Maruti Vitara Brezza maintains a mammoth lead in the compact SUV sales chart for the year 2017.
Known to offer the best of both worlds, compact SUVs prove to be a compelling proposition for buyers because of their dominative stance backed by affordable prices. For many manufacturers in the market, these pseudo SUVs have become a sure shot way of success in the past few years. It’s survival of the fittest out there and the introduction of rivals has definitely tensed up the game. We compare the compact SUV sales chart combined for the year 2017 to draw a clearer picture of the developments in this rapidly-growing segment.
Topping the sales chart is the Maruti Vitara Brezza clocking sales of 1,40,945 units during the year. Maintaining consistent 5-digit sales numbers for most part of the year, the Brezza has a lead of close to 1 lakh units and accounts for 45% of segment sales single-handedly. The ‘Maruti Suzuki’ badge also has a role to play in its success but we cannot ignore its jack-of-all-trades package as well. The next spot is held by the Ford EcoSport with 45,146 units which is closely followed by Honda’s WR-V at 40,124 units.
The EcoSport magic seems to be fading away as the car didn’t record impressive numbers even after receiving a much-hyped facelift. On the other hand, the WR-V seems to be doing really well throughout the year with monthly sales hovering around the 4000 unit mark without fail. The TUV300 from Mahindra has generated a mediocre sales figure of 27,724 units for the year. Even though its monthly sales do not show much fluctuation, the numbers themselves have been considerably lower than the competition.
Following the TUV300 with a gap of a mere 1100 units is the Maruti S-Cross. The sales of the crossover have picked up post its aesthetic uplift and going by the trends of the last three months, we can see it climbing up the ladder in the coming months. An equally commendable performance has been shown by the Tata Nexon. The domestic manufacturer had high hopes with this one and it seems to be fulfilling them gracefully with sales of 14,062 units gathered over a span of four months. While the late entry has costed Tata Motors a bit, we can see the Nexon catching up soon.
With the kind of response the Nexon has received, there are huge chances for it to make it to the top-three in the coming year. The most utilitarian offerings in the list are the Toyota Etios Cross and the Mahindra NuvoSport both of which stand at the lowest positions not even managing a four-digit sales number. The NuvoSport sold 451 units while the Jap was relatively better at around 900 units. The only Korean in this comparison, the Hyundai i20 Active, stands at 6th place with dwindling sales figures. If not for the Tata Nexon’s late entry to the market, it would have stood at the 7th spot.
With premium quality and an expansive feature list going for it, the manufacturer was able to shell out 17,843 units in 2017. However, with Ford lining up the Figo Cross (or Freestyle?) to go neck-and-neck with the Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross, it remains to be seen how long the duo is able to sustain their market standing.
Compact SUV Sales
– Vitara Brezza tops the sales chart with a total of 1,40,945 units sold in 2017
– Nexon picks up pace, over 14,000 dispatches in four months
– Maruti S-Cross facelift revives demand, outsells EcoSport in last quarter
– Honda WR-V at number two with a respectable 45,146 units sold last year