2016 saw a lot happening in the Indian automobile industry. The 2016 Auto Expo in February 2016 saw more than seventy new launches and unveilings, setting the ball rolling. The year also saw its share of revamped versions hitting the market. Though of course, not all won the customers’ hearts. Though it was tough to choose just 5 cars that made hearts race, we did it, just for you. The 5 superhits of 2016, in our opinion, in no particular order, are:
Toyota Innova Crysta: To improve on a successful model is often impossible, but Toyota’s MPV, Innova Crysta did that with great aplomb. With top of line features, two new engines, sleeker looks, improved, stylish interiors and a horde of safety features, the Crysta surpassed the earlier Innova in both appearance and performance.
Available in both manual and automated versions, the launch of the petrol variant of this premium model only added to its desirability and the Crysta is expected to retain its demand in 2017 too.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: ‘The 2016 Indian Car of the Year’. And why not? The first sub-compact SUV wholly designed and developed in India, its USPs are the superb quality of ride, fuel efficiency, pricing and performance.
The comfort and safety features, the attractive floating roof design and the trusted Maruti brand name, all made the Brezza a deserving winner of both the NDTV Subcompact SUV of the year and the CNB Viewers’ Choice Car of the Year.
Tata Tiago: This hatchback from Tata with futuristic, ultra-modern looks, extremely competitive price, radical driving dynamics and superb mileage was spot on when it hit the markets in April 2016. Roomy, well-done interiors, dual airbags, ABS, sat-nav system in top end variants, and a starting price of Rs 3.20 lacs was #Fantastico for auto lovers in the country.
Renault Kwid (1.0 and AMT): One of the fastest growing hatchbacks, the Renault Kwid is threatening Maruti’s supremacy in the small car segment. With stylish exteriors and features, good power and reasonable fuel efficiency, the Kwid is value for money, combining utility with roomy interiors. Good ground clearance is another plus, especially on Indian roads.
The launch of the 1.0 L version and the more efficient AMT version with its rotary dial as also its impressive turnover of more than a lakh, has got this newbie a place on our list.
Skoda Superb: The feature laden, third generation Superb on the Volkswagen MQB platform is a winner not just because of its looks. The full-size sedan, available in both diesel and petrol variants, with both manual and automatic gears, with chic exteriors and luxe interiors, is an affordable luxury car.
State of art security and safety features, comfortable, convenient and stylish interiors, ease of handling and powerful performance in both variants put the Skoda Superb way ahead of its competitors.
That was our Top 5 Hits of 2016. If you have another one for the list, do let us at Truebil know. Also watch this space for the Top 5 Misses of 2016.
2017 is set to see a plethora of offerings in all segments. So, keep your eyes glued for our ‘The 7 New Cars to Look Forward To in 2017.’ Coming soon on the Truebil blog.