The Indian automotive industry has grown very briskly. New car brands have come up and the options available in the market are innumerable. The competition in the market is still growing with new brands coming up so frequently. Many foreign brands have invested in the Indian market seeing its potential but there are some cars which are still there on the Indian roads in great numbers despite their discontinuation. These iconic cars have been the favourites of the Indian population and they have been conserved only because they are so iconic! We countdown 10 most popular discontinued cars in India.
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Maruti 800 was the first affordable 4 wheeler in India. This car won the hearts of the Indian people and was sold in great numbers. It ruled the Indian market and remained the best selling car for a great period of time. Maruti had to forcefully replace it with the Alto. You can still see many maintained Maruti 800s on the roads. These belong to the people who bought it because they loved it and as they say, true love never dies!
Maruti Suzuki Zen
Maruti Suzuki Zen became a popular hatchback after the 800. This car gained popularity very quickly due to its capabilities. This car was launched in 1993 and was discontinued due to increasing competition in 2006. The people who bought the Zen have preserved it for some reason or the other. You would easily be able to spot the Zen on Indian roads even today!
Hyundai launched this premium sedan back in 1999. The Hyundai Accent became very popular in the Indian market in 2005. This sedan saw a lot of changes over its lifetime and gradually gained popularity. The Accent was powered by a 1.5-litre engine and produced 94 bhp of power. This car can still be seen on the roads and is a popular choice among those who want to buy a used sedan at a really affordable budget!
Maruti Suzuki Omni
The only reason why Maruti Suzuki had to discontinue this was the updated safety regulation, which made this car unfit for the Indian roads. All of the 90s kids have a special connection with this one. All of us have travelled in the Omni at least once! The Omni is a complete value for money considering the cabin space and the staggering fuel mileage. This car is still quite common with the goods carriers and cargo too.
Hyundai Santro Xing
Talking of the tallboys, how can we forget the Santro Xing! Hyundai introduced the Santro back in 2003 to counter the Maruti Suzuki WagonR. Indians have loved the Santro from the first generation itself. Though the Santro was discontinued for a long period of time, the older generation models are still a common sight on the roads. The Hyundai Santro Xing can still be seen in great numbers that one can doubt if they have actually been discontinued!
Maruti Suzuki Sx4
As this car’s advertisement said Men are back! This car sports a really manly stance and at the same time delivers a great deal of luxury at an affordable price. This was the first premium sedan by Maruti Suzuki for the Indian market but couldn’t do quite well due to the tough competition given by the Honda City. The Sx4 was popular for its excellent cabin space and ride quality and is still a good option to consider if you want to buy a low budget luxury sedan.
Honda City (2nd Gen)
This 2nd generation Honda City sedan has been ruling the mid-sized segment for 20 years now. This car has been updated several times throughout its journey. We can still see every version of this car commonly on the roads. The 2004 dolphin version is still in use. Surprising but true!
Maruti Suzuki Esteem
Following the Maruti 800, the Esteem was another successful venture by the company. When Maruti Suzuki rolled out the Esteem, it gathered great sale numbers and became very popular in a short span of time! We could easily call it the beginning of modernisation in the field of cars! This iconic car still rules the heart of true racers and can be easily seen in the rally events very frequently.
This MPV has been a popular choice for a long time. The muscular Tata Sumo has been well known in the tier-II and tier-III markets. The reason behind the popularity of this vehicle is the easy availability of parts and quick repairs. Be it the police force or any other arena, the Tata Sumo is showing no signs of extinction and is still popular in villages and town areas.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The name says it all! The iconic Gypsy is one of those iconic cars which refuse to die. The Gypsy is extremely common among the offroading enthusiasts. This was the most affordable 4X4 vehicle ever made! We can still find many heavily modified Gypsys on the roads. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is and will be a common sight on the Indian roads in the forthcoming years too!