Top 3 cars launched in India this year
Even as the auto sector continues to post lower than expected sales and diminishing profits, in spite of car makers offering exciting discounts, there have been some exciting launches during the first six months of 2014. Here’s a look at the top three new cars which helped auto industry grow in 2014.
India’s first and only car currently, to be offered with Automated Manual Transmission, car buyers in India came in numbers in order to book one. Within less than two months of the launch, bookings of Celerio had crossed 35,000 units, half of them for the AMT variant.
Maruti had not anticipated this. They had expected AMT to constitute 25% of the overall sale. With 50% buyers opting for AMT, Maruti had no other option but to increase waiting period as the manufacturer of AMT, Magnetti Marelli was on a production constraint.
In order to meet reduce waiting period, Magnetti Marelli has plans of setting up a plant inside Maruti’s Manesar plant vendor park. Once this is done, production of AMT will increase, thus resulting in clearing pending deliveries of Celerio AMT. As of today, a dealer in Pune confirmed that they have stopped taking bookings of Celerio AMT variant due to waiting period already crossing 6 months.
Offered in a choice of petrol and CNG powered options, Celerio sales have averaged at 5,447 units monthly. Weiging 830 kgs, Celerio claims to deliver mileage of 23.1 kmpl in manual as well as AMT variant. It is powered by a 1.0l three cylinder K Series Petrol Engine generating 68 PS. For more info on Maruti Celerio, here is our review.
The second car on our list is Hyundai Xcent compact sedan. Based on their successful Grand i10 hatchback, Hyundai launched Xcent at a starting price of Rs 4.66 lakhs. Offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, Xcent competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki DZire and Honda Amaze. Very soon it will have more competition as Tata gets ready to launch their sub 4 meter sedan, Zest.
Speaking about engines, it features the same options as seen on Grand i10. For petrol it has 1.2l Kappa four cylinder engine generating 83 PS max power and 114 Nm peak torque. Whereas the diesel engine is in the form of a new 1.1l 2nd gen CRDi generating 72 PS max power and 180 Nm peak torque. Mileage claimed by Hyundai for petrol Xcent is 19.1 kmpl and that for diesel variant is 24.4 kmpl.
Within a month of its launch, Hyundai announced that Xcent bookings have crossed 11,000 mark. Not only this, post the launch of Xcent and Grand i10, Hyundai India’s Chennai plant utilization reached 91%, highest in the country for any car maker. As far as sales are concerned, Hyundai Xcent has managed to register average monthly sales of 5,810 units.
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As you can see in the image above, the top new car in our list to create a positive impact on India’s auto industry, is none other than the trusted Honda City. Launched earlier this year in January at a starting price of Rs 7.42 lakhs, Honda City demand was such that even before the launch day, the booking order had crossed 9,000 units.
Earlier this month, during Mobilio Media Drive event in Nashik, Honda Cars India have revealed that their City sedan sales have already crossed the 45,000 mark. For the period January to June 2014, Honda City’s monthly sales have averaged 7,467 units, highest for any car launched in 2014 in India.
Offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine, Honda City sales have far surpassed that of rival Hyundai Verna, which was the previous segment leader. As of now, City sales leads Verna’s by a ratio of 2:1. Offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, City diesel comes with 1.5l iDTEC engine generating 100 PS power and 200 Nm torque, while delivering mileage of 25.8 kmpl. City petrol comes with 1.5l iVTEC generating 119 PS power and 145 Nm torque, while delivering mileage of 17.8 kmpl with manual transmission, and 17.9 kmpl in CVT (automatic) transmission. You can read Rush Lane’s Honda City Drive Review here.
Honda City demand continues to grow. Its waiting period in select models stretches up to 4 months. Honda Car India is actively working towards reducing this as their new plant in Tapukara is now ready and has started production.
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