India’s passenger car exports grew 43 percent in FY21-22, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). With demand for affordable mobility increasing worldwide, the Indian automobile industry is expected to see further export growth in the future. Interestingly, a few cars in India are manufactured solely for exports!
Here are our top five picks of export-only cars made in India that cannot be purchased in the country.
- Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
Mahindra Scorpio Getaway was available in India between 2007 and 2018, but it didn’t find as many buyers as the company had hoped. While it has been discontinued in the home market, M&M exports this pickup truck to select international markets, like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc., because of its affordability, utility, and ruggedness.
- Mahindra Roxor
Mahindra Roxor is a reworked Mahindra Thar (previous generation), exported from India to the North American markets. It is a niche, recreational, off-highway vehicle, and it has a cult-like following there.
The Roxor design may be familiar to some readers from FCA’s lawsuit against M&M a few years ago. Mahindra’s little off-roader has returned to the US market after getting a facelift in 2021.
- Suzuki Jimny
The Suzuki Jimny was exported to international markets by Maruti Suzuki in January last year. However, off-road enthusiasts in India are still waiting for it to launch here! As per reports, Maruti is developing a 5-door/long-wheelbase version of the compact SUV for our market, scheduled to debut either later this year or early next year.
- Toyota Rumion
Rumion is Toyota’s rebadged version of the Maruti Ertiga sold in select international markets, including South Africa. The MPV is manufactured here by Maruti Suzuki and then rebadged and exported by Toyota. Speculations suggest that Toyota Rumion could also launch in India, positioned below Innova Crysta.
- Toyota Belta
Toyota also exports a rebadged version of the Maruti Ciaz, known as Toyota Belta, which is sold in the Middle East. Toyota Rumion is also expected to go on sale in India, as is Toyota Belta, and the manufacturer is yet to make any official announcements regarding that though.