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The list of worst-selling cars in India (as of 2018) is out and the ageing Fiat Linea sedan has topped it. While we always share the monthly and yearly sales report of the best-selling cars in India, many are interested to know which all cars sell the least on the market. Check out the top-selling Indian cars as of now.
We can never say that the best-selling car is the best choice you can make, or if the worst-selling car is bad in every way possible. However, the Indian automotive market has its fair share of favourites.
That being said, these are the worst-selling cars in India (in ascending order):
|Model||Units Sold In 2018||Decline In Growth*|
|Fiat Punto Evo||619||-71%|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||216||-39%|
*decline in growth cmpared to 2017; positive values denote newly-launched models
(Click on each headline to get the full details of the particular model)
The Hyundai Elantra's market is mostly absorbed by the Verna. Both sedans from the South Korean brand in India is almost identical in terms of specifications and equipment, with the Elantra obviously having the upper hand. The next-generation Elantra has been revealed globally and many are awaiting its launch rather than buying the current model.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a really good five-seater compact-SUV, but it's the pricing which has caused its downfall. Furthermore, there are a lot of cheaper (and arguably better) alternatives to the Tiguan.
The Nissan Terrano has been on the market since 2013 and the SUV has seen only a few updates till date. With the launch of the new and desirable Nissan Kicks, the Terrano's production has met a dead-end.
The Renault Lodgy is a decent vehicle, but the Indian MPV market is dominated by the likes of the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Marazzo. Even the recently-launched second-generation Maruti Ertiga is a big hit in the affordable MPV segment.
The Fiat Punto Evo is a prime example of a good car which is not getting the sales it deserves. The hatchback and its performance avatar, the Abarth Punto, are really good. But the brand's poor marketing strategies have wiped them out from the scene.
The Volkswagen Passat is a decent choice in its segment, but is overshadowed by the Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla Altis. It does come with enough on the inside, but a good majority of Indians are not ready to shell out its current market price.
The Tata Nano will be officially discontinued from April 2020 as the company has no plans to introduce BS-VI-compliant versions of the car's engine. Sales of the Tata Nano have been witnessing a steady decline recently even though the company introduced it back in 2008 with huge expectations.
The new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid was launched at a starting price of Rs 36.95 lakh and it is no surprise that its predecessor faced low sales towards the end of last year. The new Camry Hybrid brings a lot of improvements compared to the previous model.
The fact that the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is on sale in India is unknown by many. The seven-seater SUV market is dominated by the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour; with the Skoda Kodiaq and Mahindra Alturas G4 climbing up the ladder in their own pace. The Pajero Sport, on the other hand, is just not offering enough to attract the market.
The Fiat Linea is another example of a decent vehicle which was capable of getting better sales if proper marketing strategies were carried out. If the Linea has to be back on track, Fiat India should bring a major revamp to it.
From the list, it is evident that Fiat and Mitsubishi are facing a tough time on the Indian market, while most other brands are either improving or replacing their low-selling models. Again, it is worth keeping in mind that the worst-selling cars need not be a bad decision to make. What do you think of the list? Let us know in the comment section below.