It’s Official: Hyundai Discontinues Accent In India

There was a time when the looks of Hyundai Accent would give in a good blow to the top notch names of C Class segment. As launched in 1999, and since 14 years from then, Hyundai feels that Accent is now an old school feel, hence discontinuing it is the better solution, which the officials at Korean organization have taken right now.  As said in the statement, a senior official of Korean carmaker claims, “We will be launching our small car both in petrol and diesel variants. The move to phase out Accent is taken in that direction.” Here we can conclude that, the upcoming i10 maybe its correct strategic answer.

As expected from the spy shots, new generation i10 will fill in the gaps between i20 and i10, also capable enough to carry the responsibility for a brand new family that will include a sub 4 meter sedan, maybe a MPV, and some other cool assortments at a near future.

Getting back to a year before Y2k we came to know that Santro and Accent initiated the trendsetting legacy for Hyundai on Indian shores. It was all continued till 2006, and when the Koreans slipped in Verna in the market, the downside of Accent just started peeping in from the corner sales. Then many tits and bits took place within the organization in favor of Verna, which now finally ended with the discontinuation of Accent.

Hyundai India discontinues Accent
As can be smelled from the burns, Hyundai will roll out new bug very soon. It is tempting to share the space with Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift, which the duos are doing very well for the their organization, breaking records and all, whilst of making the new one too.

Not much to say in the context but we can conclude, Maruti Esteem will now heave a sigh of relief, and also the used segment of Honda City on an important note.

3 Entry Level Sedans to Buy in Used Car Segment: Part 2

Entry level sedans have been in strong demand in our country, mostly due to its mass youth appeal and a lot of space inside, inclusive of a cool boot space behind it too. Well, that’s an excitement of a complete true sedan underneath the hoods of a small bonk. Though whatever it maybe we have already discussed in our previous part and now it is the time to divulge the next three names, which are vying in our mind to get out as soon as possible.

Maruti SX4:

Maruti had cashed in cool figures on the SX4 badging and thus it is a favorite horse of this Indian carmaker, being loaded with hot-riding powerful technical specifications and a lot more of excitement stored under the hoods, it is India’s favorite buddy, as is less on maintenance part and offers lower running cost, quite even below the average than other makes. We suggest top end variant – Zxi Petrol for the optimum results. As we are already informed with the bits that diesel is the preference of maximum buyers, but petrol powerplant of this bug is something extraordinary at this pre-owned pricing range. Hence, the peppy ride is guaranteed every time you when you take it out on tarmac. Suggested model: 2007-09.

Maruti SX4

Ford Ikon:

We know that many of us would not agree with the recommendation of this model plate and hence we thought of giving it a shot for this series. As actual, Ford Ikon is really an Icon, needs lot of expenditure to be showered on it for maintenance and all, but trust us it is one of the most rugged and solid piece of metal in our local pre-owned industry which is available in modern avatar till date. To my personal experience, I had witnessed many of the riches, who owns around a big construction house and are a well known face of fashion/glamour industry, , but they  posses this same make, and are even using it very generously, that too without shying away. We think, it is a most adored vehicle in the upper segment of society and therefore knowledgeable person always values it very precisely. Let us tell you, it boasts petrol options of 1.3 and 1.6 liter, whilst of 1.4 and 1.8 liter diesel, where oil burning jag sounds interesting isn’t it. Keep your excitement level down, we had kept trying hard to find diesel in an impressive condition for us but failed to get a one. Don’t try to running after the 1.8L because it is a rare piece here and most of them are not in good condition as well, but if one finds it in pristine form then our suggestion is not to look for the price tag on it. Petrol tends to be going easy in the search spree, if one needs power in economical mode then diesel is a convenient option.

Ford Ikon

Hyundai Accent:

Hyundai is known for the mass appeal in its product and to be factual it may soon going to take the leading charge from Maruti, but that doesn’t seems to be the surfacing truth about this brand because the Indian carmaker is pinned very seriously underneath our blood, and for this Korean it will take a long way to reach that spot. Well, nothing is impossible in this world, and so this foreign automaker decided to trace its path in bit different manner, hence the new fluidic designs and other such advancements are its outcome. Lest of all, we are here for discussing Korean “Accent” in Indian form, which is still trying to find a way out on Indian tarmac. On an exclusive note, many would say that it is not a cool choice to buy in the range, and yes we too also say the same. You must be wondering then why we had posted it here in this list. Accent is made available in both petrol as well as diesel variant, out of which gasoline’s mileage is such bad, that we don’t suggest giving it even a shot at least. The return of 9kmpl in city had ruined our facial geography, whereas on contradiction diesel trim had stood like an obedient student and reverted back with whopping 14kmpl in city and 20kmpl on highway. There lies a lot of maintenance work underneath Accent pinning, so do have the best options available. Don’t try to compromise on this trait otherwise you will land up with something more of cash flow instead of saving spree. Hopefully, it is only good for the mileage, which we had termed it as “Superb” for a so called economical ride.

Hyundai Accent

Top ten selling used/second hand cars in India – Part 2

Last week, I had piled up a list of the top ten selling used cars in India however that list included only 5 second hand cars. Here I am again with the remaining 5, completing the list of ten cars. Now ten cars would be a small figure keeping in mind the fact that there are approximately 5000 used cars sold each day in India. However out of these 5000 cars, majority of the cars are from the list that I have compiled. Only about 5 percent of the cars sold would be outside this majority. And those 5 percent would include the likes of the Mitsubishi Lancer, Tata Indigo and some Corolla, Octavia sprinklings.

Honda City :

Ever since the time the Honda City debuted in the Indian market, it has been a runaway hit. Only recently the Volkswagen Vento has been giving it a tough fight. Its bullet proof engine coupled with the low maintenance tag have ensured that this sedan remains the top pick amongst the second hand car buyers. Its reliability quotient however brings in high resale prices and this means that a second hand Honda City from the first generation Hyper 16 engine series would be available for Rs 2 lakhs plus. A recent 2008 model would cost about Rs 7-8 lakhs. High fuel efficiency as also comfortable seats and spacious boot ensure that this car retains its value even when you intend to sell it.

Hyundai Accent :

The Hyundai Accent just like the Honda City has been a runaway success from the time it was launched. However it doesn’t hold its value as good as the Honda. Accent’s interiors are hard wearing plus there is less trouble with its electricals. Decent fuel economy coupled with comfortable seating arrangement ensures that this Hyundai is a hit in the used car market. On top of it, there was a diesel engine under the hood as well. Resale prices for a used Hyundai Accent would range around the Rs 1.6 lakhs mark to the Rs 2.4 lakhs mark.

Maruti Esteem :

Since the time it was discontinued in early 2008, the Maruti Esteem has seen some heavy depreciation in its resale value. While the earlier Esteems had high resale values, as of now, after it was discontinued, a second hand Maruti Esteem would cost around Rs 2.3 lakhs for a 2008 model. Well, my CEO gifted one to his nephew recently. Esteems are known for their cheap to fix parts and reliable engine. Moreover, Esteems also carry around the Maruti tag which means fuel efficiency would be its forte. It is a tuners favorite with its easy to fix engine components and performance capabilities in the light shell.

Maruti Baleno :

The Baleno was a victim of bad brand publicity plus the excessive price tag that it carried at the time of its launch. It had a gem of an engine plus spacious interiors. However the interior plastic quality was nothing to speak about while the car itself was one of the solidly built Maruti cars around. It was pretty much fuel efficient and was reliable enough. Nowadays these cars are available at dirt cheap prices. A used Maruti Baleno can be yours for only Rs 2.8 lakhs and this would be for the fully loaded VXi variant with alloy wheels as also the bells and whistles.

Mahindra Scorpio :

The Mahindra Scorpio is a tempting deal in a used car market. Imagine a fully blooded SUV available at Rs 4.73 lakhs. An automatic Scorpio from the recent batch would cost a good Rs 8.33-9.21 lakhs. But it is well worth the money. A used Scorpio is reasonably fuel efficient and spacious. Plus add that big bad brute SUV image and you cannot go wrong with this one. Avoid the earlier batch Scorpios as they are prone to mechanical failures as also electrical problems. Choose one from the post 2006 batch.

So that was a list of 5 cars which are highly revered in the second hand car market. Not only do they retain their value over the years but they have also made an indelible impression in the minds of the Indian public.