The Uno was introduced in India in 1996. Only 617 cars of the 30,000 ordered were delivered by Fiat's joint partner PAL. As a result of this the Fiat Uno could not fare well in India in spite of being a huge success initially. The car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and was voted European Car of the Year in 1984.
Fiat is considering on re-launching the Uno in a couple of years. The new Uno will fit somewhere between the Fiat 500 and the Grande Punto
. We can only hope that the Fiat Uno will be rolled into the Indian market and Fiat's new Indian business partner could market the car well.
The Fiat Siena is a small family car that can be described as the four-door sedan version of the Fiat Palio. The car is very similar to the Fiat Albea.
The Fiat Sienna got a facelift for the first time in 2001. The new design was made by the famous Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The facelift Sienna came with a new front and rear design, and a brand new interior. The engine was replaced by the 16 valve FIRE engines 1.0 L 70cv and the 1.2 L 82cv. The Fiat Sienna in the new design was widely accepted by the people.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno/Altura
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno
is a sedan, but Suzuki also introduced the Baleno Altura which was also Suzuki's first station wagon. The Baleno came with a 1.6 L engine and had the option of 4WD. The Maruti Baleno came in two variants.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno came with various standard features such as tilt adjust power steering, central lock door locking, electric windows, tachometer, trip metre, "key not removed" warning buzzer, AC illumination system, cigarette lighter, ash tray illumination, electrically operated AC louvre switches, semi concealed windshield wiper (2 speed plus 2 controlled intermittent), front and rear mud flaps, day/night inside rear view mirror, velour floor carpet, front door armrests and pockets (both sides), rear door child lock, lockable glove box, side impact beams and many more. The top version included leather steering cover, automatic climate control, rear spoiler with LED stop lamp, stylish alloy wheels, MP3 music system, silver finish centre garnish and remote keyless entry also.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno was phased out in 2007 to make way for the Maruti Suzuki SX4.
The Peugeot 309 is a small family car that was introduced in India by the collaboration of Premier Automobile Limited (PAL) and Peugeot Limited
. The car dominated the Indian roads between 1994 and 1997. The Peugeot 309 was originally designed and manufactured by Peugeot between 1985 and 1993.
The Daewoo Cielo was a very comfortable and spacious car that did not need much maintenance. The car was affordable compared to other cars of the same segment of that time. The car came with an excellent air-conditioning system that removed dust, pollen and moisture from the air for easy breathing.
But the biggest flaw of the car was it was a gas guzzler. Moreover, buying spare parts of the car had left the owner with a hole in the pocket.
The Daewoo Matiz
graced Indian roads in 1998. The Matiz is an exceptionally beautiful car designed by the famous Italian designer Giorgetto Guigiaro.
The Matiz has won the 'Most Beautiful Automobile' award at the Milan Show and the 'Best Small Car' at UK Motor Show. It entered the Guinness Book of Records for 'The Most Fuel-Efficient Car' at 32.01 km to a litre of petrol. The Matiz was powered in India by a 796-cc engine that produced 52bhp. It has a Multi-Point Fuel Injection system.
The interior was able to accommodate five persons comfortably. The car conformed to European Safety Regulations. The Daewoo Matiz forms a protective shell around the passengers to protect them in case of serious accidents. Moreover, it is the only car in India to have successfully passed the stringent 40% Offset Frontal Crash Test.
The Matiz is now available as the Chevrolet Spark
in the Indian market. In fact, the Spark was the perfect platform for General Motors to venture into the Indian small-car market.
The Opel Astra was a combination of excellent looks, great performance and drivability. The Club version of the Opel Astra came with a customized electric sunroof that could glide back at the push of a button. The interior was specially designed to offer a high degree of comfort and convenience. The Opel Astra was equipped with integrated ramps in the seat frames and dual side impact protective bars for safety.
The Astra came with powerful CFC free air-conditioner that kept the car cool. The Opel Astra was driven by a 1.6-liter engine. The Opel Astra came in three models: the Opel Astra Club Automatic in petrol, the Opel Astra Metro in petrol and diesel and the Opel Astra MY in petrol and diesel. The Opel Astra could clock 170km/h.
The Opel Corsa was specially designed for India with a three-box version done by General Motor's Brazilian subsidiary. The Corsa came in a notchback, sedan body style. It has been labeled India's 'millennium car'.
The Opel Corsa came in two 'e-TEC' engine variants - the 1.4 liter and the 1.6 liter. Both the engines were microprocessor controlled Multi-Port Fuel Injected engines.
The car's design was enhanced by electronic speedometer cluster, lamp in luggage compartment, utility tray and wood/metallic finish on instrument panel, rear and front speakers and moulded door trims. The car was loaded with low fuel lamp warning lamp, AC, heater, central locking, remote tailgate opener, digital clock, power steering, music system, rear defogger, front and rear power windows, cigarette lighter, dust filter, day and night rear view mirror, vanity mirror, height adjustable seat belts, tinted glass and many more.
The Vectra was a large family car that came from the German arm of General Motors, Opel. The luxury car was bedecked with pretty distinctive headlamps, flared and creased wheel arches with a strong waistline that folded down around the front wheel, jewel-effect tail-lamps and distinguished strip of chrome. The Vectra's steel monocoque was modeled on General Motors
' new Epsilon.
The Opel Vectra was powered either with 2.2 petrol and 2.2 turbo-diesel engines. It is an amazingly quiet car as the engine was barely audible and the tyre as well as suspension rumble are well muted and there is hardly any wind noise. The Opel Vectra was pretty spacious and the seats were comfortable that came with multi-axis adjuster.
The Ford Escort 1.8 was ranked the highest in the J.D. Power and Associates 1997 Indian Customer Satisfaction Study. It was also voted the Best Quality Car in the J.D. Power India Initial Quality Study.
The Ford Escort was a perfect combination of unmatched fuel economy and outstanding luxury. The engine of the car emitted very low noise and an equally low vibration. The car was designed on the principles of Ford Dynamic Safety Engineering. The Escort's CFC free air-conditioning, CD compatible Stereo system, tachometer, power steering, remote boot release, and front and rear power windows provided a great magnitude of comfort. The Ford Escort came in two models, the Ford Escort Orion in diesel, and the Ford Escort Alpha in petrol.