If you were out shopping for some big car bargains in December, one of the biggest discount offers going are on Tata cars. The biggest ones – Tata Aria offers discount benefits of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh and the Tata Manza is offering discounts of up to Rs. 70,000.
There are more discounts available on the entire range of Tata cars for the month of December, valid till the end of the month. Here are the details. Also read: Most car prices to increase by up to 3% in January
Up to Rs. 20,000 off
The diminutive Tata Nano is offering up to Rs. 20,000 off on the on-road price of the Nano. If you buy a Tata Nano in December you get a cash discount of Rs. 10,000 straight on the car. You also get an exchange bonus on your old car of Rs. 10,000 – which is an additional amount over the valued price of your old car when you sell it to the dealer. You also get Rs. 5000 as exchange bonus in case you are upgrading from a two-wheeler and exchange that.
This offer will put the top-end Tata Nano LX at just under Rs 2 lakh on-road, making it the cheapest car you can buy.
The Tata Nano is a good first car for a person who wants to use it as a city runabout. It comes with a 624 cc two-cylinder petrol engine, mounted at the rear with a four-speed transmission. It is surprisingly spacious for four and compact enough to run around the city, with a claimed mileage of 25 kmpl. Real world figures are about 19-20 kmpl in the city.
Up to Rs. 35,000 off
Tata is offering total benefits of Rs. 35,000 on the regular Tata Indica eV2 hatchback. This includes a straight cash discount of Rs. 10,000 on the car and an exchange bonus of Rs. 25,000 if you bring in your old petrol car in running condition to exchange for a new Indica. The exchange bonus is only Rs. 15,000 if you bring in a diesel car (probably because the dealer may incur more expenses in refurbishing a second-hand diesel compared to a petrol).
The discount offer on the Indica petrol for instance will put the top end Indica GLX at just under Rs. 3.6 lakh on-road making it a good alternative to someone looking at a top-end Hyundai Eon or a mid-variant Maruti Wagon-R. The Indica diesel LX top-end too, will be available for just over Rs. 5.2 lakh with this offer, making it one of the most competitive diesels around – just slightly more than the Chevrolet Beat diesel.
The Tata Indica is a spacious five seater and comes in both petrol and diesel engine variants, with the petrol 1.2 litre putting out 65 bhp of power and the diesel 1.4 litre Indica putting out 70 bhp of power. The car is quite popular among commercial vehicle operators because of its low running cost and easy maintenance, although the latter is not strictly the norm.
Up to Rs. 60,000 off
The deals on the Tata Vista are even better. Tata is offering up to Rs. 60,000 off on the Vista. This includes a Rs. 20,000 cash discount and an exchange bonus of Rs. 40,000 on a petrol car if you buy a Vista in exchange. If you bring in a diesel car the exchange bonus is only Rs. 20,000.
If you avail of the full benefit of this deal, you will get a top-end Indica Vista ZX diesel for Rs. 6.6 lakh on road, making it an extremely good deal in comparison to a Maruti Swift or Hyundai i20. The Vista ZX with this offer is about at par with the Ford Figo Titanium diesel on road as well.
The Vista ZX comes loaded with features including two airbags, ABS, alloys, power mirrors and windows, Bluetooth, rear wash-wipe etc. It is a good alternative to the Maruti Swift or the Fiat Punto, if you are strapped for cash, but want all the goodies. Also see: Tata Vista Quadrajet video review
Up to Rs. 45,000 off
The discount offer on the regular Tata Indigo eCS compact sedan comes to Rs. 45,000 off. This includes a cash discount of Rs. 20,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs. 25,000 on a petrol car or a Rs. 15,000 exchange bonus on a diesel car.
The offer on the Tata Indigo is not that great and if you did bargain hard, you would anyway manage to get this discount. That said, the Indigo is one of the lowest priced compact sedans in India and is preferred by commercial vehicle operators to use as a cab. It offers low running costs and can seat five adults. Also read: Tata Indigo eCS road test
Up to Rs. 70,000 off
The offer on the Tata Manza is indeed very attractive, considering this is a fully-loaded spacious car that is a very competitive segment, competing with the Maruti Dzire and the Toyota Etios. The Manza gets total benefits of Rs. 70,000 this month. This includes a straight cash discount of Rs. 30,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs. 40,000 (similar to Vista) on a petrol car and Rs. 20,000 on a diesel car.
This makes the top-end Tata Manza quite a value for money proposition, and cheaper than the Nissan Sunny diesel. The Manza EX now has features such as automatic climate control, power mirrors and Bluetooth. Also read: Tata Manza ClubClass launched
Tata Safari Dicor 2.2
Up to Rs. 60,000 off
Tata is offering up to Rs. 60,000 off on the older Safari Dicor, but no offers on the new Storme. The older Dicor range prices start from Rs. 8.28 lakh going up to Rs. 13.25 lakh. Tata is offering a straight cash discount of Rs. 30,000 on the vehicle as well as a fixed exchange bonus of Rs. 30,000 on any old sedan, premium hatchback or SUV in exchange.
The Tata Safari Dicor hasn’t been selling to well and Tata has been repeatedly bringing out offers on the vehicle to push sales. Yet, with the Storme and the Dicor together, Tata manages to only clock about 1000 units a month. The offer on the Safari Dicor is not really tempting too, because there were better benefits of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh last year on the Dicor when Tata was trying to clear inventory. Also read: Tata Safari Storme vs Tata Safari Dicor
Up to Rs. 1.5 lakh off
The total benefits on the Tata Aria are Rs. 1.5 lakh across all variants, which makes it quite a good deal if you are looking at an entry level Tata Aria in lieu of say a Toyota Innova. The deal on the Aria is a straight Rs. 1 lakh cash discount and an exchange bonus of Rs. 50,000 on any old SUV, sedan or premium hatchback. Also see: Tata Aria 4×4 video review
Tata recently launched the Tata Aria pure LX at Rs. 9.95 lakh, stripping it of features such as airbags and ABS. However, the variants to look at in the Aria are the mid-variant Pleasure and Prestige ones which have a fairly decent amount of features. With this offer, the Tata Aria Pleasure 4×2 which costs about Rs. 13.2 lakh ex-showroom, would come to an on-road cost of just under the Mahindra XUV500 W8 variant and about Rs. 60,000 more than the Mahindra XUV500 W6 variant with which it is comparable. The XUV500 W6 still beats the Aria on price, but for those looking at space and comfort the Aria now makes a more compelling case for itself.