Snapshot – Winter is here and so are car discounts as 2014 will soon make way for 2015. Car makers are on a discounting spree to clear out stocks as buyers – eyeing better resale value – prefer to opt for 2015 model year cars rather than cars built in the fag end of 2014. However, the resale value ploy is applicable for only those who plan to sell their cars within 3 years of purchase. If you plan to keep you car for 5 years or more, taking advantage of the chunky year-end discounts is the sensible thing to do. CarToq rounds up 10 hatchbacks that are going at big year end discounts in India.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Maruti Suzuki is offering a discount of 55,000 rupees on its best selling car, the Alto 800. The budget offering and Maruti Suzuki’s lowest priced car is available in CNG and petrol options. The car uses a 796 cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine that outputs 47 Bhp of peak power and 69 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels of the car. The Alto 800 is a no-nonsense budget hatchback that comes with Maruti Suzuki’s legendary reliability and after sales service. The Alto 800 range starts at 2.38 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. Maruti Suzuki recently launched the Alto K10 AMT, a slightly higher priced sibling of the Alto 800.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Maruti Suzuki’s best selling tall boy, the WagonR, has a slow selling sibling in the form of the StingRay model. To push sales of the StingRay edition, Maruti Suzuki is doling out a chunky discount of up to 60,000 rupees on the VXi variant of the car. Like the WagonR, the Sting Ray uses a 1 liter-3 cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol K-Series engine that makes 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. This engine uses a 5 speed manual gearbox for torque transmission.
A capable tall boy hatchback that is offered with the same mechanicals as the much more successful Swift B+ segment hatchback, the Ritz has been a perennial laggard of sorts for Maruti Suzuki. To pep up sales, India’s largest automaker is offering a big, fat 60,000 rupee discount on the top end variant of the Ritz, which comes equipped with safety features such as twin airbags and ABS+EBD. The Ritz is available with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Both engines get 5 manual transmissions as standard with the petrol engine gaining a 4 speed automatic gearbox as an option.
At one point of time, the Ford Figo hatchback was the American automaker’s bread and butter car in the Indian market. With the advent of the EcoSport crossover and newer B+ segment hatchbacks, the Figo has fallen on hard times, what with the car a pale shadow of what it originally was in its heydays of 2011 and 2012.
With the next generation, 2015 Figo waiting in the wings, buyers seems intent on waiting for the new model. To get enough Figo hatchbacks off showrooms floors, Ford India is offering a not-so-inconsiderable discount of 68,000 rupees on the Figo hatchback. The car is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines, which both use 5 speed manual transmissions.
Renault Pulse Diesel
Renault is running a unique offering on the Pulse hatchback. The French automaker is offering the diesel powered RxL variant of the Pulse at the price of its equivalent petrol variant. In other terms, the diesel powered Pulse gets a massive discount of 1 lakh rupees, which makes it stonking value, especially considering the fact that the Pulse Diesel can be specified with ABS+EBD. Armed with a superbly tractable 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine, the Pulse hatchback is the consummate city slicker on the back of minimal turbo lag and excellent fuel economy. The Pulse is also available with a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine.
Toyota Etios Cross
Crossover styled hatchbacks had seldom done well in India, with perhaps the exception being the Fiat Avventura, whose bookings seem promising. The Toyota Etios Cross, a crossover styled hatchback based on the Liva, is finding the going uphill. Well, uphill enough for Toyota to be dangling an attractive 47,000 rupees discount on the car.
The Etios Cross, like the Liva hatchback, is available with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The Etios Cross is a dolled up Liva, with body cladding and bumper inserts intended to give it a butch look.
Hyundai’s budget offering, the Eon hatchback, is now available at a discount of 47,000 rupees. The car is available with two engine options, both three cylinder units. One engine displaces 814 cc while the other displaces 1 liter. Both engines are petrol powered, with the smaller engine adding an LPG option to the Eon’s variant mix. One of the hot selling Hyundai cars, the Eon’s discounted pricing makes it a good value proposition for budget car buyers.
General Motors is struggling in India and the proof of the pudding lies in the quantum of discount that the automaker’s best selling car is now selling at. The Beat is available at discounts of up to 95,000 rupees. The Beat is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. One of the most frugal diesel cars sold in India, the Beat received a mild facelift earlier this year. The facelift doesn’t seem to have done much to boost the prospects of the car at the hustings, so much so that General Motors has been running the car under the discounting scheme for many months now.
Mercedes Benz A-Class
With an eye firmly on clearing stocks, Mercedes Benz India has lined up a 2 lakh rupee discount on the A-Class and B-Class car models. While the A-Class is the sportier of the duo, aimed at a younger buying audience, the B-Class is for the more practical minded folks. Both cars wear the prestigious three pointed star and come with a modicum of luxury. The A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks, which both are completely built units (CBU), come with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Both cars use Mercedes Benz’s MFA platform and are the least priced cars bearing the three pointed star that money can buy in India.