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The top 5 car launches of this year

July 04, 2014 08:27 IST

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The first half of the year 2014 is now completed and the second innings of this dramatic year has started.

We called it ‘dramatic’ as it came up with lots of surprising buzz in the automobile industry.

In these six months several cars were launched in the Indian subcontinent, out of which many proved to be breath-taking ones.

For our enthusiasts, we have brought collection of five exciting cars that were launched in the first half of 2014.

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Image: Maruti Celerio.
Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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The Indian automobile industry at present is going through a tough phase. The industry at present faces problems like, increasing crude oil prices, slow market growth, depreciating value of Indian currency in global market and lack of government initiatives.

However, the automobile manufacturers tried to keep a momentum and introduced many sensational products.

2014 started with the launch of premium cars like Audi RS7 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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Image: All-new Honda City.
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The beginning of year 2014 witnessed the celebration of India’s largest automobile fair, the Indian Auto Expo.

At this grand event many exciting cars marked their presence that includes - Tata Zest, Tata Bolt, Nissan Sunny, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Range Rover LWB Autobiography Black Edition.

Let us now have a look at the top five cars launched in the first half of 2014.

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Image: Hyjndai Xcent.
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Honda City

Prior to the Auto Expo 2014, the Japanese car maker, Honda launched the C2- segment sedan, the City.

The company unveiled this car last year in November and since then it was in headlines.

This next-generation City was launched by the car maker in a competitive price range of Rs. 742,000 to Rs 11.10 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).

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Image: 2014 Honda City.
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Honda City

The response from the enthusiasts was exemplary and the car recorded bookings of 23,000 units in just two months. In a time span of five months, the City attained bookings of around 38,000 units with monthly average of above 7000 units. In a short time span, City became the segment leader thereby dethroning Hyundai Verna Fluidic from the top spot.

Currently, the car is enjoying the flavours of success and is available in the waiting period of two months.

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Image: 2014 Honda City.
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Maruti Celerio

Maruti Celerio that was launched on the second day of Indian Auto Expo, proved to be another sensational launch of the year.

Its bookings started prior to the launching and the hatchback witnessed record bookings of 14000 units in its first two weeks, which later rose to 32000 units.

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Image: Maruti Celerio.
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Maruti Celerio

With the fortune turner Celerio, the car maker attained market share of 44.6 percent which is relatively high compared to rival Hyundai’s 17.8 percent.

Added to this, the AMT variant of this car accounts for 51 percent of the total bookings, which is undoubtedly a new record for any car variant.

However, the waiting period of the AMT variant has increased, as the company imports the AMT gearbox from an Italian manufacturer Magneti Marelli.

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Image: Maruti Celerio.
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Hyundai Xcent

The Xcent from the country’s largest passenger car exporter Hyundai Motors is an another sizzling entry into the Indian auto-market this year.

This compact sedan is available in a price bracket of Rs. 466,000 - Rs 719,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi). Hyundai Xcent locks horn with other popular compact sedans in the market, namely, Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and Mahindra Verito.

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Hyundai Xcent

This compact sedan shares Grand i10 platform and comes equipped with advanced features like rear AC vents, Power steering, Power windows, ABS and many more.

Furthermore, the Xcent did pretty well in terms of sales as it recorded advance bookings of 11,000 units and over 1,00,000 inquiries at its dealerships.

Moreover, in April and May the Xcent did fairly well and sold 6,663 and 7,792 units respectively.

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Datsun Go

Landing on the domestic shores for first time, the low cost brand of Nissan, Datsun has probably, been just able to mark its presence in the Indian auto-market.

Its newly launched Go hatchback recorded just 6,800 units in the first three months.

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Datsun Go

The reason for this can be the brand assurance. Moreover, Datsun Go is sold through Nissan dealerships in India and it is still a new name for the buyers. The Indian hatchback segment is primarily ruled by brands like Maruti and Hyundai and finding a way through these tough rivals is not an easy task for the new arrived Datsun Go.

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Toyota Etios Cross and Toyota Corolla Altis

Both Toyota Etios Cross and Toyota Corolla Altis are another two great machines launched in the first half of 2014.

The Etios Cross and the Corolla Altis are available at the price tag of Rs. 576,000 (ex-showroom) and Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.

It would be too early to comment about the market reviews of about these cars.

But the cars certainly look promising especially the Altis with its decades of reliability at its back.

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