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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 18 Mar 2010
The talk of the town over the last two years has revolved around Rahul Gandhi, the recession and small cars. This blog discusses things interesting and so, here is a brief of the top 3 small cars, costing under 4 lakh rupees, to hit the narrow Indian roads over the next 5 months.
The sleeping giant, Nissan, for reasons known to no one hasn’t done much for the Indian masses besides their trucks. That will change soon with the launch of the Nissan Micra, a 5 door A segment car that will be available in both petrol and diesel. At first glance, it appears to be the offspring of a Reva and a Beetle and it’s looks will be highly subjective, however, the design enables excellent visibility for parking and crawling through the city. The 1.2 litre petrol is expected to be priced around 3.8 lakhs and should sip a litre for every 14kms.
Nissan is a major player in small cars in several countries around the world and Carlos Ghosn is betting heavy on India, with plans to launch 11 more models after it.
In a previous post, we talked about green cars and we mentioned the Reva, an electric car manufactured by an Indian company that’s beaten the top automakers in the world to market. Well, Reva 2.0 will be connecting to the Indian road circuit soon and we are quite electrified by the prospects.
Expect much better battery life, even lower cost per kilometer (the earlier iteration served about 2 kms per rupee). It will also seat 4 people, though how comfortable we can’t really say and the expected price for the basic model (truth be told, the Reva is a basic car in general, but a damn good one at that) is about 3.5 lakhs.
We happened to be around during the launch of the Figo to it’s dealers on the sandy private beaches and lawns of the Grand Hyatt in Goa and I remember noticing the almost childish joy on the faces of the men as they stepped out of the Figo after a test drive. These men were the top Ford dealers from around the country, most of who drive around in German machines and yet, they were absolutely thrilled.
It’s no surprise then that Ford, along with many in the industry see the deceptively spacious Figo as a game changer both for the American parent and the industry in general. With a mileage of around 17 kmpl, powerful air conditioning and a price of around 3.5 lakhs, the Figo will go far. It isn’t very pretty though.
Which one’s for you?
So which would you see yourself and the country driving in? Whatever your choice, Royal Sundaram has an insurance plan for your new car.
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