rs 1.67 crore, which turned as the most expensive car assembled in the country.
If you are affordable to take out Rs. 2.29 crore, nothing would be as luxurious as BMW i8. Adding to it, it is an electric hybrid sports-car.
By Phani Ch