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We run down the UK s favourite cars of 2014: here are the top 10 best-selling cars of the year

At Auto Express we test every new car that goes on sale in the UK but ultimately it’s you, the car buying public, who are the final arbitors of whether a car succeeds or fails. The top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2014 were all success stories in their own right. Scroll down the page for the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders list in full.

Of course, some small-volume cars, like sports cars or dedicated off-roaders, won’t sell as many units in a year as these ten top bestsellers do in a single month. They have different targets but it’s still all about sales in the end: each car maker obviously wants to sell as many of each model it makes as it possibly can.

Supercars, luxury saloons and large SUVs are missing from the top 10 – the buying public in the UK was clearly very fond of hatchbacks and superminis  in 2014. The spread of cars included a few other bodystyles, though.

With the usual superminis and family hatchbacks supplemented by a city car. crossover SUVs and a premium hatchback, the top 10 bestsellers reflect both the increasingly diversified product ranges offered by manufacturers and the UK public’s broadening tastes.

The top 10 best-selling cars in 2014

1. Ford Fiesta – 131,254  registrations in 2014

The leading car in the supermini segment, Ford’s Fiesta was also the top-selling car in the UK. Ford’s finest manages to tick the practicality and economy boxes that are so crucial for any small car but it’s also a blast to drive, whether you opt for the entry-level version or the Fiesta ST hot hatch.

Alongside the Fiesta, the Focus is the powerhouse of the Ford range. It’s big enough to cope with the demands of family life but sufficiently compact to keep running costs to a minimum. As we’ve come to expect from modern Fords, the driving experience is first class and the Focus is about to get a styling refresh that should enhance its appeal further.

The new Vauxhall Corsa  is the best yet, offering plenty of practicality, quality and low running costs without a high price tag. It’s the closest yet to the Fiesta in terms of driving enjoyment, too. That’s clearly a winning formula: it was the third-highest-selling car in 2014.

The Volkswagen Golf is a thoroughly impressive family hatchback. It has a high quality feel that none of its mainstream rivals can match and the potential to pinch sales from premium hatches in the class above. Brilliantly-judged suspension, high-tech turbocharged engines and that classy VW image all count in its favour.

Vauxhall’s long-time rival for the Ford Focus continues to hold its place in the sales charts. The Astra  is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class with attractive styling that’s shown-off best by the coupe-like GTC versions.

We have the Qashqai  to thank for kick-starting the current crossover SUV boom. By taking compact 4×4 looks and high-riding practicality then marrying the to the polished driving dynamics of a conventional car, the Qashqai has proved a sales sensation for Nissan. The second-generation model launched in 2013.

The Polo  is, to all intents and purposes, the junior Golf and it mirrors the qualities of its big brother in the smaller supermini segment. Despite its compact dimensions, the Polo has that highly prized ‘big car feel’ in spades. It’s pricier than its direct rivals but that doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers.

The Audi A3  uses the same platform and many of the same engines as the Volkswagen Golf but flexes its premium brand muscles to command higher prices. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working, however, because the A3 has muscled its way into the top 10 best sellers in the country.

Fiat hasn’t been having the best of times recently but the 500 city car is a big, retro ray of light for the company. Such is the 500’s sales success that Fiat has expanded the family to include MPVs and hot Abarth versions. It might not be the most technically adept city car but people just love the way it looks.


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The truck or pickup truck, to differentiate it from commercial cargo haulers, shares its roots with the most famous of all cars – the Ford Model T. It is a famous auto-lore how Henry Ford modified one of his Model T cars to make it into a truck by removing the top part of the back part and putting a flat base there for cargo. Henry Ford named this his Ford T Runabout with Pickup Body and its debut was in 1925. The Ford Pickup became very popular very quickly with all kinds of small businessmen from builders to farmers using this new revolutionary vehicle. Within 10 years, Ford had already sold well over 2.5m pickups prompting other manufacturers to quickly design and launch pickup designs of their own.

These days there are many different types of commercially available trucks ranging in size from the compact to the full and even super size truck. Compact pickups tend to dominate the truck market and surprisingly, given the very American roots of the pickup truck, the main manufacturers were and still are Japanese with the first ones introduced by Nissan and Toyota. American manufacturers have typically dominated the large truck sector of the market with the high horsepower high torque trucks generally commonplace in the more rural parts of the USA and Canada. These ‘power’ trucks are generally not very commonplace outside of the American continent as their huge size makes them impractical for most of Europe and the Far East.

There has been a dramatic shift in the construction of trucks over the last two decades largely driven by the growing popularity of the SUV sector of the market. The rise of the SUV initially ate into some of the market with many of them offering similar levels of power and the same kind of specialized equipment such as front winches. In addition to having many of the same benefits of a truck, the SUV was much more comfortable. As a result, truck manufacturers responded by starting to increase the level of luxury in their higher end models and included many of the same gadgets found in their Sedan lines.

Most modern pickups now include options for a larger cab so that the pickup can also be used as a comfortable family vehicle, have a variety of different interior designs including leather upholstery, and feature most of the common extras such as air conditioning, top quality sound systems and satellite navigation which has allowed the truck industry to reclaim much of the ground lost initially to SUVs.

The key modern manufacturers in the compact pickup range are still the Japanese with the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma dominating in this area. In the full truck size, the American manufacturers still reign supreme with the Ford 150 and 350 the most popular followed by the Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500. There have also been some improvements in the fuel economy of modern trucks although most of the larger ones still struggle to get to 15mpg.


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Modern-day muscle cars of 2014

Muscle cars are part of an enduring high-speed American subculture that originated in the 1960s. But the era is far from over, and modern-day muscle cars for 2014 are making their debuts in showrooms at this very moment.

Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book. provided his list of classic muscle cars in April. Today, CNBC.com presents his list of muscle cars for 2014, and what consumers can expect to pay for them.

“When it comes to American muscle cars they sure don’t make them like they used to. they make them much better,” he said. “With engines capable of producing between 400 and 650 horsepower, and zero-to-60 times approaching 3 seconds, the modern American performance car could chew the original 1960s versions into tiny bits of bias-ply rubber, and that’s in a straight line. Throw in some turns and hard braking and your classic American muscle car offers as much control and precision as a napalm blast.”

That’s quite an endorsement, but can these new vehicles really compare with the classics that Brauer ran down for us six months ago? Read CNBC.com’s list of top modern-day muscle cars to find out.

By Daniel Bukszpan

Updated 25 Oct. 2013

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The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn t changed all that much from the models in the 60 s. It s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4 s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40 s hot rod, it doesn t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

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We run down the UK s favourite cars of 2014: here are the top 10 best-selling cars of the year

At Auto Express we test every new car that goes on sale in the UK but ultimately it’s you, the car buying public, who are the final arbitors of whether a car succeeds or fails. The top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2014 were all success stories in their own right. Scroll down the page for the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders list in full.

Of course, some small-volume cars, like sports cars or dedicated off-roaders, won’t sell as many units in a year as these ten top bestsellers do in a single month. They have different targets but it’s still all about sales in the end: each car maker obviously wants to sell as many of each model it makes as it possibly can.

Supercars, luxury saloons and large SUVs are missing from the top 10 – the buying public in the UK was clearly very fond of hatchbacks and superminis  in 2014. The spread of cars included a few other bodystyles, though.

With the usual superminis and family hatchbacks supplemented by a city car. crossover SUVs and a premium hatchback, the top 10 bestsellers reflect both the increasingly diversified product ranges offered by manufacturers and the UK public’s broadening tastes.

The top 10 best-selling cars in 2014

1. Ford Fiesta – 131,254  registrations in 2014

The leading car in the supermini segment, Ford’s Fiesta was also the top-selling car in the UK. Ford’s finest manages to tick the practicality and economy boxes that are so crucial for any small car but it’s also a blast to drive, whether you opt for the entry-level version or the Fiesta ST hot hatch.

Alongside the Fiesta, the Focus is the powerhouse of the Ford range. It’s big enough to cope with the demands of family life but sufficiently compact to keep running costs to a minimum. As we’ve come to expect from modern Fords, the driving experience is first class and the Focus is about to get a styling refresh that should enhance its appeal further.

The new Vauxhall Corsa  is the best yet, offering plenty of practicality, quality and low running costs without a high price tag. It’s the closest yet to the Fiesta in terms of driving enjoyment, too. That’s clearly a winning formula: it was the third-highest-selling car in 2014.

The Volkswagen Golf is a thoroughly impressive family hatchback. It has a high quality feel that none of its mainstream rivals can match and the potential to pinch sales from premium hatches in the class above. Brilliantly-judged suspension, high-tech turbocharged engines and that classy VW image all count in its favour.

Vauxhall’s long-time rival for the Ford Focus continues to hold its place in the sales charts. The Astra  is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class with attractive styling that’s shown-off best by the coupe-like GTC versions.

We have the Qashqai  to thank for kick-starting the current crossover SUV boom. By taking compact 4×4 looks and high-riding practicality then marrying the to the polished driving dynamics of a conventional car, the Qashqai has proved a sales sensation for Nissan. The second-generation model launched in 2013.

The Polo  is, to all intents and purposes, the junior Golf and it mirrors the qualities of its big brother in the smaller supermini segment. Despite its compact dimensions, the Polo has that highly prized ‘big car feel’ in spades. It’s pricier than its direct rivals but that doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers.

The Audi A3  uses the same platform and many of the same engines as the Volkswagen Golf but flexes its premium brand muscles to command higher prices. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working, however, because the A3 has muscled its way into the top 10 best sellers in the country.

Fiat hasn’t been having the best of times recently but the 500 city car is a big, retro ray of light for the company. Such is the 500’s sales success that Fiat has expanded the family to include MPVs and hot Abarth versions. It might not be the most technically adept city car but people just love the way it looks.


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With the need to save money increasing daily, many motorists need to look into whether they are prepared to pay for a new car, or settle for a used car. And of course there’s the question of arranging a car loan and finding good car insurance.

Fortunately, Review Centre is on hand to help. Our car review pages are dedicated to a huge range of makes and models, ranging from new car reviews for vehicles like the latest BMW X6, as well as second hand car reviews for almost anything from Audi to Vauxhall. So if you are still trying to decide which car to test drive, or what car to hire, then our consumer written car reviews will help you make that all-important decision a little bit easier.

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Six New Plug-In Electric Cars Coming For 2014

BMW i3 Coupe concept

This is an exciting time for electric car enthusiasts. From just a handful of choices only a few years ago, buyers in some states now have access to as many as a dozen different plug-in vehicles.

It’s set to get even better–over the course of the next few years, another six electric vehicles are on the way. Here’s our full run-down of the most important plug-in vehicles debuting over the next year.

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car isn’t just important, it’s exciting too–and it’s nice to be able to say that about a new electric car.

BMW has explored electric vehicles before with thorough testing programs–significantly, the MINI E and BMW ActiveE electric vehicles–and that knowledge is helping develop the i3, a compact car based on a dedicated platform. A range-extended model will also be available, to quell those with range anxiety.

It’s high-tech too, with a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) unibody, and the i3’s minimalist innards are trimmed in sustainable materials. It’s all very futuristic, yet as tasteful and considered as any internally-combusting BMW.

And if the i3 isn’t exciting enough, the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will arrive shortly after.

2014 Cadillac ELR

Back when Chevy launched the Volt range-extended electric car, it promised the Voltec powertrain would appear in other vehicles.

Well, this is the first “other vehicle” it’s appearing in–the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Behind the sharp-suited Cadillac styling is a thoroughly modern drivetrain, utilizing the same 1.4-liter gasoline engine as the Volt, and a similar electric drivetrain.

We say “similar” because to suit the Caddy’s upmarket status, ELR drivers do get a little more power and torque than their Volt counterparts. They also get two fewer doors, turning the ELR into a sleek and distinctive coupe. Electric range stays the same though, at around 35 miles. Deliveries should begin early 2014.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Initially, we suspected the Chevy Spark EV to be one of the small but growing range of “compliance cars”–electric vehicles designed and built solely to meet California’s requirements for electric vehicle sales.

Thankfully, that isn’t the case–Chevrolet is actually rather serious about the Spark EV, and as well as making it available beyond just west coast markets, they’ve thoroughly re-engineered the gasoline Spark for its new electric powertrain.

The styling differences are subtle–some blue paint here, a Volt-style grille there–but under the skin it’s a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. A 110 kW (130 horsepower) electric motor gives it far more shove than the gasoline model, and its 400 pounds-feet torque output matches that of a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar.

The Spark EV will go on sale in several U.S. markets, as well as Canada, South Korea and Europe. U.S. pricing starts at under $32,500, pre-incentives.


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Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Sedans

By Jeff Youngs, May 14, 2014

Every year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners, asking them about what has gone right, what has gone wrong, what they like, and what they dislike about their vehicles. The information is used to measure a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. Based on the company’s initial quality and vehicle dependability data, J.D. Power predicts how reliable new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be in the future.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated, non-luxury sedans (and a few 5-door hatchbacks) in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Though redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Impala is expected to continue to offer the same level of dependability as the previous model. This new 2014 Impala is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, each powered by a choice between a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Much roomier than the previous model, the 2014 Impala features advanced safety and infotainment technologies, too.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Just one year after a complete redesign for 2013. Chevrolet re-boots the Malibu midsize sedan, installing a new standard 4-cylinder engine, repackaging the interior for greater comfort, massaging the underpinnings to improve ride and handling, and offering new safety and infotainment technologies. The 2014 Malibu continues in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.

2014 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is not a traditional sedan. Instead, it is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with an electric motor. Plug it in to recharge the battery and enjoy nearly 40 miles of pure electric range. When the battery reaches a minimal state of charge, an onboard generator that runs on gasoline fires up to extend driving range. This unique setup allows a Volt driver to travel the average daily commuting distance using electricity, or to travel non-stop across the country on gasoline.

2014 Honda Accord

For 2014, the popular Honda Accord midsize sedan adds a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain that can be upgraded to plug-in hybrid status. Both versions continuously cycle between EV Drive mode, Hybrid Drive mode, and Engine Drive mode to best match power output with driving conditions, and with the plug-in hybrid the Accord can travel approximately 13 miles on electricity alone, according to Honda. The Accord Hybrid is rated to get 47 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

2014 Honda Civic

Honda refreshes its popular Civic Sedan for the second year in a row. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) improves fuel economy for the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, and all but the LX now feature a new touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-in. display and next-generation connectivity technology and services. New safety and convenience items debut, too, and the racy Civic Si gains a bit more power in addition to bigger wheels and tires.

2014 Toyota Avalon

Toyota makes few changes to its full-size Avalon sedan, which was redesigned for the 2013 model year. A reversing camera is standard for 2014, and a couple of lighting changes are new. That means the 2014 Avalon continues in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited trim levels, each equipped with a standard V-6 engine. A gas-electric hybrid powertrain is optional, and the EPA says it will get 40 mpg.

2014 Toyota Camry

When shopping for a 2014 Toyota Camry, buyers should be aware that a mid-year update to the car’s underlying structure improved crash-test performance. That means it may be wise to look for a 2014.5 model, which also gains a standard reversing camera and can be upgraded with the latest version of Toyota’s Entune infotainment technology. The only other news for this year’s Camry relates to the new SE Sport trim level, which adds bigger wheels, a sunroof, and more; and a limited run of SE Hybrid models .

2014 Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Corolla is completely redesigned, featuring what Toyota calls “expressive, chiseled” styling, a roomier interior, and a new LE Eco version that adds power while improving fuel economy. It joins a lineup comprised of L, LE, and S trim levels, the latter equipped with sportier visual cues. Standard equipment for every version includes LED headlights.

2014 Toyota Prius

Reliable, affordable, and able to get 50 mpg according to the EPA, the 2014 Prius is also practical thanks to its 5-door hatchback design. Plus, this high-mileage, gas-electric hybrid is available with a Toyota Racing Development package that adds forged aluminum wheels, low-profile tires, and suspension modifications designed to make it more fun around corners.

2014 Toyota Yaris

First off, let’s clarify that we’re talking about a 3-door and 5-door hatchback here. The Yaris is no longer offered as a sedan. Secondly, aside from adding standard daytime running lights for 2014, there are no changes to the 2014 Yaris. That means L, LE, and sporty SE versions continue, each equipped with a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a total of 9 air bags.


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2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T

Although Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO can boast that 75 percent of all diesel-powered cars sold in America wear the VW crest, the really big volume in the mid-size-sedan segment comes from four-cylinder gasoline engines—more than four out of five Camry. Accord. and Altima models, and all Sonatas and Fusions. pack gas-fired four-holers. Despite investing big in a new U.S. assembly plant and refocusing the Passat as a larger, value-oriented proposition, the VW mid-sizer hasn’t counted a mainstream gas four among its powertrain choices for a while. That changes for 2014.

New Base Engine

This year, a 1.8-liter turbo four replaces the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five as the new base engine (the TDI and V-6 Passats will still be offered). The transformation begins with the line-topping SEL Premium and will eventually expand to cover the S, SE, and Wolfsburg Edition trims later in the year. The force-fed 1.8-liter is the same Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder that finds its way into Golfs and Jettas for 2014. The engine features a thin-wall crankcase and fewer counterweights for reduced mass, as well as smaller main bearings and reduced oil pressure to minimize friction. The exhaust manifold is integral to the cylinder head to allow the engine to warm up more quickly, and the turbo is smaller and spools up faster.

We drove a well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Premium automatic. Even though the Passat is several hundred pounds heavier than the Jetta, the 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque move the mid-size sedan smartly enough, with something near half-throttle summoning the turbine for duty. Telling is the torque curve of the 1.8T, which rises quickly to mesa from 1500 rpm to near the 6200-rpm horsepower peak. Contrast that to the peaks and valleys of the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, which proffers its 177 lb-ft of max torque at a relatively rev-happy 4250 and its 170 horsepower peak at 5700, making for a narrow sweet spot.

Ready to Rumble

The fuel-economy-optimized calibration of the six-speed torque-converter automatic keeps the Passat at low revs in the upper gears when cruising, during which there’s much less rumbly powertrain noise than in the Jetta 1.8T we recently drove. We’ll attribute that to more soundproofing and the fact that the engine doesn’t stay at 1200 rpm very long if road load increases. Climb even a slight grade or barely breathe on the throttle, and the automatic transmission downshifts, banishing the rumbling sound. Of course, you can use your own gearbox programming by tipping through the gears manually or by simply opting for a Passat with a five-speed manual—yes, the car will still be available with a stick even after the 1.8T completes its creep across the lineup.

One side benefit of the switch from inline-five to turbo inline-four is less weight on the nose. The current Passat is a former comparison-test champ ; although it subsequently fell to three newer cars, it remains excellent to drive. Hustle the big, roomy sedan down a twisty back road, and you’ll appreciate its balanced handling, good body control, and capable brakes. Segueing to 1.8T also means shifting from hydraulic to electrically boosted power steering, a fuel-economy move that usually means some loss in feedback, but VW has maintained most of the previous system’s low friction and linear feel.

Midyear, VW will introduce a Passat Sport model with a long list of cosmetic baubles. The full rundown: a black roof, black mirror caps, a special Urano Gray color, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, aluminum pedal caps, sport seats, stainless-steel kick plates, paddle shifters, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. No word yet if a sport suspension or other performance upgrades are also a part of Sport content.

Casting a Wider Car-Net

VW is also introducing an OnStar-like connectivity system dubbed Car-Net. After a six-month free trial, the Verizon-based system will be available across all 2014 model lines at $199 a year for the full suite of services. Accessed via overhead buttons, Car-Net’s skill set includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, manual emergency calling, and live destination assist. Additionally, a number of other services such as remote door unlocking, service appointment scheduling, family guardian speed alert, and others can be selected via an iOS app (an Android-based app will debut later).

The most significant item of note for most shoppers, however, is likely to be the improvement in EPA fuel-economy ratings—the 1.8T is up 2 mpg city and 3 mpg highway over those of last year’s base 2.5-liter engine. At 34–35 mpg highway, the Passat 1.8T still doesn’t match highway-label leaders such as the Nissan Altima, Mazda 6. and Ford Fusion 1.6 EcoBoost, but it’s in the hunt. Taken with its improved manners and drivability, the volume Passat now finds itself in a position to snag more mid-size market share.


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New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014

By Vikas Yogi | Mar 26, 2014

With new cars coming every now-and-then, competition in the Indian automobile industry is getting fierce and Maruti Suzuki India, being the biggest market shareholder, is on everyone’s target. Maruti’s current market share has fallen over the years owing to stiff competition and maturing purchase decisions of the consumers. It is now close to 50% while it used to be 70% at its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Hyundai is one company that affected the sales of Maruti Suzuki, and in a sense became a threat for MSI. The reason why I said Hyundai is a threat for MSI is because of the exceptional sales performance shown by the Korean automotive giant in a relatively short span of time. Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1996 and rolled out its first product – the much-famous Santro – in 1998 and soon became the country’s second largest carmaker. Today it is the biggest passenger vehicle exporter in India. Now, when manufacturers like Honda and Ford, too, have joined the race against Maruti Suzuki India and are launching impressive products, while expanding their touch-points in India at the same time, it has become more of a necessity for MSI to bring in new cars and facelift some of its top-selling products. So, to keep enjoying the Numero Uno position, Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring in several new and refreshed products in next two years. This year we’ll see the facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire and the brand new Maruti Ciaz, while the XA Alpha based compact SUV and SX4 S-Cross will enter the market in 2015.

In this article, I’ll talk about the products that MSI will launch this year.

2014 Maruti Swift facelift

Already launched in markets like Japan and parts of Europe, the Swift facelift will hit the Indian shores in the second half of 2014. While the overall design of the car will remain almost similar to the existing model, new L-shaped LEDs, revised fog lamps and bumper with silver detailing will give it a refreshed face. The top-end variant of the car might have 16-inch alloy wheels as an option, while the non-alloy wheel variants might be offered with new wheel covers. The company might also launch the 2014 Swift in a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade. There will be no major changes made to the interior, save for the blue-stitching that the seats may get. There might also be an auto-up touch function for the front passenger’s window, automatic headlamps, start-stop button and electronically adjustable side view mirrors. There will be no change made to engine options.

Expected Launch: Festive season, 2014

2014 Maruti Swift Dzire facelift

Since Dzire is essentially a 3-box (sort of) version of the Swift, all the changes made to the Swift will also be seen on the Dzire facelift. Mechanically too, the Swift Dzire facelift will have no changes. It will continue to come with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.

Expected launch: Festive season, 2014

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz attracted a lot of attention. This is one of the most crucial launches from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. The mid-sized sedan segment has been doing moderately well for the industry and has given companies like Honda and Hyundai great reason to smile over the past few years. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as it would’ve ideally hoped with its not-so-successful SX4. Ciaz will be the SX4 replacement for Maruti.

The Ciaz takes its design inspiration from the ‘Suzuki Authentics Concept’ which was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. With new extended headlamps, pronounced grille, increased dimensions and an all-new interior design, the car looks completely different from the SX4. However, it still broadly shares the platform with the SX4. Engine options to be offered with the Ciaz may include a 1.4-litre K2 petrol to go up against the cheaper rivals in the segment while a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol model will take the battle straight to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine would continue to fight the diesel battle in the mid-size category. Both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox too is expected to be on offer.

Expected Launch: Third quarter, 2014