Indian passenger cars are likely to go through re-labeling as many car manufacturers are demanding a change in car categorization. Currently, the cars are classified based on their length only by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
Now the car manufacturers want this classification on the engine displacement and horsepower too. According to a CEO of a renowned car company, “The car categorization of what we follow today is outdated and need a change. The car manufacturers are in discussion with the SIAM and there is a general agreement on effecting changes which will include strictures such as engine displacement and hp.
According to SIAM classification, cars up to 3.4 metre are ranked as A1 which only M800 qualifies and very soon the Tata Nano will also come under this ranking. Other hatchbacks like Fiat’s Palio, Ford’s Fusion, General Motors’s Spark and UVA, Hyundai’s Santro, Getz and i10, the Maruti brands and Tata Indica which are up to 4 metre long fall under A2 class.