Tata Indica Vista Electric
Talking about small cars and all, we cannot avoid a mention of our very own Tata Motors
. And when it comes to small cars in India, Tata Indica is one the best selling models. India's first completely indigenous car will now come in an electric variant for its Vista model. The Vista has already been a success since its launch and with the electric option available; it will just improve the sales performance of Tata Motors much more.
After much ruckus, the Indian debut of the Volkswagen Up! is still in jeopardy in the Indian market. Volkswagen UP! was first unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept, but with VW announcing the production in 2010, rumors are ripe that the car will launch in 2011 and India will be one of the markets to receive it right out of the oven. The car is part of the new line-up of cars VW is producing under the segment New Small Family Cars.
Tata Nano Hybrid
The Tata Nano
has made it possible for many Indians to realize their dreams of owning a car. Tata Nano created history on its launch and has had a successful run till date with demand always surpassing the supply. With the hybrid variant considered to be even more economical and spectacular in design, we would not be the least surprised to see a surge in Nanos on the roads. And here again, we hope that the general public would take interest in a hybrid lifestyle and mode of transportation.
Nissan Ultra Low Car (ULC)
This is three way joint venture between Renault, Nissan and Indian motorcycle giant Bajaj. Bajaj Auto has claimed that its $2,500 small car, which it is building with Renault and Nissan Motor, will offer a fuel-efficiency of 30 km/litre or twice of that of an average small car, with carbon dioxide emissions of 100 gm/km. One tall claim, we say, but let's see how things turn out to be. But in case Bajaj fulfills its promise, we are sure that the ULC will create some serious ripple in the fuel deprived and economy crazy market.
The Kia Picanto hatchback is available in two petrol engine options - a 60bhp 1.0-litre and a 64bhp 1.1litre. Both the engines are coupled with a five speed manual transmission, and a four-speed auto is optional for the 1.1 litre engine. Designed for city driving, the Kia Picanto comes fully equipped with modern safety features like side airbags, side impact protection, remote central locking and seat belts. Other important features include driver's seat that adjusts for height and a good radio/CD with four speakers. The car is expected to come to India in late 2011, and will be priced around Rs 4-5 lakh.
Ford Fiesta Hatchback
Seeing the success of the Ford Fiesta Sedan
, Ford Motors is planning to introduce a hatchback version of the car. The Fiesta Hatch is likely to come with two petrol DURATEC engine options: a 1.4-litre 79 bhp and a 1.6-litre 99 bhp along with a 1.4-litre/1.6-litre DURATORQ diesel engine. Though there are no confirmed details about the Fiesta hatch, it is speculated that the small car would be a perfect choice for young crowd. The interior design will be inspired from the Verve Concept. The Ford Fiesta hatch is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2011, with an estimated tag of Rs 6 lakh.
New Chevrolet Aveo U-VA
The New Chevrolet Aveo U-VA will receive a host of modifications including new sweeping adjustable headlamps, all-new bumpers, huge grille, sparkling taillights, manually adjustable external rear view mirror, and impressive wheel covers. Even the interior will be equipped with a variety of striking and entertaining features. In addition, the efficient suspension system and good ground clearance will improve handling on Indian roads. The new car will only be a facelift version of the present generation Aveo U-VA
and will carry the same engine. The car is expected to be launched in the beginning of 2011 with a price tag of Rs 5 lakh.