The global automobile giants are now eying India as a hot spot to sell there machines. Be it a small car section, hatchback section, Sedan section or SUV section these giants are very keen to launch their products in India. This is the result of the economic boom in the automobile industry in India. In the last decade, the population that can afford a four-wheeler has increased drastically. Earlier it was only the upper middle class and elite class who could think of buying a four-wheeler buy in today’s scenario even a middle middle-class individual can have one.
The most poplar car on Indian road you can see very often is the hatchback cars. These cars are very popular among the middle class section as well as the upper class section. Most of the launches in last few years were the hatchbacks. They are comfortable, they are spacious, they are luxurious too and most importantly, they are affordable. When these key features when combine with latest technology and superb design, the result is a masterpiece for sure.
Latest Six Hatchback models that can enter Indian Market in near future:
The most popular automobile giant is India is Maruti. Maruti has launched maximum number of small and hatchback cars in India. Maruti’s Alto has been the best selling car for two consecutive years and still tops the list. The entrant in the hatchback section would be Maruti Cervo. The hatchback is likely to be equipped with a K6A DOHC engine with VVT. The 660cc engine will offer 54bhp. It will be loaded with 4-speed auto gearbox and bluetooth capability. Suzuki has sold Cervo in Japan for many years. The car may be priced below Rs 200,000 to compete with Tata Nano as well as othet yet to be launched small cars.
Hyundai is by far India’s second largest passenger car maker and it may soon launch its internationally successful model i30 in India. The car known for its refinement, interior space and fuel economy will hit Indian roads in early 2011. The launch of C segment hatchback i30 will the next big thing for Hyundai after successful launches of i10 and i20 in India.
According to Rediff.com “Hyundai i30 is likely to be launched in both petrol and diesel versions with manual and automatic transmission options. Considering the South Korean company’s understanding of the Indian market along with its network of dealers, i30 is most likely to be a successful product after its launch.”
Fiat’s new car with sleek design the hatchback Bravo may hit Indian roads by the end of this year. The car is equipped with a 1.9 Ltr Multijet engine that delivers maximum power of 150 bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 305 nm at 2000 rpm. It can cover 0-100kph in 9 seconds.Bravo was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in Germany in 2007.
According to Rediff.com “Equipped with cutting-edge technology, Bravo offers a slew of useful features and plush interiors. Fiat is expecting Bravo to both expand its market share in India as well as enhance its brand image.”
Mahindra Renault Sandero
Indian small and hatchback car market is growing with a fast pace. The automobile giants do not want to loose this opportunity. So, Mahindra Renault also planning to launch its Hatchback model “Renault Sandero” in India. IN the international market the car is manufactured by Renault’s subsidiary Dacia. The Mahindra Renault’s Manufacturing plant at Nashik is likely to produce Sandero. The car is 4.02 meters in length with storage capacity of 320 litres.
According to Rediff.com “It is likely to be launched in both petrol and diesel versions. The features of the car will include anti lock braking system, a rail direct injection 1.5 dCi engine and padded doors. Sandero will be Renault’s entry into the fast growing small car segment of India. The Indian joint venture partner Mahindra will also get foothold in the small passenger car segment of the country. Sandero may arrive in India by the end of 2010.”
The Europian Automobile giant, Volkswagen, is very keen about the fast growing small car market of India. Its recently launched compact car Polo has seen considerable success in a very short period. Now they are planning to launch another compact hatchback car “Up” in India. This four-seater car is coming up with a unique flat folding seat system which is more comfortable and fits every body shape as they are air inflatable.
According to Rediff.com “The hatchback will be equipped with a unique central display with two monitors. One 8 inch monitor shows the vehicle speed, while the second 7 inch monitor controls radio volume, music selection, climate control, telephone and navigation. Up is likely to be priced around Rs 300,000. The hatchback may be launched in India by the end of this year.”
Nissan, the Japanese Automobile manufacturer may launch its “Nissan March” in India. In the international markets i.e. outside Asia the car was launched as “Nissan Micra” instead of “Nissan March”. This hatchback car will enter the passenger car market in India. March is likely to be manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Oragadam. Renault Nissan joint venture is going to invest $833 million in the manufacturing plant of March with capacity to churn out 4,00,000 cars.
According to Rediff.com “The cars manufactured here will be sold in domestic market as well as exported to overseas markets. March will be competing with with Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai i10 in India. The car is likely to be launched in mid of this year.”