Indian automotive market is one of the biggest markets in the world. There are plenty of car models on sale in the Indian market and some of them are more popular than the others. Here is a list of forgotten cars that are still on sale and why you should buy them more.
The entry-level hatchback from Honda India has been on the sidelines on the sales chart for a long time now. Cutthroat competition is one of the many reasons why Brio is not so popular in the Indian market. The Honda Brio’s sales have been on a constant decline and last month, the Japanese brand sold only 10 units of the hatchback. Honda Brio is an enthusiast’s delight and is an extremely good car when it comes to handling. The Brio also gets a unique styling with glass-black hatch door. Even though the space of the Brio has never been a strong point, what really delights the Honda Brio owners is the way it drives. It is extremely fun to drive the Brio and it feels like a grown-up go-kart.
The Brio is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC naturally-aspired engine that generates a maximum power of 87 Bhp and a peak torque of 110 Nm. It gets a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Why you should buy it? Well, if you looking for a car which is extremely fun to drive, there is no other option than the high-revving, sharp-handling Honda Brio in the segment.
Fiat Punto Abarth
The Fiat Punto Abarth is one of the most underrated cars in India. It remains the most powerful car under Rs. 10 lakhs in India years after its launch. The Abarth Punto has been specifically made for the Indian customers and is a delight to drive. The hatchback is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that gets as many as 16-valves. The turbo-petrol engine produces a maximum of 145 Bhp of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 212 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm.
The Abarth Punto is a giant-killer can put most cars from the higher segment in the rearview mirror. The Fiat Punto Abarth gets better handling with the specifically tuned suspension system. It is also the most affordable Abarth that you can buy in India. Why you should buy it? It gets the legendary Abarth badge and more power than you will ever need on the city roads at a much affordable price.
Renault Duster AWD
The AWD vehicles are not very popular in the Indian market as most of the country remains snow-free most of the year. However, there are people who love adventures and take their vehicles off-the-road. The Renault Duster AWD is a perfect car for such people. The Duster AWD is the most affordable, comfortable 4WD car that you can buy in the market.
It gets a part-time 4WD system that disengages above the speed of 60 km/h to ensure that the vehicle returns the maximum fuel efficiency. The AWD automatically senses the loss of traction and engages the 4WD when needed. Why you should buy it? If you’re a traveller and love to explore far-off, challenging places cocooned in a comfortable place, there is no other choice than the Renault Duster in the Indian market. Yes, the 4WD comes with a hefty price tag but it sure is worth everything that the car can do off-the-tarmac.
Renault launched the Captur in the Indian market to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta but the price tag makes it quite an unpopular choice in the market. The Renault Captur is a gorgeous looking car and gets a very curvy design. It is based on the Renault’s B-Zero platform that also underpins the Renault Duster in the market and gets the same tried and tested petrol and diesel engine options. However, Renault is yet to offer an automatic transmission with the Captur.
Why you should buy it? To look different on the road. The Captur looks extremely premium on the roads and stands out because of its exceptional design. Also, Renault is offering hefty discounts on the Captur and it is priced below the Hyundai Creta in the market.
Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
It is true that the lifestyle pick-up truck segment is not very popular in the Indian market. However, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross changed that. Mahindra also offers the Getaway, based on the pre-facelifted Scorpio in the Indian market and it is a very rugged vehicle. The Scorpio Getaway gets all the bells and whistles including the low-ratio transfer case, on-the-fly shift lever to do hardcore off-roading and the flatbed offers the perfect platform to carry any kind of load.
Why you should buy it? The Mahindra Scorpio Getaway is an off-beat pick-up truck and looks extremely good on the road. It is very practical and carry the house around, if needed.