2019 may be drawing to a close but it’s been one heck of an interesting year for car sales in India. One of the world’s most rampant markets for automobiles, there’s usually never any dearth of excitement in one of those markets in Asia where rising competition among existing brands and new entrants are but a common sight.
There were exciting developments in 2019 in India which the auto lovers kept track of the car trends in Google. This was a year where on the one hand, the country was taking initial but vital steps toward waking up to the electric revolution- the dominant discourse of our times- and on the other hand, the likes of Maruti Suzuki, Renault, Tata Motors and Kia Motors were busy absorbing the challenges to cater to a surge in new offerings in the market.
But that said, which were the names that featured among the ‘most google searched‘ cars in 2019? And to that effect, which brands found themselves running out of flavor where the consumer searches on the online world stood?
Let’s try and find out about the most searched cars in 2019:
10) Toyota Glanza
A result of a one-of-a-kind partnership between Toyota and Maruti- a kind of an alliance you don’t hear of every day- the Glanza was the very first result of two giant automakers coming together: Toyota and Maruti Suzuki. The Glanza, a shared product, functions on the same BS6 petrol (including the 1.2-liter Dual-jet mild-hybrid engine) powertrain that was introduced in 2019.
The Glanza is competing against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the upcoming Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and the Volkswagen Polo.
9) Hyundai Grand i10 and Grand i10 Nios
The Hyundai i10 has been one of the best selling cars of the Korean carmaker. The Grand i10’s successor is the Grand i10 Nios which was launched in the second half of 2019. The i10 Nios is a more premium offering with an updated styling of its predecessor which is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The i10 Grand is very much in sale in case you are looking for a more economical option.
8)The Renault Triber
Among the most intriguing and widely received offerings from the dependable French carmaker, the Triber, an MPV crossover is a niche offering in the Indian market. Among the big and very unlike Renault offerings of the Triber is its 7-seater comfort, the car being a spacious offering for ferrying luggage. Providing 625 liters of boot space, the standout feature of the INR 4.95 lakh-6.63 lakh car is the modular seating layout that gives a sense of freedom to the owner to customize the seating layout for varied purposes. Among the newly launched cars this year, the Triber was undoubtedly among the most searched cars in 2019. And it succeeded soon enough upon its launch, selling around 18,000 units since the August-launch.
7) Honda Civic
Another wagon that featured among the most searched cars in 2019 was the facelifted version of the 10th generation Honda Civic, priced between INR 17.94 lakhs- 22.3 Lakhs.
Truth be told, given its widespread popularity and general inclination of the end-user toward the popular Honda offering, it’s hardly a surprise that the sedan got featured among the most searched cars in 2019.
The car recognized as among the best-sellers in its premium sedan segment has an enticing offer for those who are willing to buy the new version, thanks to a Rs 2.5 lakh discount.
6) Kia Seltos
If 2019 could be known through the successes of certain cars in particular, then it won’t be incorrect to name the Seltos, launched only recently in that respect.
It was primarily down to the popularity of the Seltos- a car available in two trims, the GT Line and the Tech line-that Kia motors quickly spiraled into becoming the fourth largest automotive manufacturer in the country.
The Premium Compact SUV attracted a lot of attention for its sporty and dynamic look as well as its features, such as the dashboard having a connected layout for the instrument cluster and that 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. A car that comes with a smart air-purifier- something we haven’t heard of in too many features- along with the head-up display and 6 airbags, the Seltos thrilled as much as it became a joyride of sorts, the carmaker confirmed up to 60,000 bookings in the period until November.
5) Mahindra XUV 300
The latest compact SUV from the house of Mahindra, the XUV 300 shares the underpinnings of the Ssangyong Tivoli but looks sharper and stylish than it’s Korean sibling. The XUV 300 is available in both petrol and diesel variants; the car is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. The XUV 300 also was raced by the Mahindra Adventure rally team with its famed pilot Gaurav Gill in the Indian National Rally Championship.
4) MG Hector
The first-ever offering from the house of Morris Garages, the MG Hector SUV was inarguably, among the most talked-about car in all of 2019 and hence, it’s hardly a surprise that the 2019-launch made it to the Google list of the most searched cars in this year.
So sharp was the rise in the number of bookings both before and immediately after the June-launch that MG had to actually temporarily stop taking orders.
A competitive offering in a segment where there’s already stiff competition among the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, and Jeep Compass, the Hector SUV is a technically sound and powerful car( 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and 2.0-liter diesel engine) that offers a plethora of captivating features such as a 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof, a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an eSIM and connected car technology- a facet that hitherto wasn’t common among cars.
3) Toyota Fortuner
One of the most preferred and trusted SUV from Toyota, the Fortuner was searched more times on Google then the Innova! It is available with a 2.8 litre and a 3.0 litre diesel engine. The Fortuner’s main rivals in the market are the Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X and the Honda CR-V.
2) Hyundai Venue
The Hyundai Venue is one of the most selling compact SUV in the market today. The Venue is available with three engine options, petrol, diesel, and turbocharged petrol. The Venue’s competitive pricing with modern looks and luxury probably made it the second most Googled car in India in 2019.
1 Maruti Baleno
The second-generation Maruti Baleno was an instant hit among the masses who had an option of buying a little more luxurious sedan than it’s super successful sibling the Maruti Swift. No wonder the Maruti Baleno was the most searched car on Google in India; the car is also one of the highest-selling cars under the Nexa dealerships of Maruti.
The Baleno was one of the first cars to get a BS6 upgraded petrol and diesel engines. The sports edition, the Baleno RS which came with the turbocharged petrol motor will not be available with a BS6 upgrade.
Which was your favorite car among 10 most Googled or Top 10 most searched cars on Google in 2019? Leave your answers in the comments below.