In the recent days of lockdowns and constant restrictions, manufacturers have been facing lots of issues like shortage of manpower and parts, along with a lot of other problems regarding transport and logistics. These are the main reasons that they are not being able to speed up the process of rolling cars out from the factories, and this is causing unusually high waiting periods.
Here’s a list of 8 cars with the highest waiting periods-
Mahindra Thar (10 months)
The launch of the Mahindra Thar in October 2020 was quite the awaited event and Mahindra ended up with 15000 bookings in the first 17 days of its launch. Enthusiasts had waited a long time to take a glance at the rugged charm and capabilities of the Thar in a new avatar. Well, we did get to see the launch in its mighty glory, but if you’re looking to purchasing one right now, you won’t be seeing it for a long time. Dealers are quoting waiting periods of up to 10 months for the beast.
Hyundai Creta (5-6 months)
The Hyundai Creta has been in the Indian market for over 6 years now and it has been very well received from the beginning. With a comfortable ride, easy driving dynamics and ample space, the Creta makes a wonderful family car. Right now, if you want one in your garage, the waiting period is up to 5-6 months varying from variant to variant.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (7-months)
The Suzuki Ertiga is a comfortable and reliable ‘people mover’ that comes in at a very affordable price range. The CNG variant of the Ertiga is in high demand as it is the only MPV that comes with a factory-installed CNG kit, all others are available only in Petrol or Diesel variants. The waiting period on this one is around 7 months as of now.
Toyota Fortuner (4-months)
India’s favourite full-size SUV, the Toyota Fortuner has been in the market for a massive 12 years now. Over this period, it has time and again proven its reliability, comfort, off-road performance and whatnot. The Fortuner stands with a waiting period of around 4 months.
Kia Sonet (5-months)
The Sonet is Kia’s answer to the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. There were not a lot of options in this segment and when the Sonet came in along with some segment-first features like Ventilated Seats and Front Parking Sensors, it got a lot of attention. Of course, the appreciation and success of the Kia Seltos also made people curious to see what the Sonet was all about. Right now, it has a waiting period of up to 5 months.
Nissan Magnite (8-months)
The Magnite came in like a knight in shining armour for the sales numbers of Nissan in India. Priced at an attractive Rs.5.49 Lacs(ex-showroom), the sleek-looking sub-4-meter compact SUV was very well received by the buyers. Currently, it stands at a waiting period of up to 8 months.
Kia Seltos (5-months)
Hyundai Creta’s Korean twin, the Kia Seltos also has a huge waiting period for its turbo petrol variant of up to 5 months.
Renault Kiger (7 Months)
The Kiger also comes into the sub-4-meter category. Renault has been facing a shortage of parts and manpower for some time now, which has made the waiting period of the Kiger as long as up to 7 months.