The Indian car market is surging ahead in the global automobile market, dislodging South Korea in 2016 as the fifth largest automobile market in the world.
Car manufacturers in India are reinventing their strategies or launching new models in new segments to the complex Indian automobile market. Most recently, the SUV segment has witnessed solid growth in terms of sales and branding. Car makers are either discontinuing the existing models or revamping it with a facelift or even introducing the next-generation of the model to achieve bigger market share.
Here is the list of cars that will be discontinued in 2017.
Lower sales have led Hyundai to discontinue the production of its humble i10 small hatchback. The Korean company is working on a new model to replace the i10 and reports suggest that Hyundai will bring back the ‘Santro' monicker back to its range of cars.
Hyundai i10 still continues to be one of the best-exported brands from India and has fetched large number sales from the time it was launched in India. The i10 premiered globally on October 31, 2007, in India and was manufactured in Chennai. In September 2010, Hyundai facelifted the i10 and could be the last model with the i10 brand in the country.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
The Maruti Suzuki Ritz will be discontinued in India and will be replaced by the new Ignis premium urban compact car. Apart from the Wagon R, the Ritz was the only other model with the tall boy design. The Ritz was powerful with the same engine as the Swift, yet was agile and easy to drive around urban road conditions.
Maruti Suzuki tasted success with the Ritz clocking sales of 200,000 within 37 months of its launch. The company launched the Ritz in India in 2009 and was later facelifted in 2015. The sales volume of the Ritz has been decreasing in the recent past and that could be the reason for the company to discontinue the model.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift brought the nostalgia of a hatchback in India and is also the best-selling hatchback in its segment. The Swift is still one of the top 5 selling cars in India. India received the second-generation Swift and was launched in 2005.
The current model is the third-generation Swift and will be replaced by the upcoming fourth-generation model. Suzuki has unveiled the 2017 Swift in Japan and it looks sharper and sportier than the outgoing model. Maruti Suzuki will launch the new Swift during the festival season of 2017.
Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire
The Swift DZire is among the top 3 selling cars in India and the second best selling car from Maruti after Alto. The reason for discontinuing the Dzire is because, like the Swift hatchback, the fourth-generation DZire will be launched this year.
The Swift DZire was manufactured especially for India and was launched back in 2012. The Swift DZire went on to become one of the best-selling cars in India. Maruti Suzuki gave the DZire a mild facelift in 2013 and a major facelift was given in 2015. The next-generation Swift DZire is expected to bring back the subcompact sedan reckoning as the best-selling car in its segment.
Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire Tour
The Swift DZire Tour is the fleet version of the subcompact sedan from Maruti Suzuki. With the next-generation DZire all set to launch later this year, the DZire Tour will be stopped and will make way for the new DZire.
The DZire Tour was a favourite among fleet operators as it gave ample boot space. Since the Dzire was under the sub-four meter segment, it helped the company price the DZire competitively in the market, ultimately helping fleet operators to opt for the DZire compared other sedans.
Tata Motors Indica
With Tata Motors sensing success with its newly launched hatchback, Tiago, the Indica has taken the backseat in terms of sales. However, Tata Motors will upgrade the Indigo to meet stringent safety norms and regulations.
India will introduce some of the safety features such as standard dual airbags and ABS with EBD, this could be the reason behind Tata Motors stopping the production of the Indica. Tata Motors first launched a hatchback in India with the Indica back in 1998 and was the most modern car developed by an Indian manufacturer at that time.
The Indigo will be discontinued in 2017 and the reasons remain the same as the Indica. Tata Motors will upgrade the Indigo to better safety standards before it re-introduced again in the Indian market.
Tata Indigo introduced the concept of a subcompact sedan to the Indian market, which is essentially a hatchback with a small boot. The Indigo was launched in India back in 2002 with the underpinnings of the Indica hatchback. The current Indigo is the second generation model and will make way for the upgraded version of the subcompact sedan.
The Tata Aria has been revised and will come with a new moniker, Hexa. The crossover SUV was launched back in 2010 and it came with segment first features such as projector-beam xenon lamps, electric adjustable and foldable ORVMs, auto AC, light sensing automatic headlamps among others.
Tata Motors developed the Aria in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), a subsidiary of Tata Motors itself which it acquired in 2007. The Aria was developed for both Indian and international market with the vehicle meeting stringent European safety regulations.
The current generation Maruti Suzuki Swift might be discontinued from the Indian market; however, it will be replaced by the next-generation Swift which is sharper and sporty in its styling. Have you viewed the images of the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift? Below are the images, click to view the gallery.