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Old 30th November 2015, 08:53   #46
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The growing premium hatchback- the fastest growing segment in 2015.

Now with most Indian manufacturers being present in this segment this is expected to grow further.


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A very badly misused set of words. Premium and Luxury.

With the exception of a few marques, what we in India consider to be Premium, are merely considered "normal" in a developed country.

Skoda or VW, for example are actually still considered 'functional, utilitarian and pretty run of the mill" in developed countries. However, here in India it still has a certain Premium-ness associated with it.

If we really are talking Premium Hatches, then there should be space for the Mini Cooper S, the BMW 1 Series, the VW Golf GTi, Merc A and B Class, and various Peugeots and Renault hatchbacks along with others like even the Hyundai Veloster.... sadly few of these if any, are available here in India, so we are reduced to comparing between Hyundai I20, Elite, Active, VW Polo, Baleno, Fiat and Honda and the likes...
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A very badly misused set of words. Premium and Luxury.

With the exception of a few marques, what we in India consider to be Premium, are merely considered "normal" in a developed country.
Completely agree. But the auto market in India is still evolving & maturing, along with the disposable income of Indians. Whereas it has matured and, to an extent, saturated out there in the west. To start with, owning a car out there is no big deal and majority junta own multiple vehicles in the family. Whereas here in India, buying a car is still looked upon as an aspirational purchase, even if its an entry level car like Nano or Alto. And the per-capita penetration of car ownership is amongst the lowest in the world. So it would be kinda wrong to compare.

Also, "premium" is a very subjective term. What is premium to one may be normal to many others.

But nonetheless, auto manufacturers are manipulating & misusing this word to their advantage.
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