To begin with, most of the launches were in the SUV/MPV category. In other segments – sedans, compact sedans, premium sedans and hatchbacks – there were a lot of facelifts, upgrades and refreshes.
Maruti Alto 800 was the big launch in the entry level small car segment; Elantra was the new launch in sedans. And then there were 6 high-profile launches in the SUV-MPV segment – which is also the fastest growing segment of the market today. This is a compilation of all the launches that took place during the year, with a special focus on those that went on to become a big hit in the market.
SUV launches over the past 12 months (click for more)
The most active segment saw the emergence of a successful, new SUV brand
7 sedan launches in 2012 (click for more)
Many were upgrades and facelift, and there was the re-entry of the Hyundai Elantra
8 hatchback launches in the past 12 months (click for more)
The list includes 1 automatic, 2 launches and 3 facelifts
Hits and misses in the last 3 months (click for more)
Find out the duds among 15 cars launched in the last 3 months
The big MPV hit: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (click for more)
Read why this car is a strong alternative to the Innova
The big SUV hit: Renault Duster (click for more)
The Duster is hitting sedans as well. Read this comparison to see why
New category comparison: Quanto versus Ertiga (click for more)
Here’s a comparison between cars that successfully introduced a compact MPV segment.