The Indian market will soon get a new standard for minimum safety. While the AIS 145 safety standard will be implemented in the Indian market on 1st July 2019, the stricter crash test norms – BSNVSAP will get implemented later this year while the BS6 emission compliance norms will set in next year. The new safety norms, new emission norms and falling sales are three factors that will lead to a bunch of cars getting discontinued. Which cars and SUVs will bear the brunt and will get discontinued from the market in the coming times? Well, here are ten such cars and SUVs that will soon say goodbye to the Indian market.
Toyota Etios Liva
The entry-level car from the Japanese brand is not very popular in the market. It takes on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift in the market but the sales figure of the Etios Liva remains quite dismal. Toyota will pull the plug from the Etios Liva soon and the Glanza will become the brand’s newest entry-level car in India.
Even the Etios sedan, which became quite popular among the taxi fleet owners will not be updated to meet the new safety norms and will not get the BS6 compliant engine. The Etios will be discontinued from the market soon. The sales of the Etios remains quite low in the market. It takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Hyundai Xcent in the Indian market.
The legendary Mahindra Thar will get a replacement model, which is also expected to be called as the Thar. However, the current version of the Mahindra Thar will be discontinued later this year. Mahindra has launched the limited edition Thar 700 that gets the mandatory safety equipment that is required to sell the vehicle legally in the Indian market after 1st July, however, it will remain limited to 700 units only. The all-new Thar will be launched next year with an all-new engine and will get a new platform too.
The dispatching data of the manufacturers show that Tata has dispatched Tata Bolt hatchbacks. The Tata Bolt remained on sale for a long time in the market but could not create a major impact on the sales chart. The Bolt is known for its spacious interiors and the turbocharged petrol engines. it was one of the first mass segment petrol cars to get the turbocharged petrol engine.
Toyota entered the mid-size sedan segment with the Yaris but the car did not do as well as Toyota would have liked. The all-new Yaris only offered petrol engine option and also offers an automatic transmission with all the variants. Even the base variant of the Toyota Yaris offers 7 airbag system. However, due to the low popularity of the sedan in the market, Toyota has decided to discontinue the Yaris and replace it with the Ciaz. Toyota will sell the rebagded version of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in their line-up.
Fiat Punto is known for its solid build quality and handling. However, the car is not very popular in India for various reasons. With the upcoming norms, Fiat has decided not to upgrade the vehicle. Due to the low sales of the Punto in the Indian market, it will soon go off the sales chart. In fact, the Fiat brand may no longer sell new cars in the Indian market. There are quite a few variants based on the Punto including Avventura and Abarth Punto.
The Fiat Linea is one of the most powerful sedans in the Indian market. The solid build quality of the car and the driving dynamics makes the Linea quite popular among enthusiasts. The T-Jet Linea, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine produces a maximum power of 123 Bhp and peak torque of 208 Nm.
Mahindra is well-known for its SUVs in the Indian market. However, it launched the Verito sedan in the Indian market to test the waters and it failed quite terribly in the Indian market. The Verito sedan was also launched in a hatchback form, which was known as the Verito Vibe. However, even the hatchback version could not get enough numbers to the sales chart. The Verito will not be updated to the new BS6 engines and neither it will get the new minimum safety equipment.
Nissan launched the all-new Kicks in the Indian market, which is drawing attention to the line-up. The Terrano, which is a rebadged version of the Renault Duster will soon get discontinued from the Indian market due to the non-compliance to the safety norms and also the upcoming emission norms. The Terrano is offered as a premium version of the Duster in the market.
Toyota has shelved its plan to bring in the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis to the Indian market. The current version of the car will also not get updated to meet the new safety and emission compliance. This is due to the low popularity of the D-Segment sedans in the Indian market. The Honda Civic, which was launched earlier in the Indian market is currently the best-selling car in the segment.