Talked a lot about good cars of 2015. Now lets get to know about the cars that faired very badly in 2015. There were roughly about 30 launches in the year. Some have registered really good sales in Indian market while some failed to find buyers for different reasons. Here are the top three cars that were disastrous for the year 2015.
1. Datsun Go+
Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun launched affordable offering Datsun Go+ MPV on 15 January with a price tag in the range of Rs 3.79-4.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Go+ is powered by a 1.2-litre engine developing 67 bhp and peak torque of 104 Nm coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. The MPV also returns a fuel efficiency of 20.62kmpl.
However, the cheap-car image seemed to have an adverse effect on the MPV. It has got so many design elements shared with the GO that people might not really be that much interested in owning an MPV which has got underpinnings and the design elements common with a hatchback.
2. Tata Bolt
Tata Motors launched the Bolt hatchback on 22 January with a price tag . The petrol variant of Bolt gets a 1.2-litre Revotron turbo-charged engine, tuned to generate 84bhp at 5,000rpm and a torque of 140Nm of 1,750-3,500rpm. The diesel model packs a 1.3-litre Quadrajet motor that can generate 73bhp and peak torque of 190Nm.
Its similarity to the old Indica hatchback is widely regarded as the main reason for its poor sales. Discounts started right from the second month after launch, and even then Bolt failed to fetch volumes for Tata Motors.
3. Renault Lodgy
French auto-maker Renault pulled the wraps off its Lodgy in India on 9 April. Powered by a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine, which has two states of tunes — 85PS and 110PS — the Renault Lodgy MPV is available in seven variants: four in 85PS and three in 110PS.
Before launch, the MPV was considered the biggest rival of Toyota Innova. It started well, with 2,032 units sold in April. However, sales dropped after the honeymoon period and the company only sold 443 units in November 2015. The lack of a vast service network is considered as the main reason for its failure.