The list was dominated by models from Maruti’s stable, followed by Hyundai leaving very little room for offerings from other manufacturers.

Tata Nano vs Maruti Alto 800 Shootout
The Maruti Alto continued to dominate sales, followed by the Swift, DZire & Wagon R

2014 saw a series of highs and lows throughout the year making it extremely challenging for the auto sector. While the first half of the year seemed stagnant as ever, a host of socio and political transformations brought in some much needed respite as sales stared to grow with market showing signs of stabilization. With the year gone by, we take a look at the top 20 best selling cars that managed to hold up despite the challenging market conditions and carved a name for themselves on the list.

Top 20 Best Selling cars of 2014 –

1) Maruti Alto – 2,64,544 units
2) Maruti Swift DZire – 2,10,882 units
3) Maruti Swift – 2,02,831 units
4) Maruti Wagon R – 1,59,260 units
5) Hyundai Grand i10 – 1,03,749 units
6) Mahindra Bolero – 1,02,045 units
7) Hyundai Eon – 80,346 units
8) Honda City – 77,328 units
9) Maruti Omni – 74,498 units
10) Hyundai i20 – 69,116 units
11) Maruti Celerio – 67,616 units
12) Maruti Ertiga – 61,153 units
13) Honda Amaze – 65,503 units
14) Toyota Innova – 59,450 units
15) Hyundai Xcent – 51,614 units
16) Ford EcoSport – 51,068 units
17) Mahindra Scorpio – 50,965 units
18) Maruti Eeco – 50,317 units
19) Renault Duster – 39,807 units
20) Hyundai i10 – 37,207 units

Observations –

Maruti Suzuki continues to hold its numero position that extended up-till the 4th spot with the Alto, DZire, Swift and Wagon R. The Alto’s sales remained unmatched with the closest being the Hyundai Eon in the segment that sold 80,346 units in the year. The same applies for the DZire that managed to be the best seller against rivals like Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and the Hyundai Xcent. The Honda Amaze in particular did have a good start in the beginning of 2014, but sales faltered due to production issues and the arrival of new competition from the Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest.

Maruti occupied 8 positions on the top 20 list last year, which was followed by Hyundai India that had four of its best selling models the Grand i10, Eon, i20, Xcent and i10. Honda India did brilliantly well with the City sedan that managed to maintain the sales momentum throughout 2014, while Mahindra made it on the list with the Bolero that continues to be the best selling UV in the segment as well as the Scorpio SUV that received a generation change last year. Ford and Renault were represented by single models namely the EcoSport and Duster respectively on the list.

The countries best selling MPV, the Toyota Innova managed sell more than the Etios sedan + hatchback + Cross + Camry put together; while the Fortuner is the company’s second best selling vehicle with 16,990 units sold, much better than its rivals in the premium SUV segment.

Hyundai managed to retail 69,116 units of the i20 hatchback with majority of the sales coming in the second half of the year as the new generation model was launched. Positioned below the i20, the Grand i10 was equally aggressive on the sales chart and was the only non-Maruti vehicle to make it in the top 5 best selling cars of the year.

Maruti DZire vs Hyundai Xcent vs Honda Amaze Shootout
Demand for compact sedans has been consistently high & is only set to rise in 2015