December as usual has not been a very good month for automakers with the sales of almost all the SUVs declining while the Mahindra Bolero and Hyundai Creta continue to lead.
SUVs have been in the favourite list of Indian buyers since the beginning and the segment has seen some very good launches in the last quarter of 2015 resulting in increased sales during the festive season. However, December has not proved to be a good month for SUV makers with sales of most of the SUVs falling while some products are still enjoying a good time like the Mahindra Bolero which has registered a growth of 4.32 percent by selling 5771 units against the 5532 units of November and is still on the top of the list.
The second place is again enjoyed by the Hyundai Creta by selling 4709 units, however it is 19.32 percent less than the 5837 units of November. The Mahindra Scorpio has registered a fall of 17.75 percent having sold 3387 units last month. In November, the Scorpio sold 4118 units. The urban SUV from Mahindra, the XUV500 has managed to sell 2456 units and the newly launched compact TUV300 has sold 2371 units which is a whole 39.03 percent less than the 3889 units in November.
December has not been able to harm the Renault Duster as it registered a growth of 38.69 percent by selling 2323 units. The Maruti S-Cross has managed to sell 2000 units against the 2222 units of November and the Ford EcoSport had a very rough month with sales decreasing by 59.05 percent while selling 1481 units in December, this was due to low dispatches caused by the Chennai floods. The very old Maruti Gypsy has enjoyed a growth of 43.36 percent with a sale of 1187 units. The Tata Safari Storme, Nissan Terrano and Mahindra Thar have registered a sale of 409, 367 and 346 units respectively which are all less than the month of November. The Force One has managed 13 units for itself against the 12 units of November.
Coming to the premium SUV segment, it is still being led by the Toyota Fortuner, however the sales have decreased 38.66 percent to 649 units. The second place has been acquired by the Honda CR-V which was previously occupied by the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport while the former has sold 65 units against the 58 units of the Pajero. The Isuzu MU-7 has managed to sell 53 units and the Hyundai Santa Fe has sold 51 units.
The prime attraction was the Renault Koleos with a growth of 650 percent by selling 45 units against the 6 units of November (thank you Rs. 9 lakh discount). The SsangYong Rexton has sold 12 units and the Skoda Yeti has managed to sell 3 units. The Chevrolet TrailBlazer which sold 70 units in November failed to open sales in December.