New Car Launches in Nepal for 2011

Thankfully, the new Nepal Sarkar budget for the fiscal year 2011/12 did not raise taxes for cars after 16 years of continuous taxes increases in some way or the other. Just as well, since cars were getting to be exorbitantly out of reach of the general Nepali. The Nepalese car industry, one of the biggest contributors to the government revenue, has had a much needed respite and is planning on some new launches to attract customers in the coming months. Read on for some of the new car models hitting the streets soon…


Toyota Etios and Fortuner

The Toyota Etios hatchback was launched in December 2010 in India. United Traders Syndicate (UTS), the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles for Nepal is bringing in this vehicle to the Nepali roads soon. Toyota-etios-livi-in-nepal

Etios Liva is an entry level Japanese hatchback and the approximate price of the vehicle has not yet been declared by the company. The base model retails for 5 lakhs in the Indian market, so we think it should start from about 22 lakhs in Nepal, going up to 30 lakhs and beyond. The car will be coming from India as Toyota, with a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group which invested IRS 51.2 billion to set up its second manufacturing facility in India for the production of Etios to make it economic and suitable for the Indian sub-continent market. The car is manufactured for roads conditions that are suitable for Nepal and India.

Etios is also available in a sedan version.

UTS is also planning to bring in a new model of Toyota Fortuner in near future, but the date for release has not been fixed yet.

 

Hyundai Elantra

The fifth generation Elantra (badged as ‘Avante’ in some markets) is coming to the Nepali market in September. With its sleek lines, the Elantra will be a much appreciated addition to the car choices in Nepal. Styling, power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features of this car have been all upgraded in comparison to that of the fourth generation.

The new Elantra will have features that are not found in other compact sedans. Safety escort headlamps that remain turned on for 30 seconds after the driver leaves the car, a cluster ionizer system that purifies the air and deodorizes harmful gases by generating cluster ions, an auto defogging system, heated rear seats and rear parking assistance sensors are some of the high tech features for this release. Besides these comforts, the car also has advanced safety features, namely -- VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), which helps vehicles stay in a stable position, is applied for the first time in its class, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and a six-airbag system.

No tentative price has been announced for the new Hyundai Elantra in Nepal.


Volkswagen Polo, Vento, Golf and Jetta

Polo, a hatchback and Vento, an economic sedan will feature in the Volkswagen stable that currently sells Passat, Passat CC, Touareg and Tiguan. Not to forget the distinctive Beetle, of course. According to Pooja International, the authorized distributor of Volkswagen vehicles for Nepal, these models will be introduced to the Nepali roads in September. Polo will be available in three different variants – train line, comfort line and high line. Polo will cost below Rs 25 lakhs and Vento will be slightly above Rs 28 lakhs.

Apart from these, Golf, a high end hatchback and the highest selling car from Volkswagen worldwide, will also be coming to the market in September itself. The hatchback will cost about Rs 40 lakhs in Nepal. Along with that, an upgraded version of Jetta is also going to be available during the same time. The older version of the car is no more available in the market as the company is waiting for the new model.   


Nissan Micra

Nissan also plans to launch the Micra in the Nepali market by the end of 2011. This hatchback will be a competitor to the highest selling hatchbacks in town. Nissan Micra is assembled in India and will cost in between Rs 22 lakhs to Rs 26 lakhs. The diesel variant of the Micra will soon follow the petrol variant.


Honda Brio

Honda-Brio-in NepalNot to be left behind, Syakar Company is also unveiling a new model – the Honda Brio. Honda Brio, with a 1.2 liter petrol engine, will cost about Rs 22 lakhs in Nepal. This model is supposed to be launched before Dasain, followed by other variants of the Brio in the future. The Brio will have all the usual features of a full option car, namely power windows, power steering, air conditioner, key less entry, central locking, anti-lock braking system, electronic braking system and airbags along with many other features.

 

 

 

So there you have it. A host of new Japanese and German cars are coming to Nepal, with prices that will give the current best sellers a tough run for their money. We’d definitely like to see cars becoming more affordable in the future, and looking forward to better service in the after sales department as well. With the competition heating up, hopefully this dream will soon be fulfilled.

As always, choose wisely.


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