While there are many cars and brands which have completely vanished from the Indian market, here are ten cars that are quickly disappearing from roads in India.
Ford Fiesta Classic
Fiesta was first launched in 2005 in the Indian market. Ford then rebadged the sedan as Fiesta Classic in 2011 to accommodate the new Fiesta in the market. The Fiesta is known as driver’s car and offered sharp handling. Ford also had a 1.6-litre Fiesta S version that was an enthusiast’s delight. The car has almost vanished from the Indian market after it was discontinued in 2015.
Honda City Type Z
Honda City Type Z was the first generation of the model in India. It was launched in 2000 and was discontinued in 2003. The straight line design of the City made the car quite popular. There are many collectors of this vehicle but it is now rarely seen on the roads.
The Fiat Uno was one of the first models that Fiat launched in India independently. The hatchback was quite popular among the enthusiasts and was powered by 1.2-litre petrol and 1.7-litre diesel engine options. The diesel engine was the largest in the class. The Uno was known for its heavy built but all the examples of the vehicles have now become extremely rare.
The Suzuki Kizashi was the flagship model of the brand in India. The premium sedan competed with the likes of Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze in India. The Kizashi was imported as Completely Built Units (CBU) that made it quite expensive. It was powered by a 2.4-litre engine that churned a maximum of 175 Bhp – 230 Nm. The Kizashi can still be seen but only on rare occasions.
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti launched the flagship SUV in 2009 in the form of Grand Vitara. The Grand Vitara though did not click, despite coming to India twice. This was a CBU SUV from Maruti that was only offered with a 2.4-litre petrol engine. There were only very few buyers of the vehicle in India due to the high price tag and petrol fuel. Eventually, it was discontinued and very few examples of the vehicle are present on the roads nowadays.
Maruti SS80 DX
The car was first launched in 1984 and became the highest selling car in India. The SS80 DX carried a boxy design and was replaced with Maruti 800 in 1986 which came with a new body style. The compact vehicle became extremely popular in the market but nowadays the car can only be seen in collector’s garages and a very few of them are on the roads.
The Palio became quite famous in the Indian market, especially the 1.6-litre engine powered version. The Palio 1.6 can be termed as the first hot hatchback Indian market has ever seen. The car handles very well and the engine was very refined and was built to last for decades. We can still see many Fiat Palio making runs on the road but the sight is extremely rare.
Hyundai launched the mid-size hatchback Getz in India in 2004. The Getz was known for its space and its stonker of a diesel engine. The 1.5-litre diesel engine of the Getz produced a maximum of 110 Bhp – 235 Nm. The hatchback can still be found in the garages of many enthusiasts but is fast disappearing from the roads.
The Lancer will always remain as a legendary car in the hearts of car lovers. Even though the Lancer did not survive a long life in India, the cars that were sold in India are still found in many garages. The powerful Lancer or its versions in form of Cedia or Invex can still be seen often on the roads. Mostly, the Lancer was bought by car enthusiasts in their time and now the cars are passed on to next generation. It looks great, it has great capabilities and it offers amazing modification possibilities.
The ‘josh’ machine, as it was marketed, was an out and out driver’s car. The petrol 1.6-liter ROCAM engined model was the pick of the lot. Ford also offered a smaller 1.3-litre petrol, and 1.4 and 1.8-liter turbo diesel engines. The 1.6-litre Ikon had about 91 Bhp on the tap but the real fun lay in how it handled and used all that power. A typical Ford, the Ikon was big fun behind the wheel, whetting Indian driver appetites for more fun cars from the American automaker. The car is quickly disappearing from the roads.