Maruti Suzuki, securing top 6 spots in July 2017 car sales, continues to rule the roost in the Indian car market.
Maruti Suzuki has once again proved its mettle in the Indian auto industry. This time around, top 6 players of July 2017 car sales belong to Maruti Suzuki’s stable. List of top 25 selling cars, which includes a total of 12 Maruti cars, saw an inclusion of brands like Renault, Tata and Ford also due to the Kwid, Tiago and EcoSport respectively. As a matter of fact, these three best-sellers account for 42-83% of the brand’s sales single-handedly which is not a positive thing.
July 2017 was an important month for auto manufacturers as the first day of this month saw implementation of GST. Car sales had been low for the month of June with the public anticipating effects of the new tax structure. This implies that most cars will show a spurt in MoM sales figures. Thankfully, save for a few hybrid models like the Ciaz SHVS, Ertiga SHVS and Accord, most of the cars saw a drop in prices. Bigger cars saw bigger price cuts. This meant celebration time for brands like Toyota, which primarily sells cars costing above Rs. 12 lakhs. Their premium SUV Fortuner sold a respectable 3444 units while the Etios twins, aimed at masses, couldn’t even manage 5000 units combined.
Fiat’s outdated Punto and Linea lineup in India sold a measly 185 units combined. Jeep Compass, managing 933 units in its first month, came to the rescue. Clearly, with a lot of initial bookings, this number is bound to see an upward trend for the next couple of months. Chevrolet and Nissan were the only brands to show a negative figure in MoM sales. While it is normal for Chevrolet post its withdrawal from the market, Nissan’s product range is in dire need of an overhaul. The Terrano recorded a sale of 257 units, while the fact that Renault sold 1210 copies of the Duster goes to show our market’s preference for updated products. Nissan’s Micra and Sunny also reported dismal sales of 457 and 167 units respectively.
While the sunroof on Honda’s WR-V seems to be doing the trick, sales number for their remaining products aren’t inspiring. Despite increase in prices (of diesel variants), the Ciaz showed positive growth and overtook the Honda City once again. But, mass-market offerings like the Brio and Amaze didn’t fetch as many sales with numbers standing at 296 and 2913 units respectively.
Timeless beauty of the Germans seems to be fading away with time. Volkswagen Polo and Vento, despite a great number of updates, were able to garner low sales of 2056 and 648 units respectively. The newer Ameo, which comes across as a better alternative to the more-expensive Vento, managed 1801 units despite its quirky proportions. Sister-company Skoda witnesses similar fate, selling 790 and 457 copies of updated Rapid and Octavia. Mahindra’s tried and tested products like Bolero and Scorpio helped bring volumes for the domestic carmaker.
In comparison to XUV500’s 2282 units, Tata’s Hexa managed 1564 units. While the new Tigor seems to be saturated at 1967 units, outdated products like Sumo, Indica, Indigo record sales of 768, 678 and 206 units respectively. American giant Ford dispatches 4375 and 1030 units of EcoSport and Endeavour respectively, clocking total sales of 8418 units for this month. Despite price cuts, combined sales figures for Figo twins have been 3005 units only.
Being top players in the market, Maruti and Hyundai boast of 52% and 14% share in the total industry sales with sales of 1,53,298 and 43,007 units respectively. Maruti Swift outsells the Grand i10 again, but not by a big margin. Most of the cars from Maruti Suzuki are selling in five digits already. Hyundai’s Eon is outdated now, while Xcent and Tucson haven’t enjoyed the success of their smaller siblings. Thankfully, the new generation Verna is around the corner. Interestingly, Maruti’s Nexa concept managed to outsell the entire Hyundai line-up this time!
Top 25 Selling Cars
– Maruti NEXA cars, at 48,103 units, outsell Hyundai this time
– All top 6 positions secured by Maruti Suzuki in July 2017
– Innova Crysta and Fortuner, at 9369 and 3444 units respectively, bring majority of volumes for Toyota
– Ciaz ahead of City, despite price hike for diesel models