DriveSpark Dispatch: 10 Best New Car Launches In 2015

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2015 has been fair to the Indian auto industry. There have been multiple new launches, and some of them have really done well, while some haven't. In this list, we take a look at 10 of the best car launches that happened in 2015.

10. Datsun Go+

At number 10 is the Datsun Go+. A very interesting car, or rather an MUV, priced at what a regular hatchback would cost in India, but with seven seats. The Go+ is based on the Go hatchback, and sports the same engine as well.

9. Abarth Punto

Taking the ninth place is the Abarth Punto, which currently is the most powerful hatchback in India. Based on the Fiat Punto, the engine is tweaked by Abarth, Fiat's performance division, and a turbocharger helps the car deliver 145bhp.

8. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

Sold exclusively in the Nexa Showroom, the premium outlet for Maruti's elite cars, the S-Cross competes with models such as the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, and the Terrano. The S-Cross is available in two diesel engine options, and is currently Maruti Suzuki's most expensive offering in India.

7. Honda Jazz

After the first generation Jazz performed really bad for Honda, the Japanese carmaker immediately pulled the car away from the market and launched it with refreshed looks, diesel and petrol engine options, and with an automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. The car immediately gained popularity and made it to the top 10 selling list during the first two months, and then slowly faded away, but is selling strong for Honda.

6. Ford Aspire

A very interesting launch by Ford, the Aspire compact sedan is in direct competition to the Swift Dzire. Offered with a petrol and diesel engine option, the Aspire also features automatic dual-clutch transmission. If Ford is able to market the car right (which they can do better), it has the potential to take away the Dzire's glory in the Indian market.

5. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti felt it was right to bring back a name from the past for its premium hatchback, the Baleno. The Baleno is offered with the same engines as what powers the Swift hatchback. The Baleno is very good looking car from every angle but the front, since a good look makes the car look like an elongated Swift. Also, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the second product to be sold at the Nexa outlets.

4. Mahindra TUV300

Taking the fourth place is the Mahindra TUV300, which has been inspired from the design of a battle tank. The TUV may not be to everybody's liking, but it is churning up sales numbers for Mahindra. With the Delhi diesel vehicle ban, the TUV300 has to potential to be a best seller.

3. Ford Figo

Sold as the Ford Ka in some international markets, the Ford Figo hatchback takes the third position. The Ford Figo is priced attractively, and has loads of power under the hood (Diesel especially). The Figo competes with the Maruti Swift hatchback in India, and again, if marketed right, has loads of potential to be a good selling vehicle in India.

2. Renault Kwid

A car focused to be budget friendly, big on space, easy on the pocket, and sell in large number. That was the Renault Kwid was made for an is exactly doing that. The Renault Kwid is something the Indian market needed, an alternate vehicle in the entry-level segment. The Kwid has gained a lot of interest and is selling well also.

1. Hyundai Creta

At the top of our list is the Hyundai Creta, which knocked the Mahindra Bolero off the top of the list as the best selling utility vehicle in India, in its first month itself. The Creta was a much awaited product to be launched in India, and is proving to be on of the best selling models for Hyundai. The Hyundai Creta is available with three engine options, and with an automatic transmission also.

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Story first published: Thursday, December 24, 2015, 9:30 [IST]
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