The ongoing demand for cars honking the horns in India. In the outgoing year, the Indian market has emerged as a strong passenger vehicle platform for global makers to expand their footholds. Alongside, car makers are also introducing new models and a few relaunched their successful discontinued models to strengthen their footholds in the market. Here, we made a list of hatchbacks and sedans that were popular in 2018.
Termed as one of India's favourite family cars, Hyundai relaunched Santro into the Indian market with a new design and advanced features. It is powered by a 4-Cylinder 1.1-litre petrol engine. The petrol engine delivers 69PS power, 99Nm torque and the CNG combi engine delivers 59PS power. The petrol is mated to 5-speed manual and auto transmission whereas the CNG is available in only 5-speed manual transmission option. According to the recent sale figures the new generation Santro has failed to meet the expectations of the customers.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Recently, the fifth generation Swift has bagged one of the prestigious awards - Indian Car Of The Year 2019. According to the SIAM (Society Of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), sale figures also revealed that Swift is one of the best selling models in the Maruti Suzuki line-up. Launched in the year beginning, the popular hatchback offered in both 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine and the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine variants. The car gets 7-inch SmartPlay touch screen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an integrated navigation system, dual airbags, ABS, seat-belt pre-tensioners and ISOFIX child-seat mounts as standard features.
Toyota Yaris is mid-size premium sedan launched in April and it became very popular in the segment with its advanced features. It is powered by a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine that delivers 107PS power and 140Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual and 7-speed CVT auto transmission as well. The car comes with 12 first in segment features like Power Driver Seat, 7 SRS Airbags, Roof Mounted Air Vents, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Front Parking Sensors and All Wheel Disc Brakes. Toyota Yaris received 5-star safety ratings from the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP).
The second generation Honda Amaze is available in both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine delivers 90PS power and 110 Nm of torque whereas the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine delivers 100PS power and 200Nm of torque. The mid-size sedan features Honda's Digipad 2.0 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Honda offers dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard safety features in all variants. Along with these ace body structure, ECU immobilizer system, ISOFIX, rear parking camera with sensors, day/night IRVM and driver side one-touch pinch guard window.
All the above cars are very popular in the Indian market in their respective segments. Compared to one another Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have a wide range of customers network in India whereas the Honda and Toyota are known for their advaced features.