Snapshot – India is fast emerging as a manufacturing powerhouse, and the government’s Make-in-India campaign is adding further impetus to the country’s low cost, high quality manufacturing expertise. Cars are a major export item from the country and exports have been steadily rising over the years. Today, we bring you 10 Made-in-India cars that are global superhits.
The India-made Ford Figo hatchback is exported to South Africa, which is one of the 30+ countries that this car os shipped to. In South Africa, the Figo is a regular feature in the top 10 list. The car is known for its brilliant dynamics and a torquey 1.4 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine. A brand new Figo has just been launched.
The Ecosport is another Ford that is exported from India in a big way. Apart from heading to Western Europe, the Made-in-India Ecosport is also sold in South Africa. Like the Figo, this compact crossover is a hot seller in that country, regularly featuring in the top-10 selling cars’ list.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Indonesia is a country that loves its people movers. To make best of this demand, Maruti Suzuki exports the Ertiga to that part of the world. The Ertiga sold in Indonesia is petrol-only though. In India, a diesel engine is also offered in this MPV.
Increasing exports from India is a major thrust area for General Motors and the Chevrolet Beat is the car that leads this push. The Beat that is exported from India features in the top-5 sellers list in Chile. General Motors has plans of further expanding Beat exports.
The Hyundai i10 was one of the first global models that the automaker put together in India and exported in a big way. Technically, the car has been replaced by its successor but demand continues to be strong. The i10 leads Hyundai exports numbers.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 is the successor to the i10, and has tasted big success in the Indian car market. More spacious, feature filled and with top quality interiors, the car also brings big export numbers for Hyundai. In India, the Grand i10 is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options.
Hyundai has stopped selling the Accent sedan in India now that its replacement, the Xcent, is already in the market here. However, exports of the Accent continue to bring in the volumes for the South Korean automaker as the demand for this fuss free sedan is high in emerging markets.
Right from the outset, Nissan has been betting big on exports from India. The Micra hatchback has been leading Nissan’s charge. The car is one of the largest exported cars from India, and finds homes in diverse markets, from the Middle East to Western Europe.
The Toyota Etios is going good guns in India’s cab market, but the personal car buyer feels that the sedan is too dated for this day and age. In emerging markets though, the Etios is doing strong numbers, with the Made-in-India car occupying the 6th best sellers place in South Africa.
Another automaker that’s faring poorly in India but doing well on the export front is Volkswagen, whose Vento sedan is a big draw in Mexico. Volkswagen exports a large number of Vento sedans to that country, where the car is the fourth largest seller.