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Top 10 Automobiles (Passenger Vehicle) Companies in India by market share are as follows

Maruti Suzuki ( 37% Market Share): Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL, formerly Maruti Udyog Limited) is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan. Maruti Suzuki is a leading manufacturer of passenger vehicles in India. Lovingly referred to as the people’s car maker; over the past three decades Maruti Suzuki has changed the way people in India commute and travel.

Hyundai Motors India Limited (14.4% Market Share): Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. It currently markets eight passenger car models across segments — in the A2 segment it has the Eon, Santro, i10 and the i20, in the A3 segment the Accent and the Verna, in the A5 segment Sonata and in the SUV segment the Santa Fe.

Tata Motors(13.1% Market Share): Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobilecompany, with consolidated revenues of INR 1,65,654 crores (USD 32.5 billion) in 2011-12. It is the leader in commercial vehicles in each segment, and among the top three in passenger vehicles with winning products in the compact, midsize car and utility vehicle segments. It is the world’s fourth largest truck and bus manufacturer.

Mahindra & Mahindra (11.4% Market Share): In 1947, Mahindra & Mahindra introduced India to the utility vehicle.  More than 65 years later, It is still India’s premier utility vehicle (UV) company. In addition to making groundbreaking UVs like the Scorpio and Bolero, Mahindra offers cars, pickups, and commercial vehicles that are rugged, reliable, environmentally friendly, and fuel-efficient.

Toyota (6.4% Market Share): Since its inception in India in 1997, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has witnessed a steady growth in the Indian automotive market and is today more than ready to seize the enormous opportunity India offers. Toyota’s newly built second plant is a testimony to this commitment and also, the start of a new era for Toyota in India.

General Motors (3.3% Market Share): General Motors India Private Limited is a 50:50 partnership between General Motors and SAIC that is engaged in the automobile business in India. It is the 6th largest automobile manufacturing company in India. General Motors India started its journey in 1996  and has completed 16 years of operation in India.

Ford (3.2% Market Share): Established in 1995, Ford India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader. Ford India manufactures and distributes automobiles and engines made at its modern integrated manufacturing facilities at Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai. The company’s models include the Endeavour, Fiesta and the Figo.

Honda (2.9% Market Share): Honda Cars India Ltd., (HCIL) is a leading manufacturer of premium cars in India. The company was established in 1995 with a commitment to provide Honda’s latest passenger car models and technologies, to the Indian customers. The company is a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan.

Volkswagen (2.4% Market Share): With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra (India), the Volkswagen Group is represented by three brands in India: Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. The Volkswagen Group is completing 10 years of its India journey which began with the entry of the Skoda brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market.
Nissan ( 1.5% Market Share):
 Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL), a 100% subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., was incorporated in 2005 with a vision of ‘Enriching People’s Lives’ through latest Nissan Technology and products. In India, Nissan offers innovative and exciting products across hatchback, sports, SUV and sedan segments. Nissan has successful introduced two locally-produced models in India in less than two years – Micra & Sunny.

New Ford Ka concept surfaces

Posted: November 13, 2013 in News, Reviews
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The Ford EcoSport might be keeping the American carmaker’s cash counters busy, but that doesn’t mean Ford is not planning further products for the near future. Today, a few pictures of Ford’s next-gen Ka concept, a car that, up until now, has been a mainland Europe model only, surfaced on the interweb.

Though details are scarce, we can assure you that the new model will come to India by late next year. What makes the Ka special is the B562 platform underpinning it. This heavily-modified Fiesta platform will also spawn a bunch of new models that will replace the ageing Fords (Fiesta Classic, Figo) in India, and other developing markets.

The new Ka’s design is inspired by Ford’s latest Kinetic 2.0 design theme. Though Ford is calling it a concept, except for the flashy headlights, the model looks production-ready. The design language has been toned down to keep Asian tastes and preferences in mind, though.

With this platform, Ford will also be launching a new line of engines. These will not be a part of the EcoBoost engine family, but an all-new engine family to keep up with tightening emission norms.

So, the new Ka – hot or not?

 

No, wait, we’ve not gone crazy. Sure, one of the cars that you see here is a hatchback and the other an SUV. So why are they in this comparo? Because despite the difference in body type, both have a few things in common. First is size. Both are just about four metres long.

Even with that, the i20’s cabin is a bit cramped and the high window line makes the rear passengers feel claustrophobic. As for boot space, the i20’s measures 295 litres while the EcoSport can take in 346 litres of luggage.

While the i20 loses out on space, it has the upper hand when it comes to creature comforts. Both these cars get Bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, keyless entry, steering-mounted controls and climate control, among other features, but the i20 also gets a reversing camera and a cooled glove compartment.

Like the EcoSport, the i20 rides well over bad roads, but the EcoSport’s 200mm of ground clearance means it’ll not scrape its underside while going over those bad roads.

In the handling department, the i20 is no star. The steering is light, which helps in city driving, but lacks any kind of feel at high speeds. The soft suspension setup results in a lot of pitching and rolling.

Like the EcoSport, the i20 gets lots of engine and gearbox options. For now, the 1.4-litre oil burner is pegged against the EcoSport. This engine churns out a good 89bhp and 220Nm of spin. The figures are not the problem here. The problem is the way it puts this power down to the road. The blower comes into play only at 2,000rpm and the power band ends at 4,000 revs. After which there’s only noise and no power.

 

To make sure you stay in the meaty end of the power band, you need to keep shifting through the six-speed manual gearbox. Luckily, the shifts are smooth and precise. If you shift right, the i20 can be quite quick – as proven by the 11.91sec that it takes to 100kph. And it’s efficient too. It goes 13.3kpl in the city and 16.2kpl on the highway. But even with that, it’s half a kilometre less than the EcoSport.

Secondly, what’s also common between the two cars is the pricing – the i20 diesel starts at Rs 8.09 lakh, and if you go for all the features, it’ll cost you Rs 9.31 lakh (all prices on-road, Mumbai).

With such similar pricing and size, you may want to look at the EcoSport before you go to the Hyundai dealership. And as you work on your decision, you’ll find the EcoSport makes more sense, with its higher ground clearance and extra space adding to practicality, despite lacking a couple of features, which you wouldn’t mind.

Hyundai i20 CRDi
Price: Rs 9.31 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Engine: 1,396cc, 4cyl, turbo-diesel
Power: 89bhp
Torque: 220Nm
Gearbox: 6M
0-100kph: 11.91sec
Mileage: 14.7 (overall) 
TopGear Rating: 6/10

Ford EcoSport 1.5 diesel
Price: Rs 11.12 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Engine: 1,498cc, 4cyl, turbo-diesel
Power: 90bhp
Torque: 204Nm
Gearbox: 5M
0-100kph: 13.24sec
Mileage: 15.1 kpl (overall)
TopGear Rating: 8/10