Here we have a list of cars that were not liked by Indians after they were launched. Read to know more about them.
When you look at the sales of some models in the Indian automobile market, you will find some models did not get far beyond their launch. There have been some vehicles that received poor reviews due to a lack in their performance on-road and there have been others which disappeared from the showroom simply because they failed to gather the needed popularity.
List of 6 cars ‘Not Liked’ by Indians after their launch
A model that became shunned within the first couple of years of its launch was the Tata Nano. The car was extremely economical, and compact than any other model which made driving it easier in traffic and parking it even more so. But Tata’s marketing plan backfired when they advertised it as the cheapest car in the world. Well, being the cheapest car does not promise quality all the time, does it? Poor quality materials used resulted in some pretty severe mechanical failures in the car that included the car catching fire due to faulty wiring. Maybe if Tata had focussed on making the build quality better instead of keeping it cheap, maybe the model would have stayed on longer.
Next on our list is the Renault Lodgy, an MPV that did not impress Indian buyers with its design. Nor did it fare better against its rivals in the same segment. It failed embarrassingly in the GNCAP crash test with 0 stars. The Indian made structure of the MPV was unstable as well. Another reason for its failure was the fact that, when Lodgy was trying to succeed in the market, Renault did not have service across all the towns of our country. Hence, even with quality service, the access to it was restricted and did not make buyers favour the model more.
The hatchback A-star from Maruti was one of the rare models of the brand that did not perform well. It had a BS4 compliant 1-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and gave 17 kmpl mileage. A-star failed because of the cramped interiors, really uncomfortable rear seats, poorly designed cabin and bad fuel economy. It was also priced around Rs 3 – 4 Lakh (ex-showroom price) which was considered more than what it was worth for a small hatch like A-star during that period.
Another reason was its excellently performing and crowd favourite Santro, Alto, Wagon R and Hyundai i10 that crushed A-star before it even had a chance.
Kizashi was Suzuki’s entry into the luxury car segment in India which goes without saying that it failed spectacularly. This luxury sedan failed because of its very high price. It went well beyond Rs 17 Lakh as the car was imported to India as a Completely Built Unit. Kizashi had strong competition from the Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze both of which offered all the same features and convenience at a much more affordable price.
Maruti’s SX4 faced a lot of mechanical failures after its initial launch in 2007. Transmission issues, leaking rear axle seals, sticking accelerator pedal, and airbag sensor light issues were only some of them. Powered by a 1.6-litre VVT DOHC petrol engine, the SX4 did have a decent ride quality. But with the launch of more and more diesel models in the same segment, SX4 lost its spot and spiralled out of the competition. In 2011, Maruti tried to redesign and give the SX4 another run; however, it was already too late for the model by then. The sedan had to be discontinued in 2014.
Xcent was launched in 2014 with the largest boot space offered in the segment at that time. Loaded with a decent feature list, Xcent could have given a good fight only if its ride quality had been better. Also, it did not offer the same comfort during a drive as the Amaze. Xcent had similar engine choices to the Grand i10 – a 1.1-litre diesel engine and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Bending under the competition, the Xcent ended up mostly as the choice for fleet operations instead.