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The best selling cars in India in the past 15 years

Last updated on: December 13, 2013 19:05 IST

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India, the second most populous country and an emerging market, has seen tremendous growth in the field of automobile in 21st century.

From small hatchbacks to super luxury sports cars, all have been landing quickly on Indian shores for quite some time now.

Five cars, however, have stood the test of the time. They have continued to sell despite world’s biggest automakers trying to beat them over years by introducing one exciting cars after the other. These, however, continue to outsell their competitors.

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Alto/ Alto 800

One of the preferred choices of a common man, Maruti Suzuki Alto has completed thirteen years in the Indian market.

It is still today one of the best-selling hatchbacks in India and have built its own unique image in terms of trust and reliability.

The unique selling points of this car are its modish design, low price and excellent fuel economy.

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Alto/ Alto 800

It has been receiving decent updates since the day of its launch in India and adding up stars continuously.

Currently this car is selling with the name Maruti Alto 800 and is available in two variants - petrol and CNG.

The petrol and CNG variant both consists of 0.8L 796cc 3-cylinder engine, which produces 48PS and 69Nm of torque, mated with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, while they differ in mileage aspects.

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Alto/ Alto 800

The latest model consists of revamped exteriors and interiors to attract the small car enthusiasts or people with small families.

Features like airbags and active crumple zone, refresh looking exteriors and superior interior space has made this car a preferred choice for many.

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Maruti Swift and Dzire

Swift name has become synonymous to the words lovable and adorable in the automobile world now. The car has now become one of the most preferable cars in current scenario.

Its immense popularity can be seen from the fact that since it was first launched in the market in the year 2005, it still has a waiting period of 6-9 weeks.

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Maruti Swift and Dzire

The engineers of the company have put-in some real hard work in Maruti Swift and its sibling Dzire.

Both these cars have been blessed with a superb combination of performance, style and fuel efficiency.

Both the models have the same engine line-up of petrol and diesel with some exceptions.

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Maruti Swift and Dzire

The petrol model is powered by 1.2L K-series VVT engine producing 86bhp and 114Nm of torque while the diesel one incorporates 1.3L DDiS with Multi injection CRDi technology generating 74bhp and 190Nm of max torque.

Exterior and interior designing is out of the world with loads of safety features which makes this car a wonder on roads.

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Mahindra Bolero

Boasting of solid and true style statement, the SUV according to experts is solely ‘made for India’ as it is engineered to be stable in Indian terrains.

The car is especially targeted towards the rural areas of the country where it has been heartthrob since a decade.

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Mahindra Bolero

The car is superbly designed with all modern amenities inside and features of an SUV.

It is available only in diesel engine option with some variations among the engine lineup.

Currently it is available in three engine options; basic 2.5L engine (63hp/180Nm), 2.5L XD3PU (68hp/137Nm)and 2.5L CRDe(97hp/255Nm) engine options coupled with five-speed manual transmission system.

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Mahindra Bolero

The exteriors and interiors of the car are designed to appear mighty and innovative at the same time which totally matches up to the significant success of the company.

Handling of the car is pretty relaxing and comfortable. Overall the car is an excellent package of luxury, style and fuel efficiency and is being offered with lots of accessories and decent price tag.

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Hyundai Santro

Hyundai Santro entered in the Indian market in 1997 and since then it has changed drastically.

The car has gained immense popularity from the day one and has contributed enormously to the success of the company in India.

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Hyundai Santro

The car is currently available with the nameplate Hyundai Santro Xing and is offered in petrol and LPG variants with 1.1L SOHC 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 63PS and 96Nm of peak torque.

The engine is mated with five-speed manual transmission system.The engine is designed to deliver maximum power and mileage while consuming least energy at the same time.

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Hyundai Santro

Santro is also popular among the masses because of its low maintenance cost in comparison to other cars in the segment.

Santro has been serving thousands of Indian consumers for many years with its exciting exteriors and interiors features packed up in a decent price tag.

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Toyota Innova

As the name itself suggests, the car is truly an innovation in its class. Toyota Innova has written its own success story in Multi-Utility Vehicle segment and is the best seller from Toyota and the most popular car in the small MUV segment in India.

The car has been designed to target Asian market conditions and mainly used as a taxi.

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Toyota Innova

Since 2003, it has received several facelifts and is one of the most popular cars in India having tons of diesel and petrol variants available across the country.

Petrol variants are powered by 2.0L 1TR 4-cylinder engine delivering 132PS and 181Nm of torque while the diesel variants are powered by 2.5L 2KD-FTV 4-cylinder turbocharger producing 102PS and 200Nm of peak torque.

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Toyota Innova

The engines are mated with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The chiseled styled exteriors of the car deliver stunning impact on roads while the interiors have been embellished with several thoughtful additions and premium touches through past decade.

The car still dominates the Indian roads and has presented itself as an ideal candidate in the Indian MUV market.

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