Back in 1999, when the Accent was first introduced in India, there were few sedans of any worth in the market. Its two direct competitors were the Maruti Esteem and Daewoo Cielo. A little further up we had the Opel Astra, Ford Escort and Honda City. But one had to pay through your nose to get them. Further up, there was the Ford Mondeo that was to be joined later by the Opel Vectra. And then you had a couple of Mercs to round off the three box segment. Read more

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It’s been out in the market for a good 16 months and generally that is enough to decide whether a car has hit the bull’s eye or not. The Toyota Etios though, is a curious case. Read more

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Due to the low cost of living standards and even lower penetration of cars, India has never been a large market for big sedans and saloons. Read more

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The face of Honda in India, the City, has been a perennial target for aspiring carmakers in India for well over a decade. It again finds itself attacked by not one or two but four major competitors, only this time around it seems it will give way and Honda’s last bastion will fall. Even then, City ruled the market like few others and there may not be an encore ever. Read more

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