Small Cars to hit Indian Market in 2010

The Indian auto market is expected to be flooded with a swarm of small cars manufactured by both Indian and foreign car manufactures according to a survey conducted by auto experts. Here is a list of the Upcoming Small Cars that are looking to enter the Indian auto market.

Chevrolet Beat
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General Motors is set to bring in the next Chevy called Beat to India.  GM hopes to continue its success streak with this two door hatchback concept car.  The Beat will be positioned between its two big brothers Chevy Spark and Chevy U-Va.  Beat boasts of a sporty exterior comprising of a large tyres and headlights that run all through the edges of the front-hood.  General Motors plans to introduce Beat with a 1.2 litre petrol engine that generates close to 75 bhp.  Other variants introduced later could include two diesel options with a 1 litre and a 1.3 litre engine and another petrol option with a 1.4 litre engine.

Expected launch date Jan to April 2010
Estimated Price Tag : Rs.4-5 lakhs

Chevrolet spark 800

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Positioned below spark, the spark 800 is said to carry a low price tag.  The car will be smaller than its siblings in terms of engine capacity.  The name suggests that the drivetrain will be powered by an 800CC engine.  The new spark will come with features that will perfectly match the handsome style and design of the existing model

Expected launch date  Jan to April 2010
Estimated Price Tag : Rs.3 lakhs

Fiat Bravo

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The Bravo is a hatchback from Italian car maker, Fiat.  The small family car Bravo will be imported by Fiat India as CBU (Completely built-up Units) from Italy.  The Bravo will be available in both Petrol and Diesel variants.  The Petrol version will have a 1368cc, 4 cylinder wih maximum power of 148 bhp and the diesel version will come with a 1910cc, 4 cylinder which can deliver 150bhp. The most important trait about the Bravo is noise is well suppressed, whether it is wind noise, or engine noise. Fiat Bravo has a sleek appealing exterior with a small rear screen and sharply rising waistline.

Expected Launch Date: Dec 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 17.5 Lakh

Hyundai i30

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Sleek and sporty, the new i30 hatch from Hyundai is all set to arrive in India. After receiving an overwhelming response to i10 and i20 hatchbacks in the country, Hyundai is bringing in the i30. Hyundai claims ‘I’ stands for Inspiration, Intelligence and Integrity. The car was designed at Hyundai’s European branch – Hyundai Motor Europe Design and Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany. Owing to this, the i30 showcases a true European design both inside and outside. Hyundai is likely to equip i30 with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. A choice of either a synchronous manual transmission or and automatic transmission will also be offered. It is likely to come standard with air bags and ABS for safety.

Expected Launch Date: March 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 8 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Cervo

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Maruti Suzuki is launching its new small wonder, Cervo, to the Indian market by the end of this year. The Maruti Suzuki Cervo will stand against the Tata Nano and the upcoming low-priced cars from Hyundai and Nissan. The Cervo will sport a Suzuki 660cc engine, as against Nano’s 623cc engine. The 1-litre engine of the Cervo can generate about 60 bhp. The car will be available in both 2WD and 4WD. The Cervo is likely to come with an automatic gearbox. The sleek design and exquisite features of the Cervo will allure customers once it is launched.

Expected Launch Date: December 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 1.5 Lakh

Mini Cooper

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The New Mini Cooper is a premium small car from the house the British Automotive Brand owned by BMW. The car is slightly larger than both the Beetle and the Fiat 500 and this attribute of the car may prove to be a weapon against them. Mini is expected to launch in India in 3 variants: Mini One, Cooper, and Cooper S. The car will come with a choice of four engines in India: 95 bhp 1.4L engine, 110bhp 1.6L engine, 120bhp 1.6L engine, and 175bhp turbocharged 1.6L engine.

Expected Launch Date: June 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 20 Lakh

Mitsubishi Colt

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The Indian car market is dominated by small cars and eyeing the potential of this segment many car manufacturers are eager to launch small cars in India. The Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors is also thinking of entering the small car segment with its car Mitsubishi Colt. The car is expected to make its debut in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version will be powered by a 1.1-litre engine and the diesel version will be fitted with a 1.5-litre engine. The engine for both the versions is said to be developed by Mercedes. The interior will be spacious with a seating capacity of four.

Expected Launch Date: June 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 5 Lakh

Nissan Micra

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As a part of its expansion plans in India, Nissan has plans to launch a small car in the Indian market. The new small car from Nissan is the next generation Nissan Micra. The Micra or March as it is known abroad will mark Nissan’s entry into the automatic and small passenger car market. The car will be build based on the ‘A’ platform. The car will be launched as a result of the joint venture between Renault and Nissan. The pricing or the date of the launch of Nissan Micra is not available.

Expected Launch Date: May 2010
Expected Price : Rs. 4 to 5 lakhs

Nissan Pixo

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The Nissan Pixo is Nissan’s answer to increasing fuel prices and greenhouse emissions. Pixo is a five-door, four-seater car with a 1.0-litre fuel efficient engine that expels low carbon dioxide emission. The new generation K Series engine borrowed from the Maruti Suzuki A-Star will generate a power output of 66 bhp. It offers roomy interiors and generous luggage space. The car also houses the best safety features like anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and keyless entry. The Nissan Pixo with the best of engineering and packaging, will soon enter the Indian car market.

Expected Launch Date: July 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 5 Lakh

Nissan Ultra Low Car (ULC)

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The Nissan Ultra Low Car (ULC) will go on sale in 2011 in India. To launch this car, Indian automobile maker Bajaj has joined hands with Renault and Nissan. The car would initially come in petrol version and the diesel variant would follow soon. This car will stand against the Tata Nano, which is so far the world’s lowest-priced car. The Nissan Ultra Low Car will have a front engine unlike the Tata Nano.

Expected Launch Date: 2011
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 1.03 Lakh

Renault Sandero

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The modern and economical hatchback Sandero built on the Logan platform will be adorned with elegant and futuristic features. It will come with low and spacious boot to ensure easy and comfortable storage. The car will be available in three variants-1.0-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel. The car was originally designed to suit the needs of South American car buyers but now it will enter the Indian car market with everything that is essential to meet the Indian conditions. Equipped with all the upmarket technologies, the Renault Sandero promises to be a runaway success in the domestic market.

Expected Launch Date: March 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 5 Lakh

Toyota Yaris

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The Toyota Yaris Hatch will be available with an engine option of 1-litre and 1.3-litre VVTi petrol that will churn out 67 bhp and 86 bhp, and a 1.4-litre D4-D diesel engine that will generate 89 bhp. The car will be refurbished according to the needs and aspirations of Indian car buyers and will have ample legroom and headroom to ensure comfortable seating even on long journeys. In India, the car will be pitted against Hyundai i20 and Skoda Fabia.

Expected Launch Date: March 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 5.5 Lakh

Volkswagen Polo

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Small, jazzy, and sporty, the Polo will be pitted against the Jazz, Fabia, and A-Star. This new car borrows some of its design from the SUV Tiguan and the small car Golf and delivers extremely spacious interiors. Polo is equipped with a variety of engines in the US, but only two of them will be available in India: the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, petrol engine that generates 70 bhp and the 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol engine that produces 85 bhp. A diesel version of Polo will be brought in depending on the success of the petrol versions.

Expected Launch Date: March 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 4.5 – 7 Lakh

Volkswagen Scirocco

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This successful two-door hatchback is coming soon to scorch the Indian roads. Based on the Golf platform, the Scirocco displays a broad and muscular look. The stunning car has a road-hugging presence with huge 18-inch wheels, narrow grille, large air dam, and the panoramic sunroof. Scirocco offers a good ride with a perfect blend of performance and utility. In India, the car is likely to carry a 140bhp turbo-diesel engine.

Expected Launch Date: February 2011
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 30 Lakh

Volkswagen UP

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The design of the UP concept car seems to be inspired by Volkswagen’s famous Beetle. The Up will prove to be a tough competition to rivals like the Suzuki A-Star, Skoda Fabia, and Fiat Grand Punto. The engine will be placed in the rear, like the Nano, resulting in better interior space and comfort. In India, the car is likely to be launched with the two-cylinder petrol and three-cylinder diesel versions. The UP will also have a rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Expected Launch Date: Late 2010
Estimated Price Tag     : Rs 3.4 Lakh

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