Sedans have always been appreciated for the high comfort level and street presence they offer. Some of them even offer a pretty sporty. drive. Unfortunately, however, there are at least a dozen sedans that went totally unnoticed by car buyers. Most of these are well-sorted products but couldn’t manage to sell in decent numbers for some reason or the other. Today, we take a look at 12 sedans of India that no one remembers
The Mitsubishi Cedia, which was initially known as the Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia, is among the sportiest D-segment sedans to have gone on sale in the country. It competed with sedans, such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. While the other two Japanese sedans found many takers, the Cedia had a rather dismal sales performance. The Cedia offered sporty handling characteristics, a punchy 2.0-litre petrol engine, and an attractive body kit with the ‘Sports’ variant.
The Escort was the first-ever Ford car to go on sale in India. It was launched with a long list of features that included electrically adjustable ORVMs, power steering, air conditioning, a factory-fitted music system, and power windows. The Escort was available with a 1.3-litre petrol and a 1.8-liter diesel engine. Sadly, it couldn’t find many buyers.
Premier Motors Ltd (PAL) and Peugeot joined hands to launch the 309 sedan in the country. The Peugeot 309 was came with both petrol and diesel engines. The 309 offered a great ride quality and its TUD5 diesel engine won a lot of accolades for its longevity and high fuel economy.
While you might still remember the Daewoo Cielo and the Matiz, there are good chances you don’t remember the Nexia anymore. The Nexia was basically a more premium version of the Cielo that came with a 90 bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine. It looked much like the Cielo, which isn’t a bad thing as the Daewoo sedan looked pretty classy back in the day.
The Nissan Teana was a D2-segment sedan that was a competitor to the Skoda Superb and Honda Accord. The Teana came to us via the CBU route. It offered a comfortable cabin and looked pretty stately, too. However, it failed to sell in decent numbers owing to a thirsty petrol engine, high price tag, expensive maintenance and a small service network.
The Opel Vectra was another D2-segment sedan that had a dismal sales performance. It was powered by a 2.2-litre motor that produced 146 bhp of maximum power. It also offered a feature-laden cabin and a great ride quality. Sadly, however, the market wasn’t prepared for this premium sedan and the Vectra could hardly find any takers.
Sipani Automobiles tied up with Austin to sell the Montego sedan in India. Dubbed as the Rover Montego, this sedan also had a station wagon variant. Both the body-forms were feature-laden and quite comfortable, too. However, they could hardly find any takers. Spotting one of these on the roads is probably more difficult than spotting some exotic supercar.
The Maruti 1000 was the first-ever sedan from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. It was powered by a 970-cc petrol motor that offered only 46 hp of maximum power. However, a low kerb weight of 825 KGs made Maruti 1000 sufficiently fun to drive. The 1000 was replaced with the carbed Esteem, which looked almost the same but had more features and a bigger engine.
The Fiat Siena was a Maruti Esteem-rival that failed mostly because of Fiat’s infamous service network and poor brand image. The Siena was replaced with the Petra, which is another Fiat sedan that did poorly on the sales charts. Hardly anyone remembers this fish-faced sedan anymore.
Tata Indigo XL
The Indica platform gave birth to many cars, one of which was the Indigo XL. The XL was basically a long-wheelbase version of the Indigo sedan and offered more rear legroom than even a Honda Accord. A comfortable back-seat and acres of legroom were the USPs of this car, which even made it a bit popular among cab operators. However, it never sold too well and was taken off the shelves within a few years.
The Kizashi is the most expensive Suzuki sedan to have gone on sale in the country. It was powered by a 2.4-litre 175 bhp engine and it handled pretty well, too. The interior was feature-laden and was well-built. However, a poor brand image and the lack of diesel engine option killed the car.
Ford Fiesta facelift
The Ford Fiesta facelift had an Aston Martin-like hexagonal front grille, powerful engines and well-sorted dynamics. However, the car couldn’t find many takers owing to a slightly cramped rear seat and stiff competition from vehicles, such as the Honda City. The Fiesta facelift is the most modern sedan on this list but we are sure most of you would have completely forgotten this car.