Indian car models that were an instant hit after the launch

Sep 29, 2021 3 min read
Indian car models that were an instant hit after the launch

It takes a lot of efforts and resources to develop and manufacture a new car model. From designers and engineers to sales and marketing teams, a lot of people are involved behind a successful car launch. There is no denying the fact that popular cars also command great resale value in the used car market. However, not all car models become successful instantly like the ones we have mentioned in this article.

1.   Honda City

The Honda City is easily the most comfortable car in its class, due to its softer suspension and ample interior space. Honda City is the appropriate model for those who like spacious rear seats and wish to avoid the difficulties of driving. And, indeed, Honda City has been the company's top model since 1998, and it was an instant hit after its debut.

2.   Maruti Suzuki Alto

Each car segment has an unbeatable king and this tiny hatchback is both affordable and economical. Maruti Suzuki Alto is unquestionably the king of its domain. Since 2000, Maruti Suzuki Alto has been a part of the Indian car market.

This lovely little economical hatchback has undergone several changes over the years in enhancing its efficiency and value for money.

3.   Hyundai Verna

In 2006, the Korean carmaker launched this sedan in India. And it's been a long time, yet it's still one of the most fun-to-drive C-segment sedans available today. The Hyundai Verna was the replacement for the then-popular Accent sedan. However, because both were performing well, Hyundai chose to extend the life of the Accent until 2013. The Hyundai Verna remains a driver-focused car, making it an excellent choice for keen drivers.

4.   Ford Fiesta

Ford was and is one of the finest makers of cars for petrolheads. Unfortunately, this sporty yet powerful car, like the company, is not available in India now.

Ford's cars are tough and robust due to their rally racing DNA. Ford Fiesta was a well-balanced sedan over a bend or curve. It initially performed exceptionally well in India, but its attractiveness faded as rivals entered the market.

5.   Tata Nexon EV

Tata Nexon EV launched in early 2020 in India. The car got increasingly popular as time passed. Earlier, the Tata Nexon EV was just as popular as the Tata Nexon diesel. The Tata Nexon EV is presently the least expensive and most reliable EV available. It features a 127bhp engine that generates a maximum torque of 245Nm.

6.   Maruti Suzuki Swift

Along with SUVs, hatchbacks are a popular choice nowadays. And without a question, it has to be the Maruti Suzuki Swift, which has been and continues to be among the best-selling mid-size hatchbacks on the market. Maruti Suzuki launched this hatchback in the domestic market in 2005. And as soon as it was launched, people immediately fell in love with this hatch.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is still going strong today. The company updated the Swift in early 2021 for the Indian market, giving it a small boost in power.

7.   Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Suzuki is well aware of what the Indian people want. Maruti Suzuki revived the name Baleno in 2015 by rebranding its premium hatchback as the Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is designed to compete with other premium hatchbacks at its launch including Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo, and Honda Jazz.

8.   Skoda Rapid (Rider Plus)

At first, the Skoda Rapid looked like any other car on the road. However, with the adoption of the BS6 emission standards, the situation took a drastic change. It was when Skoda discontinued both the diesel and 1.6-MPI engines in the Skoda Rapid. Rather than that, this car is now pampered with a new 1.0-litre TSI engine.

The Skoda Rapid is equipped with this 1.0-liter TSI engine is in high demand at the time because you were getting a powerful C-segment sedan for the price of a luxury hatchback. As a result, the Skoda Rapid (particularly the Rider Plus model) became one of the segment's best-selling powerful sedans.

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