2019 will not only see the launch of a range of new cars but also will also say bye to a bunch of models. Here is the list of cars that will be discontinued in 2019a
The upcoming time will be important for the Indian automobile industry as it will serve as the transitional period to a cleaner and greener industry. The very first step is the adoption of the new BSVI emission norms and the cars that do not meet the new emission standard by the set deadline will have to be taken off the shelves. The models which, in their current form, are not likely to meet the new rules will be either reworked or discontinued. The models that stand little chance to bring enough profit to make up for the cost re-tuning the engines and introducing new safety features will be discontinued completely. Here is a list of 7 cars that won't survive for long.
1. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
One of the saddest farewell this year will be that of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The Gypsy has been the long, trusted company for the generation of off-roading lovers in India. It is also one of the oldest nameplates in Maruti's history. Launched in late 1985, the Gypsy will face the axe very soon, mostly because its 1.3-litre engine doesn’t meet the BSVI norm, and its safety is not BNVSAP-compliant either. The Indian-spec Gypsy is based on the second-gen Jimny, which means the end of the SUV could finally lead to the entry of the latest Jimny into India
Maruti Gypsy, one of the most well-loved off-roaders in India, is about to be axed.
2. Maruti Suzuki Omni
Another friend that we have to say goodbye to is the Maruti Suzuki Omni. The Omni has always been a good option as an affordable family car that can seat up to 7 people. With low maintenance cost, high fuel efficiency, and an affordable price tag, there is no wonder that the Omni has been loved and trusted for three decades. At the moment, the pricing of the Omni starts from Rs 2.72 to 3.06 lakh, which makes the van very attractive to an average Indian buyer. In fact, despite being outdated, it still sells better than many new models.
Considering that the Omni's 0.8-litre engine won't be able to meet the new BSVI emission norms and that the dated vehicle won't pass the new crash tests either, the Omni will have to be laid to rest. Furthermore, updating the Omni makes little sense as it would lead to a significant price hike. For the record, the appealing price is almost its sole selling point, and losing it might possibly make the customer lose the interest in buying one.
Maruti Suzuki Omni's discontinuation in 2019 will be sad news for many
3. Hyundai EON
Besides the two popular nameplates from Maruti, we also have a soon-to-be-discontinued model from Hyundai. It is expected that the lowest price car in Hyundai’s lineup, the Eon, will be discontinued in the coming weeks. The rumour about the discontinuation of the Eon has been around for quite a long time now but its discontinuation is obvious, especially if you look at the sales numbers of the car. In November 2018, only one unit of the small car was sold in India. Another reason for the imminent discontinuation could be the recent introduction of the Santro, which is already hogging all the limelight away from old cars like the Eon and the Grand i10. The Eon, which has been on sale since 2011, neither meets BSVI norms nor the new crash safety guidelines. Upgrading it makes little sense as the demand is quite poor.
The slow-selling Eon might not make it to the end of 2019
4. Tata Nano
At its prime time, the Tata Nano was the most-talked-about car in the country. Quite well known as the cheapest car in the world, the Nano has failed to tickle the taste buds of the budget car buyers. A reason for this could be the many safety concerns that arose after several units of the hatchback caught fire. The sales have been dismal almost since the introduction of the affordable hatchback.
As much as Tata wants to keep their well-known affordable car alive, the ill-faded Nano will have to face its end this year. Besides its low selling, the Nano is far from meeting the new emission and safety standard. Tata has officially confirmed that the manufacturing of Tata Nano will be ceased in 2019.
Tata Nano, best known as the cheapest car, will no longer in production from 2019
5. Mahindra Xylo
Mahindra Xylo went on sale over a decade ago, and ever since, it hasn’t received any significant update. The chassis of the Xylo was inherited from the first-gen Scorpio, which is nowhere near the upcoming standards. The recently launched TUV300 Plus will take the position of the Xylo in Mahindra’s product portfolio.
Mahindra will say goodbye to the old Xylo and move on with other new models
6. Mahindra NuvoSport
Mahindra recently introduced the Marazzo MPV and the Alturas G4 premium SUV. With the advent of these new models, Mahindra will not hesitate to cross out some old and non-profitable names in its product range. One such model is the NovoSport. Only one single unit of NuvoSport has been sold in the last six months. The NuvoSport sits above the TUV300, but it will be soon replaced by the Mahindra XUV300.
Mahindra NuvoSport is soon replaced by the XUV300
7. Honda Brio
The new-generation Honda Brio was introduced in the Indonesia market at the GIIAS 2018. However, Honda has confirmed that the next-gen model will not come to the Indian market. Considering only 10 units were sold in November 2019, the company won't invest in upgrading the car. Hence, let’s face it, without updates, it is impossible for the current-gen Brio to continue.
Honda Brio is excluded from Honda's future plan in India