2015 calendar year was a tremendous year for the Indian car industry. We witnessed a lot of new launches and the Indian car industry came back into the growth mode in 2015. This positive vibe also resulted in Car manufacturers bringing in a slew of new cars to the Indian car scene in 2015.
We recall those moments.
- Honda reintroduced the versatile and geeky Jazz back, this time with petrol as well as a diesel burner.
- Maruti brought out an interesting Cross Over, S-Cross.
- Hyundai stormed the market with the compact SUV, Creta
- 2015 saw the return of the Baleno, albeit in a totally different avatar from the Maruti Suzuki stable.
- Mahindra launched their “Tough” Utility Vehicle, TUV 100.
- DC stunned the world unveiling a Desi Super Car, DC Avanti.
- The long in the tooth Figo was given a complete makeover and surprised us with a 100 bhp oil burner under the hood.
- January 2015 saw the launch of the gorgeous Mercedes CLA.
- Renault launched their MPV, named Lodgy.
- Chevrolet finally brought a true blue butch looking SUV, the Trailblazer
- 2015 fag end saw Audi rushing us the new Audi Q7.
- Fiat introduced the Abarth Punto with a cracker of a 145 PS petrol engine.
- Tata brought out the updated Tata Safari Varicor 400 with 154 bhp under the hood, making it the most powerful SUV in the segment.
IBB Top 3 Launches 2015
We present you the cars that really set the cat among the pigeons…
1. Hyundai Creta
The car entered the market with a BANG! Creta created a huge buzz among the Indian car buying public during the launch and it went on to become one of the most successful cars launched by the Korean company. The perfect SUV for the urban commuter, that had the fine blend of style and practicality. The car came with a petrol, two types of diesel engines and a sensible automatic diesel engine. The car like most of the other cars from the Hyundai stable came with features loaded to the gills. The car in a flash secured a top slot in the sales chart.
2. Renault Kwid
It was like a dream come true, what else we can tell about a car that has:
o The looks of an SUV.
o Cheap to buy.
o Excellent top in class mileage.
o And the lightest car in the Indian market.
And Renault made that into reality and that is the Kwid for you. With the Kwid, Renault has drawn the battle line with the heavyweights, the Maruti and the Hyundai.
3. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti despite being the undisputable Czar of the Indian car arena had its fair share of failures since their foray into Indian market way back in 1983. Maruti Suzuki Baleno was one of them. The car really couldn’t have a foothold in the then premium sedan market dominated by the Honda City. The presence of Mitsubishi Lancer in both petrol and diesel models further weakened the case of the Baleno.
Circa 2015, Maruti re-introduced the Baleno brand name but in a totally different avatar. This time, Maruti did their homework right by launching a premium hatchback, just above the massively successful Suzuki Swift. To further differentiate the car from the Swift, Maruti smartly decided to dispense it thru their premium line of Nexa showrooms. This not only helped Maruti to prevent cannibalization of its own Swift but also gave the much needed operation numbers for the Nexa showrooms, considering the S-Cross didn’t take off Nexa show-windows the way Maruti Suzuki expected.
The car is bigger and surprisingly almost 100 Kgs lighter than the Swift. The car was plonked with the same 1.2 Liter K-Series gasoline and 1.3 Liter MJD that found on the Swift. This made many to raise eyebrows, but the car on the real tarmac is way faster than the Swift due to its weight advantage. The car easily rode on the success of the Swift. Maruti is also offering ABS+EBD and driver side airbag right from the bottom rung variant of the Baleno.