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The 26 most popular cars in India!

Last updated on: March 10, 2011 19:16 IST

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Domestic passenger car sales touched a record 189,008 units in February this year, a growth of 22.63 per cent vis-a-vis the figure for the same month of 2010, as customers advanced their purchases fearing a possible excise duty hike in the Budget.

February sales bettered the previous high of 184,332 units achieved in January this year.

Total sales of vehicles across categories registered 21.32 per cent growth to 13,70,932 units in February, 2011, from 11,30,037 units in the same month last year, it added.

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Maruti Alto: 33,015 units

The Maruti Alto, an A2 segment hatchback car, is loaded with 998cc, 3 cylinder K10B engine that belts out a maximum power of 68 Ps at 62,00 rpm and pumps out the highest torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm.

The model comes in two variants - Alto K10 LXi and Alto K10 VXi.

Both the variants are BS IV emission norms, E 10 and EL V compliant.

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Hyundai i10: 15,105 units

The Hyundai i10 now comes loaded with two petrol engines - 1.1 IRDE2 and 1.2 Kappa2; the former variant is available in three variants such as D-Lite, Era and Magna while the latter comes with five additional variants like Magna 1.2, Sportz, Sportz (O), Sportz AT, Asta and Asta (O) AT.

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Maruti WagonR: 14,131 units

The Maruti Wagon R is powered by the 1.0L, 998cc, KB-series petrol engine with five speed manual transmission gearbox.

This all aluminium, light weight KB series engine has cable type gearshift which is of great help at the time of shifting of gear.

This powerful engine can produce the maximum power of power of 68 PS at 6200 rpm with the maximum torque of 90 Nm at 3500rpm.

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Maruti Swift: 10,936 units

Maruti Swift comes in both petrol and diesel version.

The petrol version of the car is packed with 1.2 L, 1197 cc K series engine.

The K series engine is packed with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox and BS IV emission and offers a great performance in terms of power, torque and acceleration.

The diesel version is packed with 1.3L, 1248 cc DDiS engine.

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Tata Indica: 10,044 units

The new version of the Tata Indica is more powerful in terms of engine, has greater fuel efficiency and conforms to BS IV emission norms.

The engine of the new variant produces a top power of 71 Ps at 4500 rpm and generates a peak torque of 135 Nm at 3500 rpm by 1405cc, 475 IDI Turbo Intercool Diesel engine.

The Tata Indica V2 comes with 1396cc,4 Inline cylinder that develops a max power of 53.5 Ps at 5500 rpm and belts out highest torque of 85 Nm at 2500 rpm.

All the variants of the Tata Indica V2 are mated with 5 speed manual transmission.

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Maruti Dzire: 9,490 units

Maruti Swift Dzire is available in both petrol and diesel version.

The petrol version of the car is packed with 1.2 L, 1197 cc, K -12 series engine.

The K-12 series engine is packed with 5-speed manual transmission and it meets BS IV emission norms.

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Tata Indigo: 8,966 units

The car is available in six competitively priced variants.

Of the six Tata Indigo variants, three are available with petrol engines and the rest are diesel engine models.

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Tata Nano: 8,262 units

Tata Nano has a steel body, made to provide a strong passenger compartment with many safety features which includes crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and the rear tailgate glass is attached to the body of the car.

Tubeless tyres provide better control over the road while the vehicle is on the drive, thereby increasing the safety.

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Hyundai Santro: 8,070 units

The all new Hyundai Santro Xing is powered by a 1.1 litre, SOHC, 4 cylinder, 1086cc, petrol engine that is mated with a five speed manual transmission; the end result of the powertrain accounts max power of 63 Ps at 5000 rpm and max torque of 96 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

The powerplant of the car is powered by eRLX or Active Intelligence Technology.

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Ford Figo: 7,883 units

The petrol version of Ford Figo is powered by the all new 1.2L petrol engine which produces 71Ps of maximum power and 102 Nm of peak torque.

The diesel version of Ford Figo comes loaded with the company's popular 1.4L, Duratorq diesel engine.

Ford Figo comes in four variants in both petrol and diesel engine.

The variants are Lxi, Exi, Zxi and Titanium.

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Maruti Omni: 7,756 units

The petrol version comes with superior MPFI technology, allowing lower emissions with greater fuel efficiency.

Furthermore, users get the advantage of greater pulling power (35 BHP at 5000 rpm and a torque of 6.1 kg-m at 3000 rpm.

Omni's superior engine also meets BHARAT Stage III norms.

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Mahindra Bolero: 7,161 units

This utility car has a 2498cc diesel engine, with dimensions of 4260(L) X 1815(W) X 1810(H) mm and weights 1615kg.

It has a ground clearance and a wheelbase of 200mm and 2680mm respectively, a turning radius of 5.4 meters.

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Hyundai i20: 6,834 units

Hyundai i20 is available in both petrol and diesel option with different variants.

Its 1.2 L Kappa engine packed 5-speed manual transmission gearbox produces a power of 80 PS.

Its 1.4 L Gamma engine 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox offers a power of 100 PS.

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Maruti Ritz: 5,882 units

Maruti Ritz is available in both petrol and diesel version.

The petrol version of the car is packed with 1.2 L, 1197 cc K -12 series engine.

The K-12 series engine is packed with 5-speed manual transmission searbox and BS IV emission.

The highly powerful engine of Maruti Ritz offers a maximum power of 85 PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 113 Nm at 4500 rpm.

The diesel version of Maruti Ritz is packed with 1.3L, 1248 cc DDiS engine with 5-manual transmission gearbox that offers greater mileage and acceleration to the car.

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Maruti Eeco: 5,780 units

Maruti Eeco is equipped with a 1196cc petrol engine that generates maximum power of 73 Bhp at 6000 rpm with the maximum torque of 101 Nm at 3000 rpm.

The engine performs great and  accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 15.7 sec.

You can achieve a top speed of approx 146 kmph.

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Toyota Innova: 4,515 units

The petrol version of Toyota Innova comes with a 1998cc, 16-Valve DOHC WTi petrol engine that produces 132PS power at 5600rpm and 181NM torque at 4000rpm.

The diesel version of Toyota Innova comes with a 2494cc, 16-Valve DOHC diesel engine that produces 102PS power at 3600rpm and 200NM torque at 1400-3400rpm.

The petrol variant of Toyota Innova is compatible with CNG.

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Maruti Zen Estillo: 4,469 units

Zen Estilo is roomier than the previous model and sports a 1.0L, 998cc, KB series petrol engine.

Zen Estilo is longer and offers more boot space and superior air conditioning.

It delivers 68 bhp and its low-end torque makes it ideal for Indian city conditions.

Maruti Zen Estilo has a 998cc, three-cylinder engine and five-speed manual gearbox combo.

It gives a peak power of 68 bhp at 6,200 rpm and maximum torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

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Mahindra Scorpio: 3,924 units

Mahindra Scorpio comes in diesel engine in four different variants.

The 2.2 L mHawk engine comes with a displacement of 2179 cc.

The engine is endowed with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox for the three variants and automatic transmission gearbox for one variant.

The mHawk engine of Mahindra Scorpio is equipped with CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel supply system.

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Honda City: 3,668 units

The New Honda City comes with a 1.5L, 1497cc, i-VTEC engine with four cylinders and 16 valves.

This i-VTEC technology offers higher fuel efficiency with increased engine performance.

Further the 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts offers much more convenience in handling the car.

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Maruti A Star: 3,657 units

With a petrol engine of 998cc displacement, Maruti A Star is available in four variants viz., Maruti A-Star Lxi, Maruti A-Star Vxi with manual and AT transmission, Maruti A-Star Zxi.

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Volkswagen Vento: 3,548 units

While the petrol engine is able to produce a torque of 105 PS, the diesel engine generates a thumping torque of 250 NM. Volkswagen Vento is introduced in India with manual and automatic transmission.

The petrol version is equipped with a 5-speed and 6-speed automatic gearbox with triptronic while the diesel variant comes with only 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Maruti SX4: 3,534 units

Available in 16V DOHC VVT engine, Maruti SX4 is extremely powerful in delivering higher power output of 104.68 Ps and a top torque of 145Nm with a displacement of 1586cc.

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Volkswagen Polo: 3,303 units

Volkswagen Polo is available in 3 engine types.

The 1.2L petrol engine is packed with a 5-speed manual transimission gearbox that ensures an outstanding performance with excellent fuel efficiency.

The 1.6L petrol engine comes with 5-speed manual transmission which produces a maximum power of 105 PS at 5250 rpm and a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3750 rpm.

The 1.2 L diesel engine with 5-speed manual transmission is an impressive performer and produces a power of 75 PS at 4200 rpm and 180 Nm torque at 2000 rpm.

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Chevrolet Beat: 3,183 units

All three variants of Chevrolet Beat are powered by the same capacity engine but they differ in terms luxuries and other features.'

All three are equipped with the 1.2L, 1199cc, 16Valve DOHC petrol engine that produces 80.5PS of maximum power with 108Nm of maximum torque and delivers excellent engine performance.

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Chevrolet Spark: 2,998 units

Chevrolet Spark petrol version is available in one engine option - 1.0 Litre, 8 V, SOHC Smart-Tec.

The Smart-Tec powertrain increases the max engine power and toruqe that result in zippy pick-up and performance.

It also ensures engine operation to be smooth, noiseless, fuel efficient, powerful, reliable and maintenance free.

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Toyota Etios: 2,786 units

Toyota, Etios sedan comes equipped with 1.5 litre petrol engine.

Etios' engine will produce 90 PS of peak power at 5600 rpm.

The engine generates maximum torque of 132 Nm (13.46 kg-m) at 3000 rpm.

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