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60 new cars coming in ’08. Take your pick

If buying a car is on your New Year wishlist, rest assured that you will be spoilt for choice in 2008. Suprotip Ghosh reports.

autos Updated: Dec 31, 2007 05:02 IST
Suprotip Ghosh

If buying a car is on your New Year wishlist, rest assured that you will be spoilt for choice in 2008.

No less than 60 new cars, models and variants are expected to reach the showrooms in 2008, with something for pockets of every size. Bringing cheer to the middle class will be about 15 new models and variants in the small car segment and around 20 new models in the midsize segment.

From Tata’s Rs 1 lakh-car, to Alfa Romeo 159 and BMW X6, the new launches are bound to make choices delightfully difficult.

The luxury segment will have about 10 new models to boast of, along with 15 new SUVs.

Annual sales of passenger cars in India more than doubled in the past five years to 1.08 million in the 12 months ended March 31, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. With seven in every 1,000 people in India owning a car at present, the total may reach three million by 2015.

To accommodate all the extra vroom, dealers are cutting down on inventories and hiring salespersons to ensure that your hot wheels get to you in the comfort of your homes.

Hottest action will be seen in the compact and sub-compact segments, with prices ranging from Rs 1 lakh for the Tata’s now famous peoples’ car to the Fiat Cinquecento that comes with a price tag close to Rs 12 lakh.

While Maruti is scheduled to launch Splash, Hyundai is prepared to counter it with the automatic gearshift i10, the manual shift version of which was first launched in India. In the hatchback/mid-size segment, Fiat is lining up its Linea while Volkswagen will bring in Jetta and Renault the Sandero.