With 12,033 units, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza got the better of Hyundai Venue for the third month in a row in November 2019
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza became an instant hit ever since it went on sale in early 2016 and seeing its monthly average of more than 10,000 units regularly, more manufacturers set their eyes on the spotlight including Hyundai. While Hyundai showcased the promising Carlino concept at the 2016 Auto Expo that could have spawned a production model soon after, it did not turn out to be the case.
Instead, the South Korean auto major took its time to enter the sub-four-metre SUV segment and many argued that it was late to the party. However, the scenario was entirely different as the Venue debuted in the domestic market with several segment-first features. It went on sale in May 2019 following its simultaneous world premiere in India as well as New York the previous month.
With an attractive price range between Rs. 6.50 lakh and Rs. 11.10 lakh (ex-showroom), the Venue became a hot prospect in the subcompact SUV space in no time and it reflected on its sales numbers. The Venue did what no other sub-4m SUV managed to do, as it beat Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in just third month of its market launch following a close encounter in June 2019.
With 9,342 units in August 2019, the Venue continued its momentum before the festive season hit the ground up and running. Courtesy of the lucrative discount deals, the Vitara Brezza regained its leading position in the segment in September with 10,362 units as against 7,942 units for the Venue and the same trend continued a month later.
In October 2019, the Vitara Brezza again scooped more than 10,000 units when compared to 8,576 units for “India’s first connected SUV”. Last month, the Venue did up its game a little bit as 9,665 units were sold but the Vitara Brezza put on a great show to garner 12,033 units to maintain its top spot in the segment.
The Vitara Brezza will likely get a mid-life update in the coming months as the BSVI compliant 1.5-litre SHVS four-cylinder K15B petrol engine could be introduced with manual and automatic transmission choices while the existing DDiS 200 diesel motor will be let go. As for the Venue, the 1.0-litre T-GDI, 1.2-litre MPI petrol and 1.4-litre U2 CRDI will continue with BSVI compliance.