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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

By Manoj Kumawat

Best small cars to choose this festival season

With the onset of the festive season in the country, automakers are planning to leave no stone unturned in luring the buyers with exciting festive promotions and discounts backed by new car launches. The market conditions in the country have been on a sluggish note owing to the constraints mushroomed in the form of high fuel costs, mounting interest rates, rising input costs, surging import duties along with dwindling value of domestic currency in the foreign exchange market. India, being one of the highest potential markets for small cars, is anticipated to witness robust boost in demand especially in mass market small car segment lead by these car models:-


Maruti Alto 800 Pictures
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Maruti Alto 800

The all new Maruti Alto 800 launched today and it seems it has already been looked upon a sales pooler. Alto 800 is offered in India in three petrol and three CNG variants. The bold and boxy exteriors of the Alto 800 are available in six enticing colours matched with upbeat interiors. The petrol variant of the model gives a mileage of around 22.74 kmpl while the CNG variant offers around 30.46 kmkg. The starting price of the Maruti Alto 800 falls in the range of Rs. 2.44 lakh to Rs. 3.56 lakh.

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Hyundai Eon

The trendy and uber cool rendition of an entry level hatchback, Hyundai EON is currently offered in petrol and LPG variants. The car is designed to provide class leading fuel economy with great on road performance along with spacious interiors. Both the petrol and LPG variants boast the 814 cc engine on the heart churning out a top power of 56 PS and a top torque of 76.5 Nm. Priced around Rs 2.74 lakh to Rs 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Hyundai Eon proves to be a great value for money.

Ford Figo Pictures

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Ford Figo

The elegantly suave looking compact hatchback, Ford Figo has been sculpted to offer high performance with low maintenance and high fuel economy. The five-seater with ample interior and boot space is available in petrol and diesel power trains. While the petrol variant incorporates 1.2 litre Duratec engine (generating top power and torque of 71 PS and 102 Nm), the diesel variant is loaded with 1.4 litre Duratorq (churning out a peak power and torque of 69 PS and 160 Nm). The price structure of Ford Figo has been designed to fall between Rs. 3.81 lakh to Rs. 5.94 lakh. The upgraded version of the car was launch on 15th October, to further capitalize on the high demand during this festive season.


Chevrolet Beat Pictures

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Chevrolet Beat

The compact hatchback from Chevrolet’s stable is endowed with aggressive stance, cutting edge fuel efficacy along with availability of a varied range of petrol, diesel and LPG variants. The petrol and LPG models of Chevrolet Beat are powered with 1.2L engine outpouring a top power of 79 PS and a top torque of 108 Nm. On the other hand, the highly demanded diesel variant embodies 1.0L diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 62.5 PS and a maximum torque of 160.26 Nm. All the Beat variants are designed to offer highest possible fuel economy whether on city roads or highways and are tagged with a competitive price of Rs. 3.73 lakh to Rs. 5.70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)


Honda Brio Pictures

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Honda Brio

The fiercely competitive small car in this mass market segment, Honda Brio has been compensating for the car maker’s lack of diesel model in Indian portfolio. The trendily styled, chic small car is available in petrol version only combined with class leading interiors and impressively designed exteriors. With 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine, the power generated equivalents to 88 PS along with a top torque of 109 Nm. The fuel efficacy has been gauged as offering 14.5 km per liter and 18.4 km per liter in city roads and on highways, respectively. Featured with a range of contemporary features, Brio has been aptly priced between Rs. 4.05 lakh to Rs. 5.23 lakh.

Maruti Swift Pictures

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Maruti Swift

One of the hottest selling hatchbacks in the country, Maruti Swift has been ruling the segment owing to its scintillatingly sculpted body structure, leading edge interiors, high fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs. Powered with 1.2 litre K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre Fiat sourced diesel engines, the top power and torque produced is equal to 87 PS and 114 Nm for the petrol version and 75 PS and 190 Nm for the diesel version. Even the fuel economy offered by the diesel and petrol power trains is 14.5 km per liter and 19 km per liter, respectively on city roads and 18.6 km per liter and 22.9 km per liter, respectively on highways. With inclusion of varied safety attributes and infotainment features, Swift hatchback is offered at a competitive price of Rs. 4.44 lakh to Rs. 6.76 lakh.

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