Here are 5 more iconic cars that should come back to India, albeit in a much more modern form.
Mitsubishi Lancer scripted a great success story for the Japanese manufacturer in every market it went to. In India, the car faded away due to poor dealership network and poor service. The Lancer is known for holding top positions in the toughest rallies in the world. The Lancer came with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that churned out a maximum of 87 BHP.
The overwhelming response to the Honda City at that time overshadowed the Lancer. Mitsubishi should bring back the car in India and should position against the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in India. The car could create some ripples if launched again.
Ford Fiesta S
Ford Fiesta was known for some deft manoeuvring in its time. Then there was the S version of the car which came with harder and shorter suspension springs, wider tyres and bigger wheels. The car was priced at just above Rs. 8 lakh on the road and the handling of this sedan was comparable to the premium German cars. The 1.6-litre engine churned a maximum of 100 BHP, and with the sturdy chassis, the car was a hoot to drive. It was a good, cheap hot sedan to drive around. It should come back.
The Premier Padmini had a long run in India from 1973 to 1998. The car gave a fierce competition to the Hindustan Ambassador. The iconic car was owned by many legendary actors in India. The car came with 1.1-litre engine that generated 35 BHP.
The Padmini’s unique shape and sharp handling were its selling points. The car is kept by many collectors in pristine shape until date. If it comes back, it will be one iconic car returning to the market and will attract a lot of buyers.
The Sierra came to India way ahead of its time. The good looking SUV came in the early 1990s but did not survive for long. The Sierra came with two doors, and huge rear fixed windows and a capable engine with the 4X4 system. The car looked impractical in the market that did not see many car buyers.
The Sierra came with a 68 BHP, 2-litre engine that was turbocharged to 90 BHP towards the end of its life. If the car comes with 2.2-litre Dicor engine, it will create some problems for SUVs like Mahindra Scorpio.
It was India’s only affordable two-seat convertible car. The car was launched in 1998 and was designed by a French firm. The fibreglass body of the car made it lightweight while the 60 BHP engine from Renault made it fun to drive a car. The San Storm did not find many buyers in its time, but if the vehicle relaunches in the present market at an appropriate price, it shall become a stellar choice for youngsters and millennials.