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Another one for the road

The starting grid at the Great Indian Automart is becoming crowded as Renault-Nissan, Honda and Volkswagen are rumoured to be eyeing this segment.

By Namrata Dadwal | Print Edition: May 17, 2007

LEAGUE OF SMALL CARS

Maruti Alto
Engine: 796 cc, Petrol
Mileage: 15.2 kmpl
Variants: 3
Price: Rs 2.32–2.95 lakh
Maruti WagonR
Engine: 1061 cc, Petrol/LPG
Mileage: 14 kmpl
Variants: 5
Price: Rs 3.24–4.11 lakh
Maruti Zen Estilo
Engine: 1061 cc, Petrol
Mileage: 14.5 kmpl
Variants: 3
Price: Rs 3.20–3.76 lakh
Tata Indica
Engine: 1193 cc, Petrol
1405 cc, Diesel
Mileage: 13.4 kmpl (petrol) & 15 kmpl (diesel)
Variants: 10
Price: Rs 2.53–4.11 lakh
Hyundai Santro Xing
Engine: 1086 cc, Petrol
Mileage: 14.2 kmpl
Variants: 4
Price: Rs 2.70–3.78 lakh
Fiat Palio Stile
Engine: 1108 cc, Petrol
Mileage: 12.6 kmpl
Variants: 3
Price: Rs 3.50–3.90 lakh

General Motors (GM), the world’s second-largest carmaker, has added a spark to the Indian market. Its latest launch — Chevrolet Spark — is an improved version of Daewoo’s Matiz and marks GM’s entry into the A2 segment (this segment includes the Santro, Alto, Zen and Indica).

Priced at Rs 3.09 lakh (ex-Delhi) for an entry-level offering, the Spark is said to offer 14.6 km a litre.

“Spark is very refined with good performance and fuel economy. It is well built and stylish as well. The downside is a small boot and dreary interiors,” says Hormozd Sorabjee, editor, Autocar India.

Spark comes in four variants: 1.0 E, 1.0 (base), 1.0 LS and 1.0 LT. Prices peak at Rs 3.89 lakh. An optional model for 1.0 LT featuring an anti-lock braking system and alloy wheels, but dearer by Rs 35,000, is also available.

GM’s move into the A2 segment isn’t surprising. Out of the 7,52,916 passenger cars sold in India in 2006-7, the A2 segment accounted for 66%. Though growth has dipped slightly over 2005-6, it is still cruising at a healthy 12%.

The starting grid at the Great Indian Automart is becoming crowded as Renault-Nissan, Honda and Volkswagen are rumoured to be eyeing this segment. If it is true then for car buyers, it looks like one smooth ride ahead.

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