Maruti Ritz Automatic is a Cool Urban Chic: Test Drive

Going for a work at the peak hours or maybe for a get together at a shopping mall with family on weekends, getting you frustrated inside your vehicle, but here we now are bestowed with solutions of such problems, and it means going clutch free. Well it was known to the world since long back but we Indians are now introduced to it very recently. Whatever it maybe, later or sooner, the thing which does matter is, many automakers are keen on rolling out their automatic version in India, and most probably the youths are inclining to be their soft target, who falls especially in the category of young professionals and so. But though, there isn’t any restrictions on owning a one, automatic is a cool chic to hang out with, leaving you fuss free, with complete peace of mind, even in bumper to bumper traffic and rush hours.

Lest of all, recently Maruti had rolled out Swift Dzire and A-Star in the same category and now finally its most adored charmer ‘Ritz’ had also been dealt with that same smartness in its drivetrain– the four speed automatic gearbox. Informing you a bit before the actual ride starts, Ritz had also gone under a facelift where it had been tweaked with one-piece front grille, up risen fender and sharper headlamps, whilst of minor updates on interiors too.

Maruti Ritz

Inside is lashed with two tone interiors, being occupied with fabric upholstery, an additional storage box on front AC vents, and a tachometer being placed on the speedometer cluster, relieving its sports image for a very close shoot out. The door panels are too seen covered in the similar red dressing, making you feel pampered at all the times when it picks you staring at them.

Let’s leave interiors till that only, we were much excited on the drive; let us tell you it was a complete fun driving in the city, and putting our whole day long inside hadn’t left us exhausted even through the sticking 9-5 or 8-10 traffic specialty hours.

Maruti Ritz Interiors
The gearbox of Ritz is similar to Dzire and A-Star, making you move very swiftly when just stepped on the accelerator, and to an extent it doesn’t feels under power, all thanks to its 1.2L K series petrol engine, which had proven tactical results even in the ordinary avatar as well. The throttling extravaganza is sufficient enough to make right moves while overtaking, but somewhere we do feel that the responding time is got a bit delayed, as can be slated due to longer gear ratios divided just among the four gears only. On the other side of flip, VVT (variable valve timing) is also found in the facelift edition, giving a refined and classy output even in top notches, but very differently the higher RPMs at lower gears make the engine more noisy and cranky, maybe it is because of unusual gear distribution, hence the overall travelling yielded us with big gleam on our faces.

Scuffling the highways in between too wasn’t a disappointment, red lines seems nowhere to be a barrier in between, making to cruise till the point where roads are visible, and yet no ends to our route, but somehow we managed to ourselves to get out of this addiction and returned to the starting point.

Maruti Ritz Engine
There is not much to say than this much as it was already a star in the horizon, on conclusions, prices lends a voice of Rs. 6.19 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), and is made available only on one variant i.e. VXi ABS, whereas Maruti had a bundle of trims in this model plate, then why only the one out of them is selected is still not gotten into our mind. Moreover, the interiors and all are much practical, just like we don’t have any complaints from its previous generation; this one we think is an over-priced hatchback, and was unexpected that too from the makers who is known for the very-well Indian blooded, in sense of efficiency and low pricing segmentation. Mind our words, many of us may be driving out shocking mileage, in positive terminologies, in the manual gearbox under the same hoods but it is learnt, a drop in the fuel efficiency of automatic trim a must crimp for the pockets. Well, if anyone who is willing to spend an additional Rs. 92,000, on comparison with manual ZXi, then it is must on their list.

Ratings: The drive was good, but had left us starving due to the price asked for. Suits better at 6.5/10.

Maruti reveals Ritz automatic with a price tag of Rs. 6.15 lakh

After the debut of all the information about the Ritz AT on its official website, the company has finally revealed the vehicle with a price tag of Rs. 6.15 lakh ex showroom Delhi, the car will be available at a cost of about Rs. 6.46 lakh on road in Delhi. The automatic version of the car is available only with the Ritz VXI ABS petrol variant.

The car receives the facelift of the similar vehicle in September last year, now offers 4 speed auto gear box, similar to the one that is used in the Swift Dzire and A-Star. Standing against the several key competitors like Honda Brio automatic and Hyundai i10, Ritz is far more expensive than its competitors.

Maruti reveals Ritz automatic with a price tag of Rs. 6.15 lakh

Hyundai i10 and Honda Brio are currently available in two automatic variants starting with Rs. 5.24 lakh to 5.75 lakh. Even the stated fuel economy of about 17.16 kmpl is quite similar to that of the other competitors. So, it is the brand name that will be the major player in this fierce competition.

If the three vehicles are compared together, Brio AT happens to be the most advanced automatic transmission vehicle and offers best economy among the three. So, it will just be a matter of time to see who emerges as winner among three.

Maruti’s sales goup with New Dzire in February 2012

Maruti has been in the business for more than two decades now and it is the largest car manufacturer in India. Maruti Suzuki India’s sales in the month of February 2012 has soar high by 6.54 per cent, with 1,18,949 units which includes the export as well. Compared to the same month last year, the Company had sold 1,11,645 units in the month of February 2011, including exports. The good news is that it has made a record sale in the domestic market without any export of 1,07,653 units until now in this fiscal year. In 2011, the same period without any exports it was 1,01,542 units which come to a growth of 6.02 per cent in February 2012.

In the very same manner, the exports of Maruti Suzuki India have gone north by 11,296 units which is 11.82 per cent this February 2012 in comparison to 10,102 units in February 2011. It is to also consider here that the sales of its passenger cars in India also increased by 7.13 per cent with 94,118 units being sold in the first month of 2012 from the 87,851 units which were sold in January 2011.

2012 Maruti Swift Dzire

Now this part is going to be very interesting since with the entire rise in the sales of the company, some model are making it big in the market whereas some not doing that good. Maruti’s mini car division which has Maruti 800, Maruti Alto, Maruti A-Star and Maruti Wagon R has gone down by 8.24 per cent at 49,104 units in February 2012 compared to previous year in February 2011. With that Maruti SX4 also went down by 42.47 per cent in sales which comes to 2033 units compared to 3534 units of February 2011. The compact car division went up at about 31.06 per cent which includes Maruti Ritz, Maruti Swift and Maruti Estillo.

The popular Maruti Swift Dzire’s sale is at a very commendable 58.78 per cent which is also very impressive. It has four variants in its petrol version and three variants in its diesel version. For the mileage conscious consumer I would like to add that the petrol version can give a mileage of 19.1 Kmpl and the diesel version would give close to 23.4 kmpl on the highway. At an Ex-Showroom Price (New Delhi) of Rs.4,79,582-Rs.7,09,898 this is a good bargain.

The cool factor in cars – the car with the best AC within Rs 10 lakhs bracket

Summer has set in and it is unusually hot. Blame it on the global warming thing but then eventually one has to bear it over. Even with the AC on full clip, I have seen many people sweating and this isn’t limited to the home AC but also to a car AC. This actually gave me a thought as to which car AC within the Rs 12 lakhs bracket would be the best. For this gargantuan task, we compiled a list of the cars which are scorching the sales chart according to their respective manufacturers. Not only this, we had to check out the standard procedure of rating the car’s AC. For this one of our staffers came up with an idea. Why not preheat the interiors of the cars by making them stand in the scorching sun and then start the AC and the drive the car for a fixed distance of 15 kms? Yes, this idea should do it. Next, we had to select the route and it was finally decided that it would be a mix of highway and city driving. The area near Majiwada junction connecting the Kalyan Bhiwandi bypass was selected along with Ghodbunder road to add to the city highway mix. So what we have got here is that once the cars are started after being baked in the sun, the AC would be kept on full blast. Electronic thermometers made their way inside the cars to check for the heat quotient. Though the cooling performance of a car depends vastly on its greenhouse, it also shows as to what manufacturers can do to ensure that their products reign supreme in this competitive world.

Hatchbacks :

Fiat Grande Punto : While the Fiat Grande Punto may be a capable hatch and one which has done the job of reviving Fiat’s fortunes in India, it is still not the first choice amongst many car buyers. For the overall distance, the Fiat Grande Punto’s AC could only chill the cabin to 32.9 degree Celsius.

Fiat Palio : The Fiat Palio is Fiat’s oldest warhorse in India. It shares some of its components with the Grande Punto and hence recorded an almost similar temperature of 33 degree Celsius.

Maruti Alto K10 : The Alto K10 is the recent upgraded version which has seen an engine change and also some styling revisions. The Alto’s managed just to be just better than that of the Fiat twins by recording a temperature of 30.8 degree Celsius.

Hyundai Santro Xing : The smallest offering from the Korean company had impressed us in its real world AC performance however with the statistics coming into play, it managed to cool down the cabin temperature to 31.2 degree Celsius. Seems that the time has come now for Hyundai to give it a salute and retire it. But then recently I saw an ad on the telly showing Hyundai coming up with a new variant with some goodies thrown in. Must salute their “Never Say Die” attitude.

Chevrolet Spark : This small car offering from Chevrolet certainly wasn’t much of a performer in the AC stakes even when we had compared it recently and with the statistics thrown in, it cooled down the cabin to 30.4 degree Celsius. Just about average.

Maruti Ritz : The Maruti Ritz has always impressed us with its all round abilities and now it was the time of its AC to impress us all. The Ritz’s AC cooled the cabin down to 28.2 degree Celsius from the scorching 50 degrees that it was in. Awesome for a small car is what we can say on this one.

Hyundai i10 : The recently face lifted Hyundai i10 displayed good performance from its engine and its light cheery interiors seem to be a good place to be in. Now, you would have one more reason for buying this Korean and that is its AC. The AC brought down the temperature to 28.6 degree Celsius.

Tata Nano : The smallest car in this comparison, the Tata Nano was the dark horse amongst the lot. It recorded better figures than all the aforementioned cars with its final reading standing at 27.8 degree Celsius. This inspite of an engine which almost intrudes inside the cabin. Impressive car with wide variety of talents.

Tata Indica Vista : The Vista with a larger greenhouse than the Tata Nano also was one of the better hatchbacks in this category with the temperatures plummeting to 29 degree Celsius in the designated route.

Maruti A-star : The Maruti A-star may not have set the sales chart on fire however its air conditioner’s capacity to reduce the heat inside the cabin is tremendous. The AC reduced the temperature to 27.6 degree Celsius from 50 degree Celsius.

Chevrolet Beat : The funky new Beat has everything going for it including its climate control system which cooled the cabin to 27.5 degree Celsius. The Beat’s AC coil and condenser system is definitely uprated than that of the Spark.

Nissan Micra : The Nissan Micra is the bread and butter model of the Nissan lineup. The Micra went one step up above that of the Beat by cooling the cabin to 27.3 seconds. The compact looking Micra is small in dimensions but best on features and interior space. Now even the AC works in its favor.

VW Polo : The Volkswagen Polo is the premium hatch which has been bringing in good business to the VW brand. However its AC doesn’t seem to be as powerful as its exterior looks suggest. The cabin temperature came down to 28.7 degree Celsius during the course of our test route.

Hyundai I20 : Hyundai cars have always performed well in AC tests however this time around, the tables were turned for the small big hatch, the i20. The i20’s cabin was cooled only to 29.6 degree Celsius from the 50 degree standard.

Skoda Fabia : The VW Polo’s cousin, the Skoda Fabia, also had similar performance like the VW car, standing at an overall 29 degree Celsius. Both the Polo and the Fabia have larger greenhouses to cool and this may be taking a toll in cooling the cabin effectively.

Honda Jazz : The biggest of the hatchbacks, the Honda Jazz has wide talents and cooling the cabin effectively can be called as one of its talents. Our thermometer showed the temperature as 27.2 degree Celsius after the test run. Impressive enough for a car with such a large greenhouse.

Ford Figo : The small car which ran away with all the accolades for the year 2010,m the Ford Figo, amazed us with its cooling speed, which cooled the baked cabin to 26.4 degree Celsius, in our test run. Not only is the car highly capable but it can now be also called as one of the coolest cars one can own with a strict budget on hand.

Chevrolet U-VA : The long forgotten spacious hatch from GM, the Chevrolet U-VA can teach a trick or two to the new breed of hatches. It cooled the cabin down by almost half the temperature at which it started at, with the final result reading as 25.4 degree Celsius.

Maruti Estilo : The recently revamped Estilo, which shares its mechanical bits with the rest of the Marutis attained a cabin temperature of 25.8 degree Celsius during the course of our test route.

Maruti Swift : The 5 year old car from Maruti still has a lot of life left in it with its climate control system cooling down the cabin to 26.4 degree Celsius on the route of our test.

Maruti Wagon R : Not only does the Wagon R share its engine with the Estilo but it also shares its AC components. However it bettered the figures of the Maruti Estilo by cooling the cabin temperature to 24.5 degree Celsius.

Toyota Etios : The Toyota Etios is Toyota’s newest baby in the Indian sedan segment. It is Toyota’s cheapest offering as well in the Indian car market. However the AC cooling wasn’t at its best with the cabin temperature dropping to 33.7 degree Celsius during the course of the test.

Tata Indigo Manza : The Manza Elan showed why Tata cars are much better in the AC stakes than the other cars in its comparison. The cabin temperature reached 28.7 degree Celsius from where it started at.

Fiat Linea : The Fiat Linea is one Italian beauty which will mesmerize everyone with its looks however inside the cabin, things really seem hot as this beauty doesn’t cool the cabin temperature as effectively as the others in its segment. The cabin temperature read as 36.7 degree Celsius.

Chevrolet Aveo : The Aveo, the long forgotten cousin of the U-VA hatchback makes its presence felt in the cooling department with the cabin reaching temperatures of 29.4 degree Celsius during our tests.

Maruti SX4 : The SX4, though having an automatic climate control system still doesn’t manage to cool the cabin as effectively as its competitors. The cabin temperature reached only 29.9 degree Celsius after all the heavy blowing that the vents were doing.

Mahindra Verito : The newly christened Mahindra Verito sedan has got some equipment to boast of as also some design elements to stray away from the boxy earlier design. Like, we must have experienced in Meru cabs, the AC of this car performs extremely well and even in the Verito, it managed to cool the cabin to 27.8 degree Celsius.

Ford Fiesta Classic : Like its smaller sibling, the Figo, the Ford Fiesta also impressed us with its all round abilities with the Fiesta Classic’s AC cooling the cabin to 28.6 degree Celsius. The 2011 variant which is just around the corner will definitely better this performance by the AC.

Maruti Dzire : Like the others from its stable, apart from the SX4, the Maruti Dzire cooled our sun burnt backs to an impressive 24.2 degree Celsius. This inspite of using the small 1.2 liter K series petrol engine from the Ritz.

Hyundai Accent : The recently refreshed Hyundai Accent has long gone past its prime however it still soldiers on in India. Like the others of its ilk, a strong AC is one of its prime attractions. This Korean work horse recorded 26.8 degrees Celsius, which belying its size is a real impressive figure.

Hyundai Verna : The Hyundai Verna that we tested isn’t the 2011 model, which would be launched shortly however if the 2010 model can cool the cabin to 27.5 degree Celsius, then the 2011 version would definitely go one up and best this figure.

And now comes the best one out of all these cars and not surprisingly, it’s a German, the Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen Vento : The Vento is Volkswagen’s newest success story and such a story that it has given the Honda City’s established script sleepless nights. Not only did the VW Vento reach a chilling temperature of 24.1 degree Celsius, it also managed to have an equally cool temperature of 8.4 degree Celsius at its vents.

Thus comes to an end, the exhausting closure of the topic as to which car has the best AC amongst cars within the Rs 10 lakhs mark. Above the Rs 10 lakh mark, there are many cars which would definitely have a strong go and maybe sometimes later, we would conduct one more test wherein we can just go on about the best AC in the above Rs 10 lakhs category. Watch out for it folks.

Deals for the month of April 2011

As always each and every month, we unfailingly bring the deals for that particular month to our readers. Many of our readers have benefited from these details and have written in to say “Thanks”. Well, continuing with the tradition, here are some hot deals on cars for the month of April 2011. This time around however not many automobile companies are offering discounts however the few that have, we have listed them here. Happy shopping.

Honda :

The mighty Honda City has seen some real competition from the mighty German, Volkswagen. Like as we reported earlier, the difference between the sales figure of the Honda City and the Volkswagen Vento were just 100 apart. In lieu of this, Honda are offering the City with a cash discount of Rs 25000 off. Not only that. If you are exchanging your old car at a Honda dealership, chances are that you would get an additional Rs 20,000 off as an exchange bonus. Moreover if you persist, some dealers would throw in an additional Rs 5,000 discount. Make the deal sweeter for Honda fans.

Hyundai :

The Korean company after an emphatic 2011 ICC World Cup sponsorship are now offering their smallest car, the Hyundai Santro with a total discount of Rs 21,000. Out of this, Rs 11,000 is regarding the free first year insurance whereas if you are planning to exchange your old car at the Hyundai dealership, then there is an exchange bonus of Rs 10k. The company is also offering huge discounts on its Hyundai Sonata Transform saloon. This is being done to remove the existing stocks for the old Sonata. A new one is on the cards soon. Corporate discounts of Rs 30,000 are being given plus due to the world cup fever yet to subsidize, free cricket merchandise totaling Rs 15k.

Mahindra :

On its flagship, the company is offering discounts worth Rs 15k in all. This includes the Rs 5,000 cash discount from the dealer’s end on all the variants plus the exchange bonus of Rs 10k that is being given should one exchange their old car for the Mahindra Scorpio at the dealership.

Maruti :

Maruti is offering discount on only one of its model this month. It is the very capable Maruti Ritz. The deal that one gets is a free third year extended warranty. The cost of the third year warranty otherwise is Rs 2,400. Customers can either opt for free accessories worth Rs 12k or else get this amount deducted from the final price of the car. This would be applicable only if one selects the fully loaded ZXi variant. Moreover as is the Maruti tradition, dealers are ready to offer an extra Rs 5k off if the buyer happens to be working in a corporate company. Also to further sweeten the deal, Rs 12,000 by the way of exchange bonus is also being offered. This takes it to a total of Rs 36,000 off on the on-road price of this car. Unfortunately the deal is only been offered on the petrol variant of this car. The diesel, well commands well over 1 month long waiting periods.

Tata :

With its new Manza Elan variant, the company is offering upto Rs 15,000 off. A major  portion of this chunk comes from the Rs 10,000 exchange bonus and Rs 5k cash discount that the company is offering.

Deals for the month of March 2011

Yes, we are back with the sizzling deals that car manufacturers are bringing in the month of March 2011 for the Indian buyers. Listed below are some of the major players of the game who are offering deals to entice the buyers into show rooms.

General Motors:

The General is offering a cash discount on its slow selling model, the Chevrolet Aveo. It is reported that the company is offering a discount on all its 1.4 and 1.6 models. The cash discount which is worth Rs 30,000 is something wherein which one doesn’t have to forsake the 3 years free maintenance package that GM offers. Now, that what we call a real deal.

Mahindra and Mahindra:

Ahead of the launch of the W201 SUV, Mahindra and Mahindra are giving discounts on its failed joint venture car, the Mahindra Logan. Discounts of as much as Rs 20,000 is been offered on the petrol variants of this car. The diesel variants however don’t enjoy this benefits. A slightly face lifted Logan is on the cards soon and without the Renault badge.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited:

The country’s largest car maker is all set to offer its much loved hatchback, the Maruti Ritz with a discount of Rs 33,0000. There is a cash discount of Rs 21,000 whereas if you plan to exchange your existing car, the discount stretches to another Rs 12,000. This discount applies across the entire range of Ritz cars.

Tata Motors:

For the Tata Indica Vista, Tata Motors is offering an exchange bonus of Rs 10,000 and also free insurance worth of Rs 17,000. This makes it a total package of Rs 27,000. The Indica Vista is a competent hatchback and would definitely benefit from this magnamity from the company. The Tata Sumo Grande is the other model on which, across the entire range, one gets a discount of Rs 10,000.

Volkswagen:

Europe’s largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen, in India is offering their Volkswagen Jetta car with a discount. The reason for this generous thought from the company is because the older Jetta is all set to be replaced by a new one shortly. Dealers are offering upto Rs 75,000 off on all the variants. The breakup for the amount is Rs 60,000 off for the insurance for the first year followed by a Rs 15,000 navigation system for free or even a cash discount for the same amount. Roughly this comes to 5 percent of the vehicle’s on road price. We at Indiandrives feel that this is the right time to go in for the Volkswagen Jetta even though a replacement for the same is already on the cards. Due to the discounts that one would be getting now, if you plan to sell the car later on, its relatively lower resale value would be negated somewhat.

Hot deals for month of February 2011

We are back with the hot deals for the month of February 2011. It has just been a month since the new year started and car makers are already offering deals to get rid off their existing stocks and to pave the way for new models coming in. Here is the take on few of the models that we found out which were having discounts.

Audi

Audi A4: It is a rare sight to hear or to see that Audi India are offering discounts on their cars but then the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI as well as the Audi A4 2.0 TDI are been offered with comprehensive discounts. The amount been offered is a whopping Rs 1 lakh cash discount on both these variants. Other variants step aside, there are no discounts.

Audi A6: If you thought a sum of a lakh rupees was big enough, wait till you read this one. The Audi A6 2.7 TDI is been offered with a flat cash discount of Rs 3 lakhs. Amazing, isn’t it? If you were eyeing that Audi A6 for quite some time but were apprehensive about buying it due to the lack of some loose change, then here is the golden opportunity.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet Beat: In lieu of the impending launch of the Beat diesel, General Motors are offering the petrol Beat with a sort of decent cash discount. On any variant of the car, one gets Rs 13,000 cash discount.

Fiat

Fiat Punto: The Italian car maker is leaving no stone unturned in the quest for reviving its sagging fortunes. Just last month, we had reported that the company was offering free insurance on all the Fiat Punto models. As of February, they have stopped the same and are now offering flat cash discount of Rs 10,000 on all the variants.

Ford

Ford Fiesta: Also awaiting a new avatar is the Ford Fiesta. Riding high on the success of its small car, Ford India are all the more eager to drop their new Fiesta in the Indian shores and for the very same reason, the company is offering discounts of Rs 70,000 on the petrol Exi version of this car. This would give the ageing saloon a fresh life before the replacement arrives.

Hyundai

Hyundai I10: The face lifted Hyundai I10 has been topping the charts for quite sometime but then advent of newer rivals mean that Hyundai has to resort to the discounts option for its car. Currently dealers in Mumbai are offering a flat cash discount of Rs 15,000 across all variants of this car whereas the exchange scheme ensures that you get additional Rs 15,000 off on this car.

Mahindra

Mahindra Xylo: The very competent MUV gets a quirky offer. If any Mahindra dealer has a 2010 model at hand, one would be entitled for a Rs 30,000 free insurance whereas if the model in question is a 2011 one, then the discount would be half meaning only Rs 15,000. If you plan on exchanging your current car at the Mahindra dealership, then you bag an additional Rs 10,000 in the form of exchange bonus. So its your luck whether you get a 2010 one or a 2011 model.

Maruti

Maruti Ritz: Maruti Suzuki India Limited are currently offering Rs 18,000 cash discount on any variant of the Maruti Ritz. The sole reason been that customers are attracted to newer offerings from rivals. Moreover, if one plans to exchange their existing car at the True Value outlet, then they can avail of an additional Rs 12,000 exchange bonus. Fantastic savings considering that the car is very good.

Mercedes

Mercedes C-Class: Close on the heels of been declared as number one in sales for the month of January, amongst luxury car makers in India, Mercedes India are offering upto Rs 50,000 cash discount on Mercedes C220 CDI as well as the Mercedes C250 CDI variants. Moreover insurance on these cars is also been offered at a discounted price. The savings from insurance amount upto Rs 30,000. So a total of Rs 80,000 in savings, if you are looking to buy a Mercedes C-Class that is.

Tata

Tata Sumo Grande: The slightly up-market work horse from Tata Motors, the Tata Sumo Grande didn’t quite cut the mustard with the UV buying public. So in a bid to give new life to this car, Tata Motors are offering Rs 15,000 cash on all the variants of this MUV. A joke been said is that the dealers are also ready to part with floor mats as well as car perfume, that is only if you are insistent enough.

Volvo Motors

Volvo S80: We know that buying a Volvo car would be the last thing on any car buyers list. But then if you belong to that 9 % who think about buying a Volvo car as the first option, then here is a good news for you. Volvo Motors are currently offering a cash discount of upto Rs 2 lakhs on their flagship car, the Volvo S80. But there is a catch to this. This discount is been offered only on the diesel variant and not on the 4.4 liter V8 turbo petrol.

That’s it for now folks. Please await for new developments till next month.

This article is regarding the discounts currently offered on Indian cars for the month of February 2011.

Maruti understands India better, Ritz enters top-10

Come this season of festivities and one sees a sudden jump in the sales of automobiles. People may choose to call it by varied names, but the Auto makers are not complaining a  bit. The car sales for the month of November were buoyed by the same festive sentiments with the top selling models across the spectrum registering new highs. But for some models the number dipped a bit compared to November which indicates the moderation in demand. Maruti Alto beat everybody’s expectation and continued to sell more than 30,000 units for the second consecutive month. But what was the shining armor in the hands of Maruti was its new car the Maruti Ritz which registered a sale of 6,377 units, beating Ford Figo and Tata Indica.

The premium hatchback segment also saw some fabulous performance with the i20 back in the top 10 with sales clocking the 7,000 mark. While at the same time the pricing strategy of Fabia has helped boost sales figure to over 9000 units. How true the adage that Indian customers are price sensitive.

In the mid-size segment, the Maruti Swift Dzire is holding its fort and remains the top-grosser with impressive sales figures of more than 10,000. It was a bitter sweet period for Volkswagen as its Vento picked up with sales of 2400, but the Polo showed a slight decline. Same was the fate with Ford’s Figo whose sales dropped from its monthly average of 6,500 units.

Among the more recent entrants, the Aria from the stable of Tata sold 225 units in November 2010 while in the same period the Hyundai Santa Fe sold 39 and the Skoda Yeti notched up a decent mark of 189 units.

In the utility vehicle segment, the Maruti Eeco had its way and reached the top-10 list for the first time, the reason may be its availability with the CNG variant. With all the happenings around can we expect our desi Tata’s to be mute spectators? You guessed it right. It has launched the new Winger platinum with a premium look and which is a spacious seven-seater van. It has been priced at Rs7, 40,000. Ex-showroom, Mumbai.