The Indian automobile industry has become one of the biggest markets in the world over the years. The market has flourished in decades and during all these years, there have been some unforgettable cars launched in the market. While there are numerous new-age car models available in the Indian market in every segment, there are cars launched in the past that refuse to die. Even after these models have been officially discontinued in the market, they are a pretty common sight on the roads. Here are twenty such cars that are now discontinued but are commonly seen on the roads in India.
Maruti Suzuki SX4
Launched in 2007, the Maruti Suzuki SX4 was the first premium sedan from the brand in the Indian market. The sedan remained in the market for a long time but stiff competition with the likes of Honda City did not let the SX4 become as popular in the market. The SX4 was popular for its spacious cabin space and smooth ride quality.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy became the car of the police and army forces in India. It was the most affordable 4X4 SUV available in the Indian market and the only such vehicle that offered petrol engine. The lightweight Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is also quite popular among off-road enthusiasts and there are many heavily modified and stock condition Gypsy SUVs that can be sighted on the roads easily.
The first affordable, front-wheel-drive vehicle in the Indian market, the Maruti Suzuki 800 has been around for a long time in the Indian market. It remained the best-selling vehicle in the market for a long time and was forcefully replaced by the Alto in the line-up. There are numerous, well-maintained 800 hatchbacks that can be seen around on the roads across India.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR became the arch-rival of the Hyundai Santro in the Indian market. The tall-boy hatchback, Maruti Suzuki WagonR was launched soon after the successful launch of the Hyundai Santro, which was the first tall-boy hatchback in the country. The WagonR was replaced by an all-new version earlier this year but there are numerous examples of the car on the road that can be seen even today.
Maruti Suzuki Omni
Due to the strict safety norms in India, Maruti Suzuki finally discontinued the Omni in the Indian market after 35 years of production. The Omni was sold in the market in the Indian market in various forms and all of them were popular in the market. The Omni was particularly popular for its spacious interiors and value-for-money price tag. These workhorses are still quite common on the roads.
Hyundai Accent sedan was an extremely popular sedan in the Indian market. The car was first launched in 1999 and in 2005, it became extremely popular in the Indian market. Over the years, the Hyundai Accent saw a lot of changes. Its last version of the car, Accent Executive was powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine produced a maximum power of 94 Bhp. The Hyundai Accent sedan is still around and is quite commonly visible on the roads.
The Hyundai Verna has been around for a long time now and the car is still in production. The Hyundai Verna became quite popular in the Indian market due to its raw power. The Verna sedan has always been popular for its long list of features. The older version of the sedan is still quite popular on the Indian roads.
Hyundai Santro made a comeback to the Indian market after a very long time. The Hyundai Santro hatchback paved the way for the South Korean manufacturer and became the car to truly challenge the Maruti Suzuki 800. The Santro was finally discontinued in the market due to the stiff competition but many of the previous-generation models are still a common sight on the roads.
Mahindra Bolero has been one of the longest-running cars from the Indian manufacturer in India. The Bolero was first launched in 2000 and it is still in the market without much of a change. The Mahindra Bolero is a solidly build MUV and in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities, the vehicles that were initially sold in the market are still a common sight on the roads.
Mahindra Scorpio is a popular nameplate in the Indian market and it is extremely popular among the off-roaders. The car has been around for many years and it is currently in its fourth-generation, which was launched in 2017. The Mahindra Scorpio was first launched in 2002 and even the previous-generations of the vehicle are still a common sight on the Indian roads.
Ford launched the all-new Endeavour SUV in the Indian market in 2003. Launched against the likes of Toyota Fortuner in the Indian market, the Endevaour became popular in the market due to its American looks and rugged build quality. There are numerous previous generation Ford Endeavour SUVs that can be spotted on the roads.
Toyota Innova replaced the workhorse Qualis in the Indian market. Initially, the Innova did not receive as much attention as the Qualis but then it picked up the sales and it remains the best-selling vehicle in its segment. The Toyota Innova MPVs are extremely comfortable and they can literally go on for lakhs of kilometres. This is what makes the older-generation Innova still a common sight on the roads.
The first-generation of the Toyota Fortuner was launched soon after the Ford Endeavour in the Indian market. The Fortuner became the best-seller in the Indian market soon after its launch and remained so ever since. The rugged, previous-generation Toyota Fortuners are still common on the roads and on the off-road sections.
The Toyota Etios is the most affordable sedan from the brand and even the first version of the model became extremely popular in the market, especially among the taxi fleet owners. The Toyota Etios is now offered with a different look than before but even the first-generation of the car is still a common sight on the roads.
The Toyota Corolla has been around for a long time in the Indian market and it remained the best-selling sedan in the segment for a long time. The solid build quality of the Corolla and the trustworthy engine of the car keeps it going for years. This is why there are still numerous first-generation Corolla that can be spotted on the roads.
Tata Sumo MPV has been a popular choice in the Tier-II and Tier-III markets for a long time. The Tata Sumo is an extremely popular vehicle and is a common sight in the towns and village roads. The Sumo is capable of running for years and they have a very low downtime due to the ease of repair that they offer.
The Tata Safari is dubbed as India’s first affordable luxury SUV. It was discontinued in 2017 after a run of nearly two decades in the Indian market. The Tata Safari became a rage in the country and even all the politicians chose the Safari as their official vehicles. There are numerous Tata Safari SUVs that can be seen on the roads.
The Nano, which became the most affordable vehicle worldwide but due to the “cheap” tag on the car, not many preferred to buy it. The Tata Nano is a rear-wheel drive, a rear-engined vehicle that is quite fun to drive and is a perfect vehicle to go around in the city. It is still very popular on the roads.
The Honda City is a mid-size sedan that has been around for more than 20 years in the Indian market. The City is an extremely popular car in the Indian market and has remained at the top of the sales chart for a long time. Honda City is often associated with classiness and even the older version of the City are still very common on the roads. The Honda City, especially the dolphin version of the City are still around.
The Honda Accord became the first luxury sedan from the brand in the Indian market. The Honda Accord is still an extremely popular car in the Indian market and is a very common sight on the roads. There are many well-maintained Honda Accord sedans on the Indian roads.