The Indian auto industry is a potpourri of vehicles being offered both by Indian as well as global auto makers. Some made their mark in the Indian market in an instant while others failed to attract a fair share of buyers. Indians who aspire to own a car usually look for comfort, mileage, price and looks. During the year 2012, diesel variants were much in demand for which rising petrol prices were to blame. Petrol variants were a neglected lot which suffered from diminished sales while diesel variants were so much in demand that it resulted in long waiting lists.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 was among one of the more popular models especially among middle class buyers. Also from the same auto makers was the second popular vehicle WagonR hatchback which again attracted more customers in the middle class range. Enhanced mileage was a major attraction as this vehicle offers a range from 13.1 to 26.2 kmpl.
Mahindra Bolero was a winner due to its enhanced looks and innovative design along with improved mileage. Where this hatchback lacked was in rear seat comforts. Hyundai i20 upgraded to i-Gen i20 or Fluidic i20 was also a major success during 2012 specially with its high tech 1.4 U2 CRDi diesel engine mated to a six speed manual transmission that offers 90 PS power and 13.9 Nm torque. Tata Motors Indica and Indica Vista too are well priced vehicles offering maximum amount of interior space, but the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has grabbed a great deal of attention due to its sporty looks, interior space and infotainment and technological features offered.