Snapshot – Here are ten cars that will soon be dead. While many of these cars will be replaced by all-new models, some will be dead for good, with no replacement in sight. If you’re about to buy one of these cars, you should tread carefully, for resale values may plummet.
Tata Indica Vista
Our sources indicate that the Tata Indica Vista has been laid to rest. The car, which rolls out from the Tata-Fiat manufacturing joint enture from Ranjangaon, was already replaced earlier this year with the Bolt. Tata Motors kept the Indica Vista in production mainly for the cab market. Now, the car’s has been devolved of this duty as well. It remains to be seen how the Vista’s absence is taken care of as far as cabbies are concerned. The upcoming Tata Kite might fill up this space given that Bolt isn’t likely to be inducted in the taxi segment anytime toon.
The large and luxurious Tata Manza C-Segment sedan never took off, and now Tata Motors is pulling much better volumes from the smaller compact sedan – the Zest. With that, production of the Manza has now been stopped at Ranjangaon, where the car used to share its production facility with the Indica Vista. With the Manza now gone, Tata Motors has no plans to re-enter this space in the next couple of hours. As far as sedans go, the Zest will be the top offering from the automaker for some time to come.
Nissan has pulled the plug of the Evalia, well nearly. The MPV’s production has ground to a halt at Renault-Nissan’s Oragadam joint manufacturing facility. The reason for this is poor sales. Nissan is saying that the Evalia isn’t dead yet, and that the MPV’s production would be restarted if the automaker finds a way to boost volumes. The chances of this happening are slim. The Evalia’s discontinuation is a classic Carlos Ghosn move – of simply pulling out cars that don’t sell.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
The Ritz is said to be on the chopping block too, even as the car does decent numbers for Maruti Suzuki. With the arrival of the YRA premium hatchback, Maruti Suzuki could need more space to move the Swift around. This is said to be the reason why the Ritz could face the axe. With the Ritz out of the way, Maruti Suzuki will have a better opportunity to push the Swift slightly lower when it comes to pricing so that the YRA is given a free run at the hustings.
Previously known as the Sumo Grande, the Tata Movus’ name change hasn’t worked, and so has been the case with the mid life makeover this MPV received a couple of years ago. A rare sight on Indian roads and one that has never really matched up to the likes of the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo in terms of sales, the Movus will soon be put out of its misery. While the age-old Tata Sumo will continue to battle the Mahindra Bolero, Tata Motors doesn’t have any plans to replace the Movus with a new model in the near term.
The production of India’s best selling MPV is months away from being halted for personal MPV buyers. The cabbie crowd could still get the MPV for a year more though. The current Innova has a distinct replacement in place, in the form of the all-new Innova, which is expected to arrive early next year. The new Innova will move upward in terms of price and positioning. There’s a chance that Toyota would want to fill up the void created by the current Innova’s discontinuation with the smaller, Avanza MPV. That said, things remain fluid though.
Another best seller heading into the sunset is the current-generation Toyota Fortuner. Like the Innova, the Fortuner has a distinct replacement waiting in th wings though. The all-new Fortuner will make its South East Asian debut in the coming weeks. India will get the butch, new SUV early next year. Like the new Innova, the new Fortuner is expected to grow in size, and use a new generation IMV platform. The SUV could also gain performance and features, while styling will most certainly get a complete once over.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport’s successor is being readied up, and the new luxury SUV will make its international debut in South East Asia later this year. The new version of the Pajero is expected to get a new turbo diesel engine, apart from revised styling and equipment levels. The new Pajero Sport is expected to land here sometime later next year. As the Pajero Sport is the bread and butter model of Hindustan Motors-Mitsubishi, the combine would do well to bring in the new version as a slew of luxury SUVs are lined up for launch here in the next 6-8 months.
The Chevrolet Cruze is on its way out now that its replacement has been officially unveiled. The new Cruze gets a massive makeover, a big weight reduction, and added features. The 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine on the car is a new item while details about the diesel engine remain unknown for now. General Motors is expected to showcase the Cruze at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo, following it up with an official launch. The new car is larger and lower, and is expected to be pricier.
The new Skoda Superb will make its India debut in 2016, following its MQB stablemate – the Volkswagen Passat. The 2016 Superb is an all new-item, one that hops on to the MQB platform. Turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will continue to be offered on the new Superb, which to many seems a little underwhelming in terms of design. The new Superb offers more room than before and is feature filled too. The new car is also expected to be priced below the Volkswagen Passat, maintaining the traditional price separation between the two brands.