There are a bunch of cars whose futures in India are quite uncertain. While they may be available today, it may not be the case tomorrow. This makes resale value dip and availability of parts a concern, especially in case of major repairs. This makes such cars a big risk for buyers. Here are 10 such cars meant only for those who have high ‘risk appetites’.
Last month, Chevrolet dropped a bombshell in the Indian market. They confirmed that they will be exiting the market by the end of the year. This means that all their popular products are now a risky buy.
The Cruze is the company’s flagship sedan in the Indian market. While an update was planned for early 2018, the same will not be happening anymore, courtesy General Motors’ exit from Indian sales. The Cruze is powered by a 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that produces 164 Bhp and 360 Nm. There are massive discounts that are on offer on the vehicle. People are getting close to Rs 4 lakhs off on the Cruze. What makes it a risk is the sheer uncertainty surrounding the availability of parts and service stations, once the company shuts down at the end of this year.
The Tavera is the highest selling Chevrolet vehicle and this has been keeping the company alive, till now. Now that the company has shut shop, buying a Tavera could be a headache. Parts and service will be tough, even though this is a pretty basic product. The Tavera has been on sale for a really long period of time and was introduced to take on the Qualis initially. Power comes from a 2.5 liter diesel engine making 78 Bhp and 176 Nm.
Chevrolet had planned to launch the all-new Beat this month. The company even produced 100 units of the new vehicle, however they had to drop the plan suddenly. Even the Beat that was on sale in India is being offered at a discount of close to Rs 1 lakh. People who don’t mind taking the risk of service could get really good deals on the vehicle. The Beat is powered by a 1.2 liter petrol engine making 79 Bhp and 108 Nm while the diesel Beat is powered by a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine making 57 Bhp and 150 Nm.
Fiat is another brand that is facing a tough time when it comes to volumes. While they have products that are really good, they are unable to find enough customers. There also have been reports that the company will stop selling the Fiat products in the country, to make way for the Jeep branded products.
The Linea is the company’s flagship product currently. It comes in a wide range of engine options. You can also have it with the 1.4 turbo petrol engine that makes 123 Bhp and 208 Nm. After a recent price cut, the Linea makes a lot of sense, in terms of value for money.
The reason why this could be a risk is if the company does withdraw the Fiat brand from the market. The company has been only managing to sell double digit units of the Linea, in a segment where the City and Ciaz are doing a few thousand.
The same goes for the Punto. While the product is rock solid, there are issues people are facing with service due to lesser number of dealers. The company only dispatched 280 unit of the Punto and Avventura combined, which is real low given the craze for hatchbacks in India.