The Indian Automotive market is competitive, Period! And in order to survive or at least to get a good market share in the country out of the box products are crucial. So, to do just that, all the Indian carmakers put in an extra effort in all the vehicles, into the research and manufacturing. Next, it’s up to the customers that make or break the sales of that particular car. Now, not all cars from a particular company are successful (exceptions are always there, MS) So, over the years, many cars and car companies have come and gone and there always has been than one car that was or is lucky for their respective carmakers. Which is what we are after today. In Today’s read, we have come up with 7 cars in the Indian market that did surprisingly good for their companies. In no particular order Let’s get going, shall we!
There is one car on the list that has been a part of almost all the unique trends of the country’s automotive industry, Honda City. This fun to drive sedan has been the longest producing car in the Honda’s stable, it is the vehicle that is famous among the tuners.
And also, Honda City is the vehicle that the Indian customer has truly adored. Speaking of which, in 2020, yet again Honda gave this super sedan (not in literal terms) has by far been the luckiest vehicle in the Hoda’s lineup. Many machines from Honda have seen good as well as terrible days but City, Nada!
The carmakers that have somewhat struggled in the Indian market is Nissan, now. It is the Nissan Magnite that has put Nissan back into the game. Well, the thing is that the cars from Nissan are in no terms inferior that their competitors but rather are among the top when it comes to the engineering that went into them. We feel Magnite can be the perfect example.
Launched in 2020 the Nissan Magnite became an instant hit. What suddenly made it click, you may ask? Well, the new subcompact SUV from the Japanese carmaker offers the perfect blend of low price and high-value products. It comes with all the necessary features and some luxury features. However, what it misses is a sunroof, not complaining just stating. All in all, it is a well-rounded package.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Coming next to the carmaker that always has India’s largest automotive market share, Maruti Suzuki. It is almost impossible to say which vehicle from Maruti is lucky for the company as there are numerous. Still, if we have to choose among the modern vehicles that Maruti Suzuki offers, we’d say it is the Swift that fared to be lucky for the company.
Swift first came somewhere in the middle of the 2000s and is still going long and strong. This has to do with the exceptional ride quality and driving dynamics of the vehicle. Next, in the first quarter of 2021 Maruti Suzuki did update the swift and gave the hatchback the new dual jet powerhouse.
This means, already fun to drive hatchback, became even more powerful. Now, Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with a 1.2-Litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that is capable of generating 90ps of max power and 113Nm of peak torque.
It is a sad week for another American carmaker Ford, as recently they have announced their exit from India. For more details about this news, we’d recommend you to visit GoMechanic news or Click Here! With that out of our way, Ford Ecosport at the time of its launch was an instant hit. It was 2012 when Ford came up with one of the potent subcompact SUVs in the market, Ecosport.
Back then with a potent naturally aspirated petrol and a diesel engine, Ecosport also came with a 3-time award-winning 1.0-litre (turbo petrol) EcoBoost petrol engine. from day one Ford has never stopped making cars for the ones that love the driver’s seat, Ecosport is a prime example. With all the said above, we think that Ford Ecosport does deserve the hall of fame of Indian cars.
The other carmaker that didn’t see the sales numbers they were expecting in their first year is Renault. If you are not aware, the first vehicle to enter the Indian market with Renault’s badge was the Renaut Logan, which wasn’t at all lucky. The first car to see a sudden increase in sales was the Renault Duster.
Also, this was the beginning of the new era of compact SUVs in the Indian market. After the Yeti, Renaut Duster was the most affordable compact SUV in the segment. Also, unlike the other pseudo SUVs, Duster was indeed more than just a crossover. With its first update, Duster was also offered an AWD drive train, the first in the segment.
Being a utilitarian vehicle, it surely did what it was precisely built for, tackle Indian roads. Hence we can say that Duster was lucky for the French carmaker Renault.
The German-owned Czech carmaker Skoda had its own share of lucky vehicles in the Indian market. Though they are limited but are one heck of a marvel. One of the cars in the brand’s line-up is the Rapid. Skoda Rapid has not been the top-selling in the Indian market but it was in fact it makes Skoda happy for a while.
Rapid is famous in India’s car community as it is one of the prime options for the one seeking driving pleasure. Skoda Rapid with its BS6 update got even more energetic and a lot more fun.
In this update, Skoda ditched the diesel as well as the naturally aspirated petrol engine. Now, this sedan comes with a 1.0-Litre turbo petrol engine that is capable of generating 110 ps of peak power and 175Nm of maximum torque.
Fun Fact: Skoda Rapid is the fastest accelerating sedan in its segment. It can clock 0-100kmph in way under the 10-second mark.
The hatchback that is the driver’s choice in India is the Volkswagen Polo. Also, because of this reason it also happens to be like a lucky charm for the company. Another reason it is lucky is that from the first day it was launched this hatch has seen very little changes in and out.
Interesting read: 5 Things To Know About The 2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI
To date, Volkswagen remains to be a barebone vehicle that only comes with basic features and that’s about it. Well, the thing that has changed is the people’s mindset which still allows them to buy this vehicle in 2021.
But when it comes to the update, Volkswagen might launch the new generation of this hot hatch somewhere in 2021 or in 2022. Besides, its a Polo and it is built like a tank and no one in their right mind can go wrong with it.
Let us know in the comment section below which another vehicle you think was or is luck for their manufacturers?