Indian Automotive Market is one of the largest car markets in the world. Many companies are partnering with Indian brands to bring their vehicles to the country. Various brands like Toyota, Suzuki have been successful by partnering with Indian brands. Other brands like Hyundai, Honda, etc. are also enjoying the taste of success in the Indian Automotive Market.
However, not all popular foreign cars and brands have been successful. There are some models which are popular in other countries but failed in the Indian Market. Due to various reasons, these models couldn’t enjoy the joy of success that their other cousins enjoyed. Let’s take a look:-
1. Ford Mondeo
In the Indian market, Ford Launched the second-gen Ford Mondeo. It was a 4.7 meters long executive sedan. The car also features in the movie ‘Baghban’. The Ford guy shouts on Amitabh Bacchan, “If you couldn’t afford the car, why did you take the test drive?” Well, that speaks for itself. The main problem behind the failure of the Ford Mondeo was its pricing. Being a CBU, it was expensive in comparison with its rivals. Also, other companies were reputed to provide premium products. It seems that being ahead of its time didn’t work quite well with Mondeo.
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2. Toyota Corolla
Please hear me fans !! There is no argument about Corolla’s excellent design and reliability as it is a Toyota model. Corolla being the top-selling car in the world shows exactly how well-built it is. However, the no-nonsense D-segment sedan didn’t sell exactly well in the Indian market. It was discontinued in early 2020. It seems that the demand for SUVs has killed a good sedan.
3. Mitsubishi Cedia
Just like its legend brother aka the Lancer; Cedia was also a performance-oriented sedan. It had a 2.0-litre petrol engine that generated 115 HP and 175 Nm of torque. It was a feature-packed product. Sadly, the only Mitsubishi product that gained popularity in India (after Lancer) is the Pajero. Still, you can spot a Cedia on Indian Roads many times.
4. Honda Accord
Another Fan-Favorite car on the list is the Honda Accord. It has been on sale for 54 years and spans 10 generations, from which only 4 came to India. The luxury executive sedan was quite popular in India. It has been the rival of other cars from the segment like Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla. But due to the increasing price of every generation, people began to lose interest. The latest generation Accord Hybrid was priced at Rs. 38-40 Lakh, which is quite a premium price to pay for a sedan. In the Indian market, people are looking for the Value for money car. This made honda discontinue the sedan.
5. Skoda Fabia
A prime example of a company ruining its own good product. The internationally successful Skoda Fabia turned into a flop in the Indian market. The Czech manufacturer positioned itself as a luxury car manufacturer in the market, and that’s where things started to go south. Skoda used to lose Rs. 1.5 Lakh on each Fabia unit sold. The questionable Skoda service and high service cost made people ignore the model. The massive losses and less demand made Skoda pull the plug. Skoda has launched the next-gen Skoda Fabia globally but has no intentions to launch the model in India due to no demand.
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Sources: Edtimes, Motorbeam, Financialexpress, Gomechanic, Motoroids, Indianauto, Motoroctane