In this article, we have compiled 20 cars which have been discontinued in India but are still very popular with the auto buyers. Read on to discover.
The Indian auto industry has become one of the largest markets in the world. For the past few years, new models are being launched almost every month. However, some cars launched years ago, refuse to die. Even though their production has been shelved, they are still common sights on the roads. Here are 20 such cars which have been discontinued but still remain popular.
The Maruti SX4 was launched in 2007 as the first premium sedan from Maruti-Suzuki for the Indian market. Thanks to its spacious cabin and decent ride quality, the SX4 was popular with customers for a long time. Its popularity faded only once it was faced with severe competition from the new-gen Honda City, which still remains one of the most popular sedans in India till date. Despite being discontinued a while back, the SX4 is still favoured by many Indian car users today.
Maruti Gypsy used to be the car of choice for the Indian armed forces and the police. It was also the most reasonably-priced, true-blue SUV in India and was powered by a gasoline burner. The lightweight Gypsy is also a popular off-roader in India. Now, you can still catch sight of many Gypsy's which have either been thoroughly customized or in complete stock condition. They are so popular, Gypsy's still hold their value well and command a premium in the second-hand car market.
The Maruti 800 was the first entry-level FWD hatchback in the Indian auto market. It maintained its position of the best-selling car in India for a long time before being substituted by the Maruti Alto. Nowadays, it is not difficult to catch a glimpse of Maruti 800s running around our roads. Some of them are even well-maintained examples.
Maruti Wagon R
Launched right after the Hyundai Santro, to become one of the Hyundai hatchback’s direct rivals, the Maruti Wagon R was the first tall-boy hatchback in India. Despite being replaced by a brand-new model earlier this year, the outgoing model of the vehicle can still be easily seen on the roads today.
Due to the stringent safety standards, the Maruti Omni was finally discontinued in India after 35 years of production. Sold in the Indian markets in numerous forms, the Omni was popular in all of them. Being a value-for-money workhorse, it was also well-known for its roomy cabin. Even today, the vehicle is still a quite common sight on the Indian roads and refuses to die out.
First launched in 1999, the Hyundai Accent became a very popular sedan in the Indian auto market by 2005. Throughout the years, the sedan has experienced plenty of alterations. The last version of the vehicle, the Accent Executive received its power from a 1.5-litre gasoline burner which delivered 94 BHP. Nowadays, the Accent is still popular and is a common sight on the roads.
The Hyundai Verna has been present in the market for quite some time now and the moniker is still in production. Thanks to its wide range of features and raw power, the Verna was very popular with the Indian auto buyers. The older model of the vehicle is still easily seen on Indian roads.
The Hyundai Santro helped the Indian automaker take its first steps into the Indian auto market, eventually becaming a true competitor against the ever-so-popular Maruti 800. Although the vehicle was eventually discontinued due to the intense collocation, many of the old-gen models can still be caught wandering around various parts of India. Last year, the hatchback came back to the Indian auto market with a more modern appearance, a longer list of features and a new set of engines.
Having been on sale in the Indian market for over 20 years, the Honda City is a very popular mid-size sedan with the Indian auto buyers and has asserted its position on the sales chart for quite some time. The Honda City is so well-known for its classiness that the old version of the sedan is still very popular on Indian roads. Particularly, the dolphin version which can be frequently spotted around India.
The Honda Accord was the first premium sedan from the Japanese automaker for India. Nowadays, there are still many well-maintained Honda Accords which can be easily sighted on Indian roads. The current-gen version of the Accord is its most advanced version yet but is also the most expensive, retailing at a price tag of more than Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Toyota Innova was launched as a substitute for the Toyota Qualis in the Indian auto market. At first, the Innova was not as warmly welcomed by the Indian auto buyers as the Qualis but then its sales gradually increased and remained one of the best-sellers in the MPV segment. Being an extremely comfortable vehicle which is reliable enough to operate well even after lakhs of kilometres on the odo. It is fair to say, the old-gen Toyota Innova is still common on Indian roads.
The first-gen Toyota Fortuner was introduced to the Indian market after the Ford Endeavour, and soon became the best-seller in its segment. Since then, it has managed to secure its position over and over again. Even now, the previous-gen Fortuner with its rugged look can still be easily spotted on Indian roads. They are extremely popular with the off-roading enthusiasts in India.
Being the most reasonably-priced sedan from Toyota Motors, the pre-facelifted Toyota Etios soon became an extremely popular vehicle in the Indian market, especially among taxi fleet owners owing to their dependability and reliability. The current version of the Toyota Etios now has an updated exterior design but the previous one is still very common on Indian roads.
On-sale in the Indian auto market for quite some time now, the Toyota Corolla used to be the best-seller in the sedan segment for a long time. Thanks to its solid build quality and reliable motors, it is not difficult to spot many first-gen Corrolla units on the roads nowadays. Like other Toyota models, buyers were infatuated by its dependability and comfort.
First launched in 2000, the Mahindra Bolero is still available in the Indian auto market albeit with minor alterations. Being a solidly built MPV, the vehicle is still common in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities. With its high ground clearance and rugged lead-spring suspension, the Bolero is meant to tackled bad roads and under load. The perfect recipe for a people carrier in remote parts of the country.
Mahindra Scorpio is a popular SUV in the Indian auto market, especially amongst off-roading enthusiasts. Being available in India for quite some time, the vehicle is now in its fourth-generation iteration which was introduced in 2017. First launched in 2002, the outgoing models of the vehicle are still popular with the mass Indian auto buyers.
The Tata Sumo is a favourite vehicle of Indian auto buyers in small towns and villages. The car has gained popularity for the sole fact that it is able to run as a dependable people carrier for many years and after a hard day's work, can even be easily repaired at many locations around the country. For taxi fleet owners, this ensured a short downtime.
The Tata Safari has long been known as India’s first affordable premium SUV. After almost a two-decade long presence in the Indian auto market, it was finally discontinued in 2017. The Safari used to be so popular in India that it was chosen as official vehicles for many politicians. Nowadays, there are still plenty of Tata Safaries which can be seen on Indian roads.
The Tata Nano was the most reasonably-priced vehicle in the world. However, due to the ‘cheap’ price tag of the car, few people were willing to give the car a try. The Tata Nano is a FWD vehicle which is quite fun to drive and was intended to be an ideal city car. Despite being discontinued a long time ago, the car is still very popular on Indian roads.
Launched in India in 2003, the Ford Endeavour took on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner in India and became well-known for its full-size appearance and robust build quality. Nowadays, you can still spot many first-generation Ford Endeavour SUVs which can still be spotted pottering around Indian roads.