Skoda Kodiaq registered 52 per negative growth last month and the launch of fifth-generation CR- V could be the reason for it
Skoda Kodiaq is the flagship model of the company in India and the SUV was priced at a premium but still, sales were good. Last month, the Kodiaq registered 52 per cent drop in growth as the company sold 127 units when compared to 267 units same month last year. The reason for negative growth could be the launch of new CR-V.
Honda officially launched the fifth generation CR-V in October and pricing is slightly higher than expected but the company has managed to sell 106 units and registered 405 per cent Year-on-Year growth in November as Honda sold just 21 units of CR-V same month last year. The fourth generation model didn’t come with a diesel engine in India.
The volume in SUV segment is with diesel models as customers prefer the punchy performance along with efficiency over the refinement of petrol engines, which is why the company decided to introduce the diesel model of CR-V in India and the SUV comes with a new 1.6 L diesel engine, which will be shared with upcoming Civic also.
Like most of the other segments, November is also not good for SUV segment also as CR-V sales also went down compared to October and the first month sales of the new model will be always on the higher side thanks to the initial buzz. For the last six months, the sales of Kodiaq is hovering around 150-200 unis per month.
The sales of the CR-V is expected to settle down after few months and let’s see whether it could take overtake the establish Kodiaq. Skoda is currently offered with four-year warranty as standard along with additional corporate discounts with Kodiaq and the SUV gets special four-year service care at Rs. 60,000.
On the other side, Honda is not offering discounts or offers as the model is brand new. The CR-V diesel model is one of the most efficient in its class as the SUV returns ARAI certified 18.3 Km/l and it comes with both petrol and diesel engines but the Kodiaq is offering with a single engine with automatic as standard.