The Indian market has seen many comings and goings of cars over the years. The reasons for this range from a successor carrying an entirely new name to models being removed due to lack of sales or changing regulations. However, there are some names that have stood the test of time and are still marketed today.
Let’s take a look at the longest nameplate in continuous use.
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class – introduced in India in 1995
Yes, the oldest nameplate still sold in India is Mercedes. The E-Class began its journey into Mercedes’ passenger car segment with his W124 arriving in 1995. In 1998 he was replaced by the W210 and Mercedes hasn’t looked back since. The company currently offers a vast portfolio of models spanning hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs and performance vehicles, with the E-Class being a longtime bestseller.
- Honda City – introduced in 1998
The Honda City has been sold in India for five generations, with the first model appearing in 1998. The original made a name for itself and Honda in the market, especially with his VTEC engine that was happy with its revs. Later generations also became Honda hot sellers.
The current Citi is the 5th generation in India globally, while the same car is the 7th generation Citi.
- Multi Wagon R – launched in 1999
Maruti’s tall hatchback was first launched in India in 1999 and is still available today. The Wagon R’s strength lies in its hatchback design, which maximizes interior space within a limited footprint. This model has gone through multiple iterations since it was first introduced. The latest hatchback is the strongest iteration to date.
- Multi Alto – Introduced in 2000
The Alto was hoped to replace the iconic Maruti 800, but both cars were sold together for several years until the latter eventually retired from service. The Alto continued to dominate the Indian market in the years that followed, with over 4 million units sold, making it one of the best-selling cars on the market.
- Mahindra Bolero – Introduced in 2000
Rough and tough, the Bolero arrived in India in 2000 and continues to be sold today. The rugged body-on-frame SUV has undergone numerous updates over the course of over a year, from new and updated engines to shrinking in size to less than four meters, but it remains Mahindra’s best-selling SUV in the country. is maintained. Bolero not only worked in the passenger car arena, but also spawned multiple pickups targeted at commercial and lifestyle buyers.
The Santro first debuted in 1998 and was on sale until 2014 before it was withdrawn from the market. A model that was quietly removed from Hyundai’s lineup and failed to match the popularity of the original, it was relaunched in a new generation in 2018.
The Safari was born in the late 1990s as Tata’s big, beefy ladder-framed SUV. Over the years, Safari has seen several iterations, from his 3.0-liter diesel-powered Safari Dicor to the Safari Storme, which marks the end of a ladder-frame SUV by 2020. But the SUV he’s back for 2021, this time with the front wheels. I drive a monocoque SUV.
Although not released to the public, the Storme survived as a military-only SUV.
Scorpio was introduced in 2002 and has been making a name for itself in the market for many years. Over the years, the SUV has received many updates, from new diesel engines to platform updates and most recently an all-new model, his Scorpio-N.