As per a recent report, Indian car buyers' most important factor while buying a car is its mileage and the pricing. Most of them ignore the fact that the below-listed worst selling cars in India are developed with the focus on performance and power, and most of all -- value for money.
Here is the list of top 10 worst selling cars that are actually worth buying in India:
Fiat Punto Evo
The Fiat Punto Evo is a solidly built car from the Italian manufacturers which is capable of taking some of the toughest roads in India. Along with good ground clearance, the Punto Evo comes with a frugal and performance oriented engine. The Punto Evo might be one of the worst selling cars in India; however, it is worth the buy because its ride quality and it comes loaded with power.
The Italians are known for their designing their cars and when it comes to developing a car's exterior, the Fiat Punto Evo is a witness to Italian's approach towards designing. However, the reason behind Punto Evo being labelled as one of the worst selling cars is attributed to lower sales and service network and its premium pricing.
The first-generation Ford Figo was one of the best-selling cars for Ford in India; however, the current-generation model failed to evoke the same response. Having said that, Ford India's biggest export model is the Figo hatchback which comes with a moniker KA+ in the European market.
Ford Figo exuberates chunky and beefy design cues along with frugal and powerful diesel engine, and value for money proposition which makes the Figo worth the buy though its has been dubbed as one of the worst selling cars in India. The diesel Figo model develops a good 99bhp and 215Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox making the hatchback efficient on city and long distance travel.
Nissan took the cue from its business partner, Renault, on the success of the Duster SUV and launched the Terrano based on the Duster with little tweaks in features and exterior design. Both the Terrano and the Duster offer the best ride quality which makes it one of the best compact SUVs to drive on rough and tough road conditions.
The Terrano is among the low selling cars in India and can be attributed to the company's low sales and service network. Also, other Indian car makers have launched more affordable and feature rich SUVs which has dented the sales of the Terrano.
When Renault launched the Scala, the company promoted the sedan as the biggest in terms of cabin space and legroom. The Scala is not just big in cabin space, the sedan is feature-rich and comes at an affordable price. However, not many were impressed with the exterior design which looked bulky and big.
With competitors such as Maruti Ciaz and Honda City, the Scala had little room to grow in the Indian market. The Scala could do better with a sleeker design and Renault should look to increase their sales and service network.
The Honda branding in India is a much-revered name and models from the Japanese car maker bring the best in quality and build. The Honda Mobilio was supposed to bring the essence of quality and features; however, with the competition of Maruti Ertiga, the Mobilio had little chance to sell higher numbers.
One of the reason for the Mobilio to be part of the worst selling cars in India is its design and most of all it was priced higher than its rivals. The Mobilio though is one of the best vehicles for Honda enthusiasts for its space and practicality.
The Chevrolet Cruze is a muscular looking sedan and ably supported with a powerful engine, yet it yielded low sales for the company. With performance figures of 164bhp and 360Nm of torque from the 2.0-litre engine, the Cruze is among one of the worth buying cars in India.
The Cruze falls under the worst selling cars in India simply because of the high-cost involved in post sales service and spares along with the lower number of service network in the country. The Cruze is still among the best cars to buy in India.
The Fiat Linea 125S model is one of the powerful sedans in the country, the sedan also boasts of good ride and handling. Fiat equipped the Linea with some of the best safety and interior features yet it did not perform well in terms of sales.
Fiat is another manufacturer who suffers in sales due its low network of sales and service centres along with high cost of spares. Fiat is re-strategizing its business in India and needs to be seen if there will be an emphasis on their sales and service network.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki entered the premium segment with the launch of the S-Cross amid great expectations. With Maruti's robust sales and service network, the S-Cross was expected to do well in sales; however, it suffered because its high pricing.
Maruti is known for their lower pricing coupled with good sales and service network, but the S-Cross failed make any inroads in the Indian market due its higher pricing. The company has cut the price of the S-Cross in an effort to boost sales, but it has not really taken off.
Tata Safari Storme
Tata Motors introduced India to the premium SUV segment with the Safari brand, it immediately had a cult following the country. The Safari is known for its true-blue SUV features and it went on to bring huge sales when launched initially.
Over time, the Safari started to lose steam as Tata Motors failed to impress the Indian buyers as the company did not overhaul the brand according to the market trend. The Safari continues to enjoy branding among Tata Motors enthusiasts and it is still a capable SUV for off-road travel.
Tata Nano AMT
The Tata Nano AMT is still the cheapest car in the Indian market and the small car brings out the cheerfulness in you. The Tata Nano is spacious despite being labelled as a small hatchback and is the cheapest AMT car in the market.
Tata Nano did not meet the expectations of the carmaker in terms of sales because it's low-quality interiors.
The list provides insights into the reasons behind the low sales of cars in India despite being a car worth buying. One of the main reasons is the low sales and service network in the country along with high-cost spares. Indian buyers are sensitive towards their requirements and car makers who launch cars worth the money should also bring robust sales and service network to counter the threat from its rivals.
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