Ford EcoSport is counting its days to go head on with its competitors on the Indian turf. It is expected to roll out by the mid June this year. On the other hand, the ones who are already making merry in the market are Tata Safari Storme and Renault Duster. The former is a legacy vehicle that has its separate fan following while the latter has been alluring young car enthusiasts with its compact size and robust build. Today, we compare these three models on the basis of following factors:-
With the flourishing compact crossover market in India, almost every carmaker intends to share their piece of pie. Country’s largest passenger carmaker is busy these days in formulating their all new Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha which was first showcased as a concept in 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo. The next generation SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) is expected to be on roads by 2015.
Eye-catchy exteriors of Maruti XA Alpha are adorned with contemporary styling which displays Large prominent wheel arches, Chromed front grille, Wedge shaped front bumper, Dual coloured exterior, Chromed stylish door handles, Thick C pillar, Smart Alloy wheels and Nicely positioned exhaust pipes. Interiors also showcase excellent fit and finish. XA Alpha has adequate space to seat five passengers with ease along with brilliant back suppor....
The Fiscal year 2012-13 bothered Indian auto industry very much and despite mane new launches and showers of discounts, automakers could not attain the desired equations. While the sales of auto industry fell 7% year on year basis in last fiscal, some new models even could not get an introduction ceremony. Though, almost all the vehicles segments witnessed sales decline, the highest-selling entry-level and compact cars gets big punch. However, utility vehicles and SUV were able to impel the demands.
While, Duster SUV with 40,000 unit’s sales stood as most successful launch of the year for Renault, the Ertiga MPV proved itself as another victorious model for Maruti Suzuki India. Other models that could prove their worth for Indian consumers in 2012-13 were Maruti’s Swift, Dzire, Hyundai i20, Toyota Innova and Mahindra XUV 500.
Despite all the unfavourable market conditions of dropping out sales, declining profit margins and diminishing capacity utilisation, some of the carmakers are eyeing at long term potentials in India. And for the same, 5 autogiants including Maruti Suzuki, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are planning to spend Rs. 11,000 crore on additional capacity building for 1 million cars. Though the carmakers have lined up big investments keeping in mind the competitive nature of the market, a fear of surplus production is bothering them.
Currently the Indian passenger vehicle market is operating at 60-65% of capacity, which is one of the lowest levels in the last 5 years. So, Industry experts believe that with inadequate 2% growth in FY12 and a drop last year, it is suspicious if market comes out of gloomy phase. And if this does not happen, huge idle capacity will force auto industry fall in more losses. Moreover, even the launch of 10-15 new cars from Ford, Honda and Renault-Nissan may not actually inflate the market
Ford is all set to unveil its most anticipated compact SUV, Ford EcoSport in the Indian auto market by the mid of June, 2013. The compact sports utility vehicle has been in the news right from the day it was showcased at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo. Another enticing product that has separate league of fans, Tata Safari Storme has made it to the Indian shores and has been reasonably successful in bagging decent sales. The refurbished body is now more futuristic and contemporary, in the mean time keeping the same feeling of old Safari. Let’s compare both these models on the basis of following factors:-
Exteriors Feel; EcoSport follows more dynamic design :-
With an aim to bring back Maruti Suzuki WagonR to top 3 models position, the largest carmaker of the country, MSI is planning to introduce an upgraded version of the said hatch in Indian market. To be positioned above its predecessor, the all new variant christened as WagonR Stingray with lots of new changes hit Japanese market last year. And now with the same updates, the car is soon to make its debut in India too.
According to the persons close to development, the upcoming WagonR edition is one of the key models for Maruti to gain chunk of volumes in this year and company would perhaps introduce the car in Monsoon season in the country. The new swank variant of WagonR, to be sold along with existing siblings will make MSI to space out new finest spot for this car.
Making its way in the Indian Territory on 11th April, 2013, Honda Amaze has certainly beefed up the slowing Indian auto market. Characterised by contemporary style and chic interiors, Amaze has become the talk of the town. This is the first Honda model to feature a diesel motor. Toyota Etios and Tata Manza on the other hand are doing reasonably well thanks to good space and elegant exteriors in them. However, Manza embraces technically advance features and superior interiors along with a powerful engine. The entry level sedan fight has reached a next level with Amaze’s introduction; let’s compare these three box cars on the basis of following factors:-
Mahindra’s Igatpuri Engine plant near Nashik that produces engine for XUV 500, Bolero, Xylo, Genio and Maxximo had been burning from workers agitation since last 13 days. But finally with the intervention of Shiv sena President Uddhav Thackeray, the production is expected to be resumed from tomorrow, said a union leader. The 13 days agitation that began on April 9th has been decided to call off agreeing reinstatement of two suspended employees.
Speaking more on the issue, President of Bhartiya Kamgar Sena, affiliated to Shiv Sena, Suryakant Mahadik said that with the meeting of Pawan Goenka, President of Automotive and Farm Equipment division of Mahindra Group and Uddhav Thackeray, management has decided to remove chargesheet proceedings against two suspended workers. So the protest will be called off and work will be recommenced, he added.
The German carmaker Mercedes is steadily trying to get number one position in Indian market and slew of launches in this year will indeed prove the legitimacy of this fact. Out of these new models, the new generation GL-class is going to be launched first on May 16, this year. Carrying the considerable new looks, the new GL-class edition looks like Mercedes M- class with front of the car, featuring daytime driving lights. The launch of this 2013 version is going to be a huge affair as none other than Boris Becker, the Tennis Legend will launch the car in India. Those, who are diehard fan of sports and want to meet this legend, Mercedes brought to you a contest. Interested candidates can head straight to Mercedes Benz India’s Facebook page and take part in the contest.
As far as specs of all new GL-class is concerned, the car is now 20% more fuel efficient in the European driving cycle and is lighter than the existing model. The upcoming luxurious vehicle is also adorned with an option surround view that offers all around view through four different cameras placed on the car. Some of the other key features in new GL-class are electrically-controlled steering, electric parking brake, and an optional audio system& Olufsen with 14 speakers.
Indians love the comfort factor and when it comes to buying hot wheels, the importance is further multiplied. Mahindra Verito was the first one to offer adequate space for entry level sedan buyers that has later stretched to Sunny and then Amaze. Nissan Sunny’s extravagant space needs no introduction and forms the basis of its sales. Lately launched Honda Amaze is the most attractive package among the trio thanks to its spectacular styling, generous boot and classic interior fit & finish. Addition of diesel motor in Amaze leaves no margin for its opponents to intrude. We bring to you exclusive comparison of these three sedans on the below listed factors:-