Cars expected to be launched by Diwali

Every year auto industry picks up a huge sales figure during the festive season of October.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2012, 16:18 PM IST

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: Every year auto industry picks up a huge sales figure during the festive season of October. Car manufacturers aim to cash in on new cars and new variants of existing models this time of the year.

Let’s check out which cars would hit Indian roads this Diwali.

Maruti Suzuki M800: Despite having a turbulent year for Maruti Suzuki, the company plans to launch a refreshed version of its all-time hit car 800cc.

Although this will be an 800cc car, technologically it will be more advanced than the existing two 800cc models. It'll be more fuel efficient, and hence will also be more expensive than M800 and Alto, reports said.

As per the company's official website, the price of M800 varies between Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 2.30 lakh, while that of Alto stands at Rs 2.40-3.43 lakh. A 1,000cc variant of the Alto is priced at Rs 3.14-3.31 lakh. All the prices are for ex-showroom, Delhi.

Mahindra Reva and Quanto: We can expect two cars to be launched pre-Diwali from the house of Mahindras. The company is planning to roll out its NXR electric car Reva by September end. According to reports Reva can run 160 km with a single charge. According to reports, the price of Reva is speculated at around Rs 4 lakh.

Similarly, Mahindra Quanto SUV (mini-Xylo) is expected to be launched in the second half of September this year. Quanto is based on the Xylo platform and will be a sub 4-metre SUV. It will have a three-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine producing 65PS. The SUV is expected to come with a price tag starting at Rs 5 lakh.

Tata Safari Storme: Safari Storme was unveiled at the Auto Expo this year and it is expected to hit Indian roads by the end of September. Storme is based on the same platform as the Aria MPV and shares nothing with the current Safari, except for the 2.2-litre diesel engine. The SUV will be available in two as well as four-wheel-drive versions. Tata is expected to price the vehicle at around Rs 10 lakh.

Honda Brio Diesel: Honda is reportedly planning to launch its diesel variant of its popular hatchback car Brio before Diwali. Honda for some reason has stayed away from developing a diesel car. So if Brio gets a diesel variant than it will be first diesel car from Honda’s stable. Brio will most likely be powered by a 1.2 liter i-DTEC power plant. Price of the car is still unknown.