The year 2004 was a healthy one for the Indian passenger car industry. India's booming economy underpinned growth in the market of around 25% with the light passenger vehicle market passing through the one million barrier for the first time. But 2004 in India's light vehicle market was memorable on other levels too. As well as the continuing arrival of significant new models there were signs that India's top selling model - the Suzuki Maruti 800 - is finally, after two decades, about to lose its number one position. Deepesh Rathore and Tilak Swarup report (article includes full year 2004 sales data by make and model).