Which Top 5 Car Brands Are Still Absent in India as of 2015?
Indian automotive industry is witnessing transformation, as many more foreign brands are setting up their bases India. People in India while buying a car are looking at those brands which provide more options & value for money in their vehicles. However, still, a few very-well known and established brands have not yet landed on Indian shores. We have compiled a list of some of the top 5 car brands & their stunning cars which, we feel should be driving on Indian roads sooner than later.
When will these popular top 5 car brands drive on Indian roads?
The PSA Group, which owns Peugeot, was rendezvousing with India some time back. Peugeot was one of the first companies to set up its base in India in 1990s. Peugeot first tied up with its Indian partner Premier Automotive Ltd (PAL) in 1996, had formed a new JV company - PAL-Peugeot & launched the popular Peugeot 308 in India. However, its partnership with PAL collapsed due to differences and Peugeot exited from the venture around 2001 and vanished from the automotive scene in India.
Peugeot has many cars which can compete in the Indian market such as Peugeot 208, Peugeot 2008 Crossover, and the new 308 & 508 etc.; which are promising. Peugeot also has a proven TUD-5 diesel engine technology, with which it could easily re-establish its cars in India. Peugeot’s two-wheeler arm was recently acquired by Mahindra, which will also be looking to bring its products into the market thru’ Mahindra Two-wheelers.
Mazda has some of the most desirable cars, which are the in the bucket-list of many people. Especially the Mazda3 has the most adorable styling and look that makes it one of the most desirable cars. While Mazda3 was first introduced in 2003 / 2004, the 2nd generation was launched in 2010. Mazda3 was upgraded in 2012 by offering the newly developed ‘SkyActiv’ technology featuring more rigid body, a new direct-injection petrol engine and a new 6-speed transmission.
One of the most favourite & desired SUVs – ‘The Jeep’ is yet to drive on Indian terrain in the 21st century. Every Utility Vehicle launched in India was once branded as a Jeep. But not many people know that ‘Jeep’ is not a vehicle body shape, but a brand which makes SUVs. Earlier Willys Jeeps were manufactured under licence by Mahindra & Mahindra. Mahindra’s own products such as Commander, Armada, Thar and even Scorpio carry forward the design legacy of the original Jeep theme. However, the Jeep’s ownership changed many hands and it is currently owned by the Fiat-Chrysler Group.
It is learnt that Fiat India is planning to bring back the iconic ‘Jeep’ brand to India in 2016 with Grand Cherokee & Wrangler SUVs. The new avatar of the Jeep is ‘rugged and refined’. Although the new Jeep has changed its body styling, headlights & contours, its traditional grill remains the same; retaining its original classic looks. Jeep Grand Cherokee’s 3.0LV6CRD Diesel engine delivers 184kW power and 550Nmtorque, whereas the 2-door manual Wrangler with 2.8LDOHC16-valve4-cylinderCRD engine delivers 147kW of power and 460Nm torque.
The manufacturer of some of the finest cars to drive, Subaru, is very popular in the world; with its sales grew at whopping 45% since 2011. Although Subaru Forester was launched in India by General Motors under Chevrolet brand for a limited time, Subaru then simply vanished from India. Why? We can’t guess...!!! But, Subaru cars such as Liberty, Impreza, Outback and WRX are not only stylish & superior in technology but also a great value for money, which are a perfect fit for the young and aspiring Indians.
Toyota Motor Corporation’s luxury arm, Lexus, is Japan's largest-selling brand of premium cars. Lexus is also absent from the automotive scene in India. Lexus has some of the luxurious cars only to be envied of. The Lexus line-up includes different sized & classes of sedans, such as the compact IS & HS models, mid-sized ES & GS models and the full-size flagship LS model. Lexus directly competes with the likes of Mercedes Benz, BMW & Audi – the top 3 luxury car makers in the world. However, Lexus has minimal presence in the sub-continent. It will be exciting to have Lexus on Indian roads as it will offer more options in the luxury cars segment. Although there is a distinct possibility, it is still not known whether & when Lexus would come to India.