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Cars that changed Indian auto industry in 2013

January 02, 2014 12:39 IST

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Last year has been a dramatic year for the Indian automotive industry. The so called ‘most developing auto-market’ experienced quite few ups and downs throughout the year.

There were phases when prominent car makers faced strikes and had to recall their vehicles due to technical issues.

Looking on the graph, it can be evaluated that the carmakers faced a decline in sales due to high input costs, diminishing rupee value and increasing fuel prices.

Despite of reoccurring crisis in 2013, there were many auto-giants that did well in sales due to some of their impeccable mean machines.

We have listed the top automobile gainers this year along with the cars that enabled them to rise.

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Ford Motors

The popular American car maker, Ford has been growing steadily. Last two-three years have been quite impressive for the auto-manufacturer, as it launched a couple of impressive cars on the Indian shores.

Back in 2010, Ford stunned the enthusiasts with the launch of Ford Figo hatchback, which positioned it amongst the major automobile contributors in the Indian auto industry.

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Despite rising competition from cars like Honda Brio, Maruti Swift and Hyundai i10, it managed to be a significant sales contributor for Ford.

The company positioned itself as a top-notch SUV carmaker with the launch of Ford EcoSport compact crossover this year.

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Soft road capabilities, features of a premium saloon and fuel efficiency like the hatchbacks are the major USPs of this SUV.

The company has been marvellous in terms of the sales numbers for this SUV and at present the waiting period of this vehicle has increased to six months.

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Honda Motors

Honda, the Japanese automobile manufacturer in India overcame the crisis of 2012 and now occupies the second spot in the top gainers list.

The reason behind Honda’s success is the arrival of mid-size sedan - Honda Amaze.

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Based on premium hatchback Brio’s platform, the Amaze has competed well with its rivals such as Maruti Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios Liva and Tata Manza.

The credit for Honda’s supremacy in the Indian auto-market this year goes to the highly efficient 1.5-Litre i-DTEC diesel engine introduced in Amaze.

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Within 6 months of its launch, over 55,000 units of this vehicle were sold across the country and seeing the response the company has speed up the deliveries of the car.

Other than this, Honda City also did well in the C segment as it offered impressive features and performance that won it many hearts.

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Hyundai Motors

Hyundai Motors has been at the forefront for making an all-important impact in the industry for the year 2013.

The credit goes to its models like Verna, i20 and newly introduced Grand i10. Hyundai Verna Fluidic did pretty well in the C segment and sold decent numbers of units across the globe.

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The company witnessed 28.87 percent increase in August 2013 when compared with same month last year.

Besides this, Hyundai i20 also shined throughout the year and secured satisfactory sales for the company.

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The sensational launch of Grand i10 that currently sells over 10,000 units per month has been the all-important model for the Korean manufacturer, which won the company the crucial "Indian Car of the Year Award"2013.

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Mercedes-Benz

After facing tight nose competition with BMW and Audi in last 3 - 4 years, Mercedes-Benz bounced back this year.

The "Three Star" luxury auto brand introduced the A-Class hatchback in India that transformed the premium hatch back segment.

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The company recorded 400 bookings within 10 days of the launch of A-Class.

Later on the launch of New E-Class and B-Class diesel further enabled the premium carmaker to regain its lost glory in the Indian car market.

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Skoda Auto

Skoda has always been a brand recognised for its high quality products, however in last three years it could not taste success due to increased competition.

After the Laura, the company had no other choice to offer in the entry-level segment, therefore it introduced 'Rapid' that strengthened its position within the segment.

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In the second half of 2013, the company saw an impulsive growth with the introduction of the next generation Skoda Octavia.

Getting all bells and whistles, the new Octavia managed to secure decent sales in the domestic auto-market.

The new stunning premium sedan now challenges cars like Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta and Toyota Corolla Altis.

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