Every product has a lifecycle. In the automotive world, the life cycle depends largely on the response from the market and the popularity of the vehicle. Manufacturers either update the vehicles with newer products at the end of the life cycle or simply cull it. Here are 10 such cars that will soon vanish from the Indian market.
The diesel rocket, Chevrolet Cruze is known for its 2.0-litre diesel engine. Outputs of 164 Bhp and 360 Nm from this engine meant that the Cruze was a rocket in the straight line. Sadly, with Chevrolet deciding to move on from the Indian market, the car will be dead soon.
The Cruze was launched in 2009 but the vehicle did not receive any major update since then. The Cruze competed against the highly successful Toyota Corolla Altis in the Indian market.
Mahindra Scorpio Automatic
The Mahinda Scorpio automatic has been around for quite a while now. The company is readying up a new model with an updated gearbox, which means that it’s the end of the road for the current model. The updated Scorpio will be launched soon and it will get a 6-speed torque converter transmission.
The updated model is likely to get the Aisin-sourced transmission that is also available with the XUV 500. While there is no official word about the replacement, the current Scorpio automatic will no longer be available in Mahindra showrooms until the new model arrives.
Skoda Yeti was first launched in 2010 and then a facelift of the vehicle was launched in 2014. The capable crossover never gained popularity in India due to the extreme price tag it carried and also, the unreliable service provided by Skoda’s authorised service centers.
The Yeti offered only 5-seats but featured an expensive price tag of Rs. 21.51 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for a 4X2 version. Indian market always favoured bigger vehicles over capable vehicles, and this did the Yeti in. Meanwhile, the Yeti will be replaced with the next-generation model, the Karoq, that is expected to come to India next year.
Chevrolet Beat became the victim of GM’s decision to exit the Indian market. The hatchback from Chevrolet did around 1,000 units per month and was about to get a facelift with new features. The Beat looks quite masculine for its size.
The Beat took on the likes of Grand i10 in the market but the car failed to attract customers. The Beat will not be available in the Indian market from December this year. The Beat was launched in 2010 and did not receive any major updates during its lifespan.
SsangYong Rexton RX7
Mahindra took over the South Korean brand SsangYong quite some time back. The Rexton was company’s first SsangYong model that was launched in 2012. The premium SUV failed in India as no one really warmed up to the largely unheard-of Ssangyong brand.
Due to the poor response, Mahindra has decided to completely discontinue the SsangYong brand in India this year. Mahindra will now re-engineer the SsangYong vehicles to launch products with the Mahindra badge. The Rexton RX7 is likely to be launched as the XUV 700 in India.