As the nation celebrates its 72th Independence Day today, we remember the made-in-India cars that have helped increase our status as an automotive manufacturing hub in the world. Here's a list of cars that are not only successful in India but also in global markets.
Renault Kwid - With the Kwid hatchback, Renault has been marking its strong presence in the highly competitive entry level hatchback segment. Within few months of its launch, the small car registered massive 1 lakh bookings with waiting period of over 6-8 months. The company claims to have achieved over 98 per cent localisation, which helped them price this vehicle aggressively. Manufactured at Renault-Nissan Alliance's Chennai based plant, the Renault Kwid has been exported to several international markets including Brazil.
Maruti Baleno – The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one of the Made-in-India cars that are exported to the several global markets. Interestingly, it the first car exported to Suzuki’s home country (Japan). In fiscal year 2016-17, the Indian arm of Suzuki Motor Corp contributed to over 51 percent of the company’s global production and about 53.65 percent to its global sales. Retailed via premium Nexa dealerships, the Baleno recently crossed four lakh sales milestone in the country.
Volkswagen Vento - Although this car failed to live up to the company's expectations in India, but the made-in-India car is the fourth largest selling car in Mexico. The company is exporting India made cars to select international markets including Mexico. All the cars are being made locally at Volkswagen's production plant in Pune.
Ford EcoSport - The Ecosprt has been one of the most popular compact SUVs in India. This mini SUV helped Ford regain its lost share in the Indian market. Locally manufactured, the EcoSport was the most exported car from India in financial year 2017-18. The company exported 90,599 units of the 'made in India' EcoSport to select international markets between April 2017 to March 2018. The SUV accounted export growth of 13.91 percent.
Hyundai Creta - Hyundai has been exporting most of its cars from India to international markets, and the Creta SUV is one of them. This compact SUV has received excellent response in India as well as globally. The company has already started exporting the Creta to few international markets. Hyundai officials have recently announced that the made in India Creta will be exported to 92 markets in near future.
Hyundai Grand i10 - The Hyundai Grand i10, known as i10 in global markets, became an instant hit in the market and is currently the top-selling car for the company. This small hatch played an important role in Hyundai's successful export business. In FY 2016, the Korean automaker exported 44,000 units of the Grand i10 to international markets.
Ford Figo - The new generation Figo made its entry into the Indian market in September 2015. Soon after its domestic launch, Ford India started exporting the small hatch to international markets including South Africa. The new Figo has received excellent response from buyers, and entered the list of 10 top-selling cars in the African market.
Nissan Micra - Like the Vento, the Micra hatchback too failed to generate volumes for the maker in India. However, the export model is doing really well for the company. In the fiscal year 2015-16, the Micra became the second most exported car from India. The small car is being developed at Nissan-Renault Alliance's manufacturing unit in Chennai, and is exported to more than 100 countries.