The Indian automotobile industry is one of the largest in the world. The industry has also matured to be a base for many manufacturers to export from the country. Currently, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen and Toyota are some of the leading exporters of cars they manufacture in India, according to the Hindustan Times.
Some of the 'made in India' cars which are a hit in international markets got a lukewarm response when they were launched in the country. In fact, some of these hot-selling cars are either not at all sold in India or have been discontinued from the domestic market. We have compiled seven such cars that are successful abroad.
Volkswagen Vento - Mexico
The Volkswagen Vento is not a super successful car for Volkswagen in comparison to its rivals in India. However, it is the fourth largest selling car in Mexico. The Volkswagen Mexico found 45,814 customers for Vento during 2014-15. All the cars were made at Volkswagen's Pune facility in left-hand driven format.
Nissan March (Micra) - Mexico
The Nissan Micra is not a hot seller for the Japanese company in India. The scene in Mexico is completely different. The Micra hatchback is the fifth-largest selling car in Mexico and its export outnumbers domestic sales (in India). The Micra, which is called Marsh in Mexico, is powered by 1.6-litre petrol engine available in four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission. The Marsh is made at the Renault-Nissan facility in Chennai.
Ford Figo - South Africa
Ford just launched the all new Figo in India in September. The previous Figo, which was also a highly successful model for Ford India, is also exported to South Africa. The Figo is a volume driver for Ford South Africa and is in the list of 10 top-selling cars. The Figo sold in South Africa comes in 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines mated to five-speed manual transmission. The cars imported to South Africa are made at Ford India's Chennai facility.
Ford EcoSport – South Africa
Another Ford model which is successful in India and abroad is the Ford EcoSport. The compact SUV is also in the list of 10 top-selling cars of South Africa. Similar to Indian engine line-up, the South African model is powered by 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines mated to five speed manual transmission. The compact SUVs are exported to South Africa from Ford India's Chennai manufacturing unit.
Toyota Etios – South Africa
The Etios range includes Liva hatchback, Etios Sedan and Etios Cross, developed for India, has been successful for Toyota in South Africa. The entire range comes in 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to five-speed manual transmission. The cars are exported from Toyota Kirlosar Motor's manufacturing facility in Bangalore.
Chevrolet Spark GT (Beat) – Chile, Mexico
Chevrolet India's Beat is sold in the Chilean market as the Spark GT where it is one of the top five best-selling cars. The Spark GT is sold in 1.2litre petrol engine mated to five-speed manual transmission. A new batch of cars from General Motor's Talegaon factory in Maharashtra has been shipped to Mexico on 1 September and sales are expected to commence from December 2015.
Hyundai Accent – Algeria
The Hyundai Accent was discontinued from the Indian market long back. However the sedan is still manufactured at Hyundai Motors India Ltd's Chennai plant and exported to Algeria, where it is the second largest selling car. The car is sold in 1.5-litre petrol engine that develops 90bhp and 116Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual transmission and in automatic as per the order received.