Tata Altroz dethrones Hyundai i20 in the C-segment hatchback space

May 2022 hatchback sales – Tata Altroz overtakes Hyundai i20 for the second spot, most cars post triple digit growth

In May, 2022, the auto industry seems to have nearly recovered from the Covid havoc as hatchback sales are back to pre-Covid numbers. Most of the cars have posted triple digit growth this time and are on the path of complete recovery in the coming months.

In the A-segment, Maruti Suzuki Alto clinched the top spot selling 12,933 units. But, with mandatory 6-airbag rule just a few months away, the future of Alto seems uncertain. The addition of 6 airbags to the entry-level hatchback will raise its price by about Rs. 25,000/-.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Renault Kwid took the remaining 2 places. The sales of Renault Kwid continue to dwindle and it must been seen how Renault too responds to the mandatory 6-airbag rule. However, all the 3 cars posted excellent growth this time.

RankOEMModelMay ’22 SalesMay ’21 SalesYoY Growth
1Maruti SuzukiAlto12,9333220302%
2Maruti SuzukiS-Presso44751540191%
Maruti Suzuki Alto back to pre-Covid numbers

In the B segment, Maruti Suzuki Swift gaining its position back from Hyundai Grand i10 is the biggest development. The once popular hatchback sold an impressive 14,133 units nearly doubling its Covid sales last year.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R continues to lead the chart month-on-month due to the amount of cabin space it offers for the low asking price. As of now, it’s the country’s highest selling car. The addition of the 1.2-litre engine has also given it hot-hatch-like performance.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Ignis took the next 3 places. Both the Marutis posted excellent YoY growth. Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro took the last spots.

RankOEMModelMay ’22 SalesMay ’21 SalesYoY Growth
1Maruti SuzukiWagon R16,8142086706%
2Maruti SuzukiSwift14,1337005102%
3HyundaiGrand i10 Nios91383804140%
4Maruti SuzukiCelerio63981593924%
5Maruti SuzukiIgnis5029471968%
Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios are back to pre-Covid numbers

May was, probably, the last month for Santro and that shows in its amazing sales. Most of the dealers would have cleared the existing stocks for great discounts.

Coming to the C segment, in 1 of the biggest achievements for Tata, Altroz has overtaken Hyundai i20 in sales. The ‘Gold Standard’ car has nudged past the Hyundai by a whisker. The i20 has posted the least growth in this list and that could be reason for the poor performance.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno, as usual, took the top honours in the segment with nearly 14k unit sales and 191 percent YoY growth. Fortunately, Toyota Glanza too has posted excellent growth of 891 percent registering over 3k unit sales.

RankOEMModelMay ’22 SalesMay ’21 SalesYoY Growth
1Maruti SuzukiBaleno13,9704803191%
Tata Altroz overtakes Hyundai i20

Honda Jazz took the last spot as usual and it’s quite a worrying sign. The spacious hatchback continues to post dismissal performance and might be pulled if this trend continues. Though it has posted growth when compared to last year, the sales no way justify the segment standards.