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.

maruti celerio diesel mileageWhenever there is a list of cars which has to do with sales, a Maruti Suzuki product has to be in that list. Same is the case here. The Maruti car we are talking about, is Celerio. Launched at a starting price of 3.90 lakh during Delhi Auto Expo in February this year, Maruti Celerio is the third car on our list of top cars to have a positive impact on Indian auto industry 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 celerio launch price delhi auto expo 2Maruti 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.

Magneti Marelli AMT for Maruti Celerio to be produced in IndiaOffered 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.

Continue to Page 2 for our Car No 2 in this list.