Honda is going to launch new generation Amaze on May 16 and Toyota launched new Yaris last month with deliveries to begin later this month
Sedan segment was one of the most popular segments in the country. But the introduction of compact SUV and crossover models killed the sedan segment altogether as manufacturers gives more importance for UV segments and developing models for these segments while the interest for sedan was coming down.
The compact sedan is relatively new segment in India but still it was not able to match compact SUVs. But in the recent times manufacturers has began to shift their focus as they are looking at sedan models also. The C-Segment is the most popular sedan segment in India and the sales were flat but with the introduction of new generation Verna, the sales began to pickup and the segment registered 6 percent growth.
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But the overall sedan segment sales went down by 14.21 percent is the fiscal year which ended on March 31 and at the same time UV sales increased by 27.5 percent. The market share of sedan in India is just 6 percent of the over 3 million passenger vehicles market. In the coming months, analysts are expecting the growth to continue in sedan segment.
Honda is going to launch new generation Amaze on May 16 and Toyota launched new Yaris last month with deliveries to begin later this month. Then Maruti Suzuki is going to introduce the much awaited Ciaz facelift and Honda will introduce the iconic Civic by the end of this year. We can also expect updates for other models also.
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Deepesh Rathore, London-based co-founder of consulting firm Emerging Markets Automotive Advisors said that the UV segment sales will rise for next 12 months but after that rate of growth will rationalize and optimize. In the coming months, popular models like Creta and Vitara Brezza will get minor updates and this will drive growth considerably over sedans.
He also pointed out that sedan and crossover models are priced similarly. Usually Indian customers prefers models with muscular design and high ground clearance which is why Creta is selling more than Verna and same for Maruti with Vitara Brezza and Ciaz. In the last fiscal, 6,53,914 units of compact SUV sold and this number is going to increase further this year also.