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Old 16th September 2015, 22:27   #376
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Weird nobody mentioned the BEAT. Or should I say "Chevrolet" in general as a flop?
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Old 16th September 2015, 22:43   #377
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Verito Vibe, hardly saw any on the road ever. Pathetic chop job, shame since the Logan was a competent car.
Nano, got people all excited, fired up the imagination and finally delivered a micro car, which although very competent in many ways, but the cost cutting was evident, and the price quickly zoomed up way past the initial quote. The last nail in the coffin was the denials in the face of repeated fire cases. So not done.
Lodgy- never seen one on the roads. Don't know anyone who even considered it.
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I guess Nissan Evalia would top the list of recent flop cars, followed by Renault Lodgy, Scala, Mahindra-Ssangyong Rexton, Verito-Vibe, Datsun Go & Go+.

I feel that there was no genuine effort by the company in planning these cars & packaging them for India.

Only exception among the cars in which ALOT of thought & effort seemed to've been put, would be the most expensive & cheapest car of Tata Motors- the Aria & Nano.
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I may be wrong but wasnt Cielo/Nexia the same thing?
Not quite.
The Cielo with a 80 BHP was first launched in 1995 to rival Maruti's Esteem in 1995 and did initially get a lot of sales but eventually fell behind to cars such as the City, Lancer, Astra and Escort.

To match the competition, Daewoo launched the Nexia with India's first ever DOHC engine with 94 horses on top - but in the same body as the Cielo. And sadly, the car never took off.

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Around chennai, I am getting to see quite a few number of lodgys. Though not in the leagues of other chart burners, it is definitely more selling than the verito vibe and its likes. Even happened to see an evalia or AL stile once in a while. Rexton and mu-7, maybe once in 2 months in highways.

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I feel most of the cars from Renaults stable are a flop.
Koleos
Fluence
Pulse
Only Duster, Scala sell somewhat. I feel bad for the Fluence in their line up. It's a good car. But still a flop.
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Weird nobody mentioned the BEAT. Or should I say "Chevrolet" in general as a flop?
Beat sold well initially, but Chevrolet failed to update it in the wake of modern competition. I'm not sure if it can be called a flop. Outdated would be a better word.

Not the case with the Sail twins, Enjoy etc which are sales duds right from launch. Infact, the Sail twins don't even sell as much as half of their equivalent models from FIAT, which is usually considered a benchmark for low sales!
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Did I miss reading Suzuki Kizashi in this thread? That was one utter flop and sent a clear indication that Indians can't digest a 15L> Maruti car!

Also the Mahindra Quanto. I can't help but laugh when I see that vehicle on road. What was Mahindra thinking!

Chevrolet Forester
Fiat Petra
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Did I miss reading Suzuki Kizashi in this thread? That was one utter flop and sent a clear indication that Indians can't digest a 15L> Maruti car!

Also the Mahindra Quanto. I can't help but laugh when I see that vehicle on road. What was Mahindra thinking!

Chevrolet Forester
Fiat Petra
Aah, the Quanto. I called it a grown-up WagonR while it lasted on the roads.
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The Hyundai Accent 1.6 Tornado? That was a flop.

Also, the Innova Petrol. And the Indigo Petrol (not the CNG version)

The Amaze CNG, Honda City CNG, i10 LPG, all duds.


The all new Fiat Siena and the new Fiat Adventure were also flops.

The Cross Polo from VW.

The Maruti Esteem and Wagon R AX models were also made by order only.. Flopped quite miserably.
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Not quite.
The Cielo with a 80 BHP was first launched in 1995 to rival Maruti's Esteem in 1995 and did initially get a lot of sales but eventually fell behind to cars such as the City, Lancer, Astra and Escort.

To match the competition, Daewoo launched the Nexia with India's first ever DOHC engine with 94 horses on top - but in the same body as the Cielo. And sadly, the car never took off.
The Nexia also came with completely revised interiors, and was amongst the most VFM cars in its segment.
However, with the death of Daewoo, coupled with average engine/ride/handling + dated design - it was no match to the Lancer and City which were the kings back then.
We had the pleasure of owning a Nexia way back when it was just launched (ownership report on TBHP somewhere). Car was superbly reliable for our ownership period, but positioned between the more competent Ikon, Accent & Lancer, City which looked and drove much better, it's fate was sealed.
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Aria in my book qualifies as one of the biggest flops, especially viewed in the context of XUV.
Both cars were launched by their respective manufacturers at around the same time frame targeting the same segment . Both were the most expensive offering for their respective parent company and with their launch, the parent firm in each case was testing the proverbial 'uncharted waters'. And we all know what has happened since...XUV almost sells 100 times more than Aria each month.
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I believe looks did play a large part in the fall of Aria. XUV looked butch(ignoring the overdone front) and had what people would say, 'jeep look'. Aria is a..er.. I dont know what is. Wiki says its a blend of SUV, MPV and a sedan . To a lot of people, Aria looked more like a station wagon than anything else. I still remember, at the time of Aria's launch, a lot of people thought that it was the facelift version of the Marina, already a flop.
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Looks weren't the real reason why Aria failed. It was it's pricing, simply way too much for a Tata. The XUV was cheaper by a fair margin,had more gadgets and better road presence as well. Also,Tata initially offered the Aria only in Prestige variant. Also,Tata couldn't match the reputation of the Mahindra thanks to the Scorpio. The Aria should have been targeted against the Innova with better pricing and marketing then it may have done better.
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The new pricing puts the Aria below the XUV but still the XUV continues to outsell its competition. Hope the new pricing brings better fortune for the Aria.
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