The battlefield is set and now only the warriors are awaited. Indian automobile market has become the hotspot for many automotive giants across the planet and with a rampant growth of nearly 40% every year, the Indian automobile industry is all set to become one of the market leaders in the coming years. This surge in potential has not gone unnoticed, which can be seen with plenty of international carmakers entering the Indian market for a bite of the great profit pie that is expanding exponentially. One of the arenas experiencing a lot of tough competition in the automobile sector is the small car segment. With all the key players having already delivered their mainstay models, the urge to get better and superior is extremely obvious.
Almost all major manufacturers from around the world have opened their plants in India. The Indian leader TATA, on the other hand, has crossed oceans and become an international player. Another Indian market leader, Maruti Suzuki is also making charged efforts at retaining its market share with huge efforts from the new administration. The battle is just getting better and better, as companies are launching the latest vehicles from around the world intending to capture the maximum customer base and even debuting cars in the Indian markets, prior to launch in other countries. This year saw the New Beetle, 500, Golf, Polo, Punto and M300 (that’s the Beat) gain entry into the Indian markets and set the markets on fire. For 2011, our prediction is “just wait and watch”. Here are some interesting models that will honk at your rear pretty soon.
Upcoming Small Cars In India In 2011
Being rumored to be right around the corner for quite sometime now, VW will not be launching Golf anytime sooner than late December, which again means a wait till 2011 to see this beauty on the roads. We do not wish to decipher Golf for you as every enthusiast of motoring knows it quite well and if you are a gamer, then you may have even driven it around virtually.
The first major launch of the year will be Hyundai’s i30. Hyundai has been generous enough to bring both i10 and i20 early to India for the launch, but when it came to the i30, things were a bit different. The car has been around for sometime in Europe and was first launched in 2007. We hope this new car makes a good impact in India, where both i10 and i20 have achieved enormous success. The i30 has numerous accolades to its name including the title of being the most satisfying car 2010 in Britain and best family hatch of 2009 in New Zealand.
What more can you ask from this German luxury carmaker other than Audi A3. The company is all set to bring its premium compact sports car into India in 2011. Though nothing is confirmed of the price range, many auto enthusiasts are dying to get their hands on Audi A3, which explains the charm that the car will exude when it sets its wheels in India. The variant coming to India will most probably be Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro.
May be one of the oldest models debuting in India, the first Colt was produced in 1962 and the latest iteration has been dated to 2003. But the Colt has received numerous upgrades in style and technology over the years and is all set to rule the roster. Let’s hope it really brings back the times when lancers were ruling the roads. (They would still have ruled, if they had brought the EVOs in, but who are we to tell)
This is Reva in a whole new avatar. If any of you would have visited the Frankfurt Motor Show, you would have known why. The all-new Reva is completely stunning and equally power packed. The styling is amazing, courtesy of our very own DC (Yes! Dilip Chhabria). This next gen car boasts of high grade interiors and can easily fit four people. But what’s most interesting is that it is powered by new age technology, without emissions. Now that’s innovation!
Mahindra Renault Sandero
Auto major Renault were planning to launch its new hatchback Renault Sandero in India as a joint venture with Mahindra, under the name Mahindra Renault in 2010, but they have pushed the dates further into 2011. Mahindra Renault Sandero will be available in both petrol as well as diesel engine option. The petrol engine is likely to about 1200cc capacity and diesel engine is around 1500cc capacity. Mahindra Renault will use their Nasik based manufacturing plant to assemble the vehicles.
When everyone is bringing in new gear, how can our very own Maruti stay behind? In comes the new Cervo, which is actually not very new. Do you know that all the Maruti’s top selling models in India were actually Cervos or its iterations including the iconic 800, Zen and the first gen Alto? But the fifth generation Cervo that is set to launch in India has more in common grounds with the now defunct Estillo. The Cervo looks good and with a price tag in the range of 1.5-2 lakh, it will directly compete with the Nano.
Tata Indica Vista Electric
Talk of small cars in India and you just cannot miss out on Indica! India’s first completely indigenous car will now have an electric variant for its Vista model. The Vista has already been a success since its launch and with the electric option available, it will just improve the performance much more.
Don be confused the “!”. It is part of the name and it’s not us, but VW who let it remain for the dramatic effect we guess. UP! was first seen at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept, but with VW announcing the production in 2010, rumors are ripe that the car will launch in 2011 and India will be one of the debut markets. The car is part of the new line-up of cars VW is producing under the segment New Small Family Cars.
Tata Nano Hybrid
Arguably the biggest launch of the year for the Indian middle class! Tata Nano created history on its launch and has had a successful run till date with demand always surpassing the supply. With the hybrid variant touted to be even more economical and spectacular in design, don’t be surprised to see a surge in Nanos on the roads. However, we must remember that hybrids are always costlier. For those who have not taken to the hybrid lifestyle still, we hope your frame of mind changes this time around!
Nissan Ultra Low Car (ULC)
This is a joint venture between Renault-Nissan and Indian motorcycle giants Bajaj. Bajaj Auto says its $2,500 car, which it is building with Renault and Nissan Motor, will aim at a fuel-efficiency of 30 km/litre or twice an average small car, with carbon dioxide emissions of 100 gm/km. Now if this comes true, we are sure that Nissan ULC is sure to create some serious ripple in the fuel deprived and economy crazy market.