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Newsmakers of 2017! Part 1

The year 2017 has been a mixed bag for the Indian auto industry because of some socio-economic decisions that have or have not really played out well. The cars that still did well definitely deserve a special mention and here is a list of cars which excelled in 2017!

1.Honda WR-V

Topping the sales chart for Honda, the WR-V uses the same engine as the Honda City i.e a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which is good enough for 100PS of power whereas the petrol variants get the same tried and tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine. Our market is currently witnessing a SUV favoring trend owing to which, even the sub 4 metre space is seeing a lot of demand for compact SUVs or crossovers.  WR-V offers Honda City like features, similar powertrains, SUV-ish stance and a smaller price tag because of it being under 4 metres( lesser tax slab). The combination of these 4 factors is the success mantra for the WR-V.

 

  1. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Having a Maruti on this list in not a surprise and the Indian auto giant is known to introduce the right model facelifts and updates at the perfect time. Dzire now loses the ‘Swift’ Moniker from its badging and has been burning up the sales charts ever since it has been launched. Under the hood of the new Dzire are the same tried and tested set of engines. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.2-litre K Series engine which is good enough for 82 bhp of power and 113 NM of torque whereas the diesel models get the 1.3-litre DDiS Multijet engine which is good enough for 75bhp of power along with 190 NM of torque. You also get the choice of a manual and automatic transmission now with both petrol and diesel plants. The new Dzire is based on an all-new platform and is a huge departure from the previous model in terms of aesthetics, safety and features. The Swift hatchback will be showcased/launched at the upcoming 2018 Indian Auto Expo and it will share a lot with the new Dzire.

 

  1. Toyota Fortuner

There is no denying the fact that we Indians love SUVs and when one talks about them in India, Fortuner is amongst the first names that pops out. What makes it so special? Brawny dimensions, brand reliability and relatability play a major role in Fortuners success. Fortuner is offered with two engine options in India. The diesel variants are powered by a 3.0-litre unit which is good enough for 169bhp of power along and 343 NM of torque whereas the petrol variants get a 2.7-litre unit which is good enough for 163bhp of power along with 245 NM of torque.

 

Stay tuned here for part 2 of this article!

Newsmakers of 2017! Part 1
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