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Premier Cars

Premier offers 1 new car models in Midsize segment in India. Choose a Premier car to know prices, features, reviews and photos.

  Car Model Ex-Showroom Price (New Delhi)
Premier Rio Premier Rio

22 User Reviews

4.71 - 6.70 lakhs

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Discontinued Premier Models: Premier Padmini

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About Premier

Premier Ltd (earlier known as Premier Automobiles Ltd.) is an automotive manufacturer now based out in Pune. The company was started in 1944 in .... ...read more

Premier Ltd (earlier known as Premier Automobiles Ltd.) is an automotive manufacturer now based out in Pune. The company was started in 1944 in Mumbai, when the Premier started to manufacture Dodge and Plymouth cars and trucks.

In 1951, Premier tied up with Fiat and sold Fiat 500 in India. Later in 1954, the company began the production of Fiat 1100. In 1973, Premier renamed the Fiat 1100 as the Premier Padmini. It was an 1100cc petrol engine that produces 40bhp of power. This car was produced until the 1990s, and the car design remained unchanged. In 1978, Premier launched the Fiat 124 as the Premier 118NE and 138D in India. The 118NE had a 1180cc Nissan engine in it and so was the model name was an acronym.

The Premier then tied up with Peugeot to sell the Peugeot 309, which failed as sales figures when too less as the spares where sparingly available. Peugeot ended this joint venture with Premier in 2001. Premier even tied up with Fiat and bought in the Uno and the Siena. Premier again failed to deliver the quality of service and made the spares easily available. A major strike in the factory caused the plant to shut down. Now with Fiat left alone to fend its image, the Italian automaker walked into India with its that time world small car, the Fiat Palio and fired with from all guns.

Premier had began the production of its commercial vehicles the Sigma and Roadstar in 2004. Later in 2009, Premier once again entered the passenger car market with its compact SUV the Rio, which is a tie-up with Zotye Nomad.

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Premier reviews, road tests and comparisons by CarWale Experts.

  • Premier's small solution
    Premier's small solution

    Vikrant Singh, 13 Mar 2012

    A compact SUV is great for our cities. The only vehicle to tick that box currently is the Premier Rio. And now there’s an upgraded version of the Rio with a petrol ...

  • The Premier Compact SUV
    The Premier Compact SUV

    CarWale Team, 23 Nov 2009

    The Rio marks Premier's comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range - the Uno and Siena, after ...

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Premier User Reviews

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  • The Eye Catcher

    on Premier Rio by Richard, 18-Mar-2015
    Exterior It's about the exterior of this car that makes it stand out. A compact SUV in the right sense of the word. Very smart cuts and edges make it stand out in a crowd. Interior [...]

  • A Kohinoor diamond among all the cars

    on Premier Padmini by Jagdish, 14-Nov-2014
    Exterior Look wise excellent. I love it. I hope that new cars should also have the same shape and size. So that we can retain the memory of Premier Padmini :). Interior (Features, [...]

  • Rio 2013 & 2014 model

    on Premier Rio by R. Rohan, 01-May-2014
    Exterior  very good Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)   Clear & more space Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox   Very good Ride Quality & [...]

  • Its a value for money no car in this cost provide ABS with EBD

    on Premier Rio by Sanjeev Verma, 14-Apr-2014
    I brought this car in Jan 2014 with more refined fiat 72 BHP engine as they say it is the same engine maruti and tata is using after driving this car upto leh and ladhk via srinagar [...]

  • Excellent Family Car

    on Premier Rio by Mohan, 25-Mar-2014
     It offers a mix of  appearance, price,comfortable interiors and an efficient diesel engine that the competition can't match. I'm writing to say  that it is an excellent [...]

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