In the concluded month of April, the top selling passenger cars list hasn’t endured any big chances except for some shuffles in the order. But, the number of units sold for each of the cars will give a deeper understanding what’s been happening in the background. As ever, the world’s best-selling hatchback is the dominant leader of the Indian market with a total sales of 16,583 units. However, it’s been registering a decline for the fourth consecutive month – 23% in April compared to the corresponding month in 2015.
The great acceptance of the entry-level segment’s rivalling Renault Kwid has certainly done the damage for the Alto. It ate into the sales of the Alto ever since entering the top 10 list in December 2015 and now stands at sixth with a selling figure of 9,795 units last month. Maruti Suzuki Swift vaulted two places to second with 15,661 units but it was at a 15% drop compared to the same month in 2015.
The fifth successive month of sales slump for Swift is due to the raise in customers’ interest on its younger sibling, the Baleno premium hatchback. Slotting in at seventh, the Baleno’s sales stepped up by over 36% as against the performance in March 2016. The Supreme Court’s order to ban the running of petrol and diesel taxis in Delhi-NCR has apparently taken the toll on Swift Dzire’s sales as it’s a highly preferred sedan for fleet operators.
|1. Maruti Suzuki Alto||16,583|
|2. Maruti Suzuki Swift||15,661|
|3. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R||15,323|
|4. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire||13,256|
|5. Hyundai Grand i10||9,840|
|6. Renault Kwid||9,795|
|7. Maruti Suzuki Baleno||9,562|
|8. Hyundai Elite i20||9,400|
|9. Maruti Suzuki Celerio||8,548|
|10. Hyundai Creta||7,900|
It descended two positions from March 2016’s list and was positioned fourth as 13,256 units were retailed at a fall of 20%. On the contrary, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Celerio hatchbacks have endured growth last month as they were placed third and ninth respectively. The tall-riding Wagon R, with 15,323 units, registered 10% surge while the Celerio’s affordable AMT has lured buyers in majority with a stunning 61% growth compared to the same month the previous year.
Maruti Suzuki reported a 16% YoY growth in domestic sales with 117,045 units courtesy of the recently launched Vitara Brezza attaining 7,832 deliveries last month. The Hyundai twins, Grand i10 and Elite i20, are going strongly as ever as they helped the South Korean automaker to achieve 9.6% YOY growth. The former came in at fifth position with a 12% growth and displaced Kwid by recording 9,840 units while the latter managed 9,400 deliveries to tuck in behind its main competitor Baleno in eighth – 24% sales downslope as against April 2015. The SUV segment leading Hyundai Creta wrapped up the top ten sales chart at tenth with 7,900 units.