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India will soon bid goodbye to these 7 cars

Last updated on: August 23, 2012 08:50 IST

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T
he Indian car industry has certainly come a long way - from the time when only a few cars adorned the Indian roads and customers did not have much of a choice to a time where car makers are competing fiercely to launch new models in the country.

'Survival of the fittest' is the mantra here; if a car fails to impress customers, it is either chucked out or given a makeover.

Here's a list of cars that will be shelved from the country soon.

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Chevrolet Aveo U-VA

Chevrolet's Aveo U-VA, despite a decent look, could never make space for itself in Indian homes.

With slumping sales, the hatchback proved to be a disappointment for the American car maker.

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A major reason behind this could be the lack of a diesel version. Recent reports suggest that General Motors will replace this car with Chevrolet Sail.

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Chevrolet Aveo

The twin sister of U-VA, Chevrolet Aveo sedan will also disappear from Chevrolet showrooms.

This one also failed to make a mark in the Indian market. Like the hatchback, the sedan too does not have a diesel version.

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GM India is bringing the Chevrolet Sail sedan in both petrol and diesel variants.

The fresh models will add to the new range of cars GM India has planned for the domestic market.

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Chevrolet Optra

Yet another vehicle from the Chevrolet stable that will be phased out from India is Optra.

The ageing sedan still has steady demand in some parts of the country, but it seems that it has played its part and will soon be redundant.

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The company has not planned any replacement for the sedan, but it plans to launch a few other new cars in the Indian market.

The agenda is clear: General Motors India is going for a complete revamp in India and will soon offer a completely new range of cars.

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They started the year by launching facelifts of existing models.

With that, almost all their current cars have either been revamped or will get a facelift later this year.

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Maruti 800

One of the oldest and most popular models in India will soon be history.

Its birth goes back to the time when India got the most affordable and contemporary looking car of that era.

Maruti 800 became a household name and has dominated the auto industry for over two decades.

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With the BS IV emission being imperative in most cities in India, the car's sales dropped drastically.

With other car makers offering cars in the A segment, it is time to spin out a new car for the Indian customers and this is exactly what Maruti has planned.

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Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Accent, a sedan that started its journey in 1999 is now on the verge of reaching the finishing line of its itinerary.

The production of the second offering from Hyundai in India will soon be called off.

The company did try to lift the sales of the ageing sedan by giving it a makeover last year (though it was a soft facelift).

Despite that, the numbers continued to slump every month.

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Currently, only the petrol engine is on offer as the diesel engine was killed some time back.

The numbers tell a dismal story; only 182 units of Hyundai Accent sedan were sold in India in July.

This clearly indicates that the sedan has reached the last phase of its life cycle. The company, however, has not confirmed the move till date.

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Honda Civic

Honda Motors India is also contemplating to bring Honda Civic's journey to an end.

Civic, which was once a popular model in the country, is slowly disappearing from Indian roads.

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The lack of diesel engine has crippled the model with plummeting sales every month.

Honda, however, has not made any official announcement regarding taking Civic off the shelf but the fact that Honda has stopped the import of Completely Knocked Down kits of the model points towards the same direction.

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