List of top 10 most sold cars in 2018 saw a compact sedan becoming the best-seller for the first time ever as Maruti retailed 2,64,612 units of Dzire
2018 has been a surprising year in many aspects in the Indian auto industry. While several new launches exemplified the market’s potential and customer’s contemplation to buy premium products was on an all-time high, the volume sales was plagued by notable issues such as GST, high fuel costs and rupee depreciation.
More than 33 lakh cars were retailed in the 2018 calendar year at a growth of around 5 percent when it was earlier projected to be in the double digit. Maruti Suzuki reiterated its dominance once again with 8 percent increase in sales while proving buyers’ shift in mentality towards owning bigger cars with modern features.
Sitting on top of the sales chart was Dzire compact sedan that received a brand new generation in May 2017. With 2,64,612 units, it toppled the mainstay Alto and had a consistent run throughout the year. It is worth noting that majority of its sales came from the high-end trims, as it moved one position up to become the first ever sedan in India to head the sales charts by the end of a calendar year.
|Top 10 Most Sold Cars In 2018 In India||No. of Units Sold|
|1) Maruti Suzuki Dzire||2,64,612|
|2) Maruti Suzuki Alto||2,56,661|
|3) Maruti Suzuki Swift||2,23,630|
|4) Maruti Suzuki Baleno||2,10,236|
|5) Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||1,55,466|
|6) Maruti Suzuki Wagon R||1,52,020|
|7) Hyundai Elite i20||1,41,104|
|8) Hyundai Grand i10||1,34,249|
|9) Hyundai Creta||1,20,905|
|10) Maruti Suzuki Celerio||1,00,957|
The Alto hatchback fell behind by more than 10,000 units compared to its 2017 sales and had a difference close to 9,000 units to the new leader Dzire. The top four places basically saw odd and even finishers from 2017 swapping positions last year, as Baleno gave way for the new generation Swift that went on sale at 2018 Auto Expo in February.
The Swift garnered 2,23,630 units and the Baleno wrapped 2,10,236 units in 2018, as four models endured more than two lakh unit sales for the first time in history. Being the best-selling SUV in India, the Vitara Brezza moved two places up to fifth with 1,55,466 units while the Wagon R dropped out of the top half of the table for the first time with 1,52,020 units.
However, it did ensure six Maruti Suzuki vehicles covering the top six slots. Its sales will be redeemed in 2019 as a brand new generation awaits entry on January 23. The Celerio made it seven out of the top ten for the brand as it finished in the last position with 1,00,957 units and is due an overhaul in the near future.
The second largest carmaker in India, Hyundai, had the trio of Elite i20, Grand i10 and Creta ending up in seventh, eighth and ninth places respectively. The Korean company is expected to make a huge impact this year as an all-new Grand i10 will arrive later this year while the new Santro is already delivering big numbers.