2014 has made an end, and all of us will say a good bye soon to it, where on the flipside a bright 2015 awaits our gleam. Remembering from our past mistakes is said to push ourselves better on the lacking. But good morals extracted from our memorable works helps to stand firmly and do those deeds with better grip in the future. And that seems the reason why all of us remember the best of past year to commemorate a better purview of the future. Here, listed down are the great car launches of 2014 that have said yes to the automaker to get going aggressively ahead. Read on to find more.
The first one to name that gorgeously marked 2014 as its brightest part of life has to be the Maruti Celerio that started the trend of going automatic at pocket friendly price tag. Priced from Rs 3.90 lakh onwards this car has hit the nail right on its head and even compelled other automakers to change their decision and go with the AMT if wished survival at the earliest.
Nissan Datsun GO
The winning streak that Nissan was aiming for the long past in India against Maruti and its likes was attained after the launch of Datsun GO hatchback. Honestly speaking, GO has all streaks that were needed to go at the starting price of Rs 3.12 lakh. At the cost of a compact car, here, one can buy the complete hatchback with a powerful engine and enormously spaced cabin. Psst…GO+ MPV is also on the way to launch soon in 2015. Well, that may perhaps conclude the best of 2015.
Honda’ sales got that deserved boost after the launch of first diesel with Amaze followed by new City. But what about taking the success story on a next level; and there came the Mobilio to handle the dropping sales where only Maruti Ertiga was a major rival for cashing that particular segment. Starting at Rs 6.49 lakh, one can also buy the most stylish RS model at Rs 10.86 lakh. Must admit, despite being a MPV the Mobilio looks smart and precisely shaped like a nicely fitted suit especially in the white paint shade.
Tata’s best proportion of the marketing team and their strategies cannot get better than this. The launch of Zest in 2014 made a mark of being the cheapest diesel automatic car now available in India. Starting for Rs 4.64 lakh in petrol trim and Rs 5.64 lakh in diesel the sedan goes a step ahead in popularizing that AMT gearbox when maligned with the diesel.
Hyundai Elite i20
The i20 that had always stayed ahead of the rest and at times also made a cut above than its strict rival Maruti Swift has finally notched altogether to a new platform with the ‘Elite’ model. European looks on the outer and ample of features, that how the Hyundai had strategized this car in Indian market for a starting price of Rs 4.89 lakh which all the way goes up to Rs 7.67 lakh is opted for top-end diesel trim, comparatively equal to the amount asked for a compact sedan.
Toyota Etios Cross
Toyota’s only model that could be remembered for this year is the Etios Cross. As based on the Etios hatchback, it is galled with plastic cladding and raised ground clearance for appearing as the substitute of compact SUV or a crossover without compromising for the drive comfort of hatchback. Skid plates, bull bars, muscular bumpers, roof rails are other additions that this car boasts at a starting price of Rs 5.76 lakh.
Fiat’s Avventura is a shortcut to the compact SUV as utilized the hatchback Punto to climb up this segment. Honestly saying, the work done by designers must be talk of. That spare wheel at rear and the other additions with a raised ground clearance makes it a perfect buy starting at Rs 6.06 lakh, where options of petrol and diesel both are given. Hence, the success hungry Fiat had thrown an adorable option to the market which others are needed to look up to.
2014 New Toyota Corolla Altis
Very few may know and may have spotted on the road; Toyota Altis 2014 avatar had silently made the debut. But it can be taken into consideration with regards to its segment as there is no other so remarkable model came out in 2014 for the repertoire. Starting at Rs 11.99 lakh, 2014 Altis is the 11th generation of Corolla in global market, which is of great importance as India also got to see the best of Toyota’s most sold car around the world.
Maruti after a gap of seven years once again housebreak into that sedan segment which the SX4 earlier used to cater. In fact, it is the fate of Maruti making it unable to sell cars above the price point of hatchback, or else can say at an approximate bracket of Rs 10 lakh. Despite after several attempts the company had once again ventured into this segment. Ciaz on the cosmetic front looks very dated to outdo rivals, but is it really going to do so in the long run, that can be judged only in 2015. However, this year it has earned enough sales and apparently had compelled some to change their minds over the marketing strategy. Selling hot from Rs 6.99 lakh onwards ex-showroom, the automaker had sold a decent number, but still can’t say anything about its future due to Maruti’s history in this segment so far.
We know the Hyundai i10 Grand was developed to deliver a sedan based on the same platform in the near future. Xcent is quite good for value, but seems the Honda Amaze had fallen first in this category, and there seemed Xcent is slightly late to the party. But not to worry about, Hyundai perhaps know well how to market its product and sleek out that profitable quarter from the product. That’s where the Xcent stands strong at the starting price of Rs 4.66 lakh.
Ultimately, the show stopper of 2014 is Audi A3 which seemed to have a last laugh at the hatchbacks of BMW (1-Series) and Mercedes-Benz (A-Class). Price starting from Rs 22.95 lakh the A3 sedan is a complete Audi in compact sedan model but that competitive slot of pricing has allowed it to eat up the sales of many other cars (from down the line segment) apart from those top-three German carmakers. And to the surprise, the convertible version is also launched (only in petrol version) priced at Rs 44.75 lakh making the brand to kill many birds with a single stone and walk the talk as of a true lifestyle inspired automaker that combines utility as well. A3 is the best example to say that all!