Typical Indian that we are, we wait for the right ‘mahurat’ rather than our budget or best offers in market for buying a new car. And auto makers know what to sell when and how.
With festivals like Navratri, Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath Pooja, Eid-e-Milad and Christmas marked on the calendar, all the major market holders have rolled their best wheels out for grabbing the season of top-speed booking.
Here are your top new car options:
Fiat may not be the first on your choice list, but what’s on offer from the Italian auto-maker would make you think twice. After creating buzz with the Abarth 595 Competitizione, Fiat is eyeing an image-makeover in India banking on its killer performance cars.
Fiat launched its Abarth Punto edition on October 19 to take the VW Polo head-on. The car’s the same Italdesign Giugiaro-designed Fiat Punto, only with more powerful racing steroid from Abarth. In case you cancelled on VW Polo after all the smoke behind the car and the company, this car, in the same bracket, may fulfill your racing fantasies.
Coming out of its ‘One car per season’ closet, Ford has also brought three gifts for the festive Indians this time- Figo Aspire, new Figo hatchback and a facelift of its blockbuster SUV EcoSport launched last week.
Though both the Figos have set the market ringing, minor cosmetics don’t help EcoSport qualify this list. Ford has played all its cards. Choose what’s your trump.
India’s second largest car maker, Hyundai also looks forward to maintain its sales’ pace achieved with Creta , which outsold any other Indian SUV in its first month. The “perfect SUV” took away the numbers from Renault Duster (which by the way also will be face-lifted anytime soon), you would might want to eye big investing in this compact SUV selling like hotcakes.
Talking of Duster reminds of its newest exciting cousin Kwid, the latest talk of the auto town. French auto maker Renault took “Make in India” campaign too seriously and made 98% of this car in India. So starting at Rs 2.57 lakhs, the car looks like go-for-it deal no matter what.
Chevrolet hasn’t played a big game in India since long, even after its last card, the MUV Enjoy crashed. But this time, a bigger monster is raging in the Chevy pit - Trailblazer. Set somewhere above the Captiva, this car will give Toyota, Land Cruiser, Audi and Volvo a run for their money. Well, for you festive buyers, just another awesome big offering in the market. Big family, big budget, big car. Bookings open on October 21.
The Indian major Mahindra is nowhere missing the fun and launched its more civilised looking beast TUV300 actually breaking out of a wall. The compact SUV in typical Mahindra genetics is available in eight variants, including a couple of AMT ones starting at Rs 6.98.
Finally for those bored of seeing the same Swift on the roads, Maruti Szuki has started accepting bookings for the Geneva-unveiled, Frankfurt-launched Baleno first in India. The country’s largest auto giant also invites you to their newest Nexa showrooms to try out S-Cross and the new Hybrid Ciaz SHVS.
Maruti Suzuki will reveal the prices at its launch on October 26.
So go ahead. Make your choice and break the coconut. And tell the author on Twitter @GulshanMWankar what’s your pick on your mahurat.