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India 6 months 2012: Maruti Swift, DZire and Hyundai Eon on fire

The Hyundai Eon is the best-selling all-new model over the period.

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After Brazil and France, India is the third of the Top 10 biggest worldwide car markets we explore in further detail halfway through the year. Sometimes it takes a step back and a bit of perspective to realise what longer-term trends are at stake. The Indian models ranking is normally a very stable affair but in 2012 the top of the ranking was completely reshuffled. In a market up a very healthy 14% year-on-year to 1,414,027 registrations, the Maruti Alto is down 10% to 161,330 sales and, while still keeping the pole position, sees its market share drop from 14.1% one year ago to 11.4%. This evolution has been put under the spotlight in May when the Alto lost the first place for the first time in 7 years to the Maruti Swift.

Chevrolet Beat sales are up 82% year-on-year.

Boosted by their facelift, the Maruti Swift and DZire deliver indeed the most impressive performances in the Top 10 and by far, both up 2 spots at +71% to #2 for the Swift and +59% to #3 for the DZire. Below the Maruti Wagon R at #4 and -13%, the Mahindra Bolero holds itself extremely well, up 2 spots and 18% to #5. The Hyundai Eon is the best performing all-new model over the period, landing directly at #6 with 52,761 sales, just above the car it replaces, the Hyundai i10 logically down 35% to #6. In spite of its much publicised relaunch, the Tata Nano is stable year-on-year at #9 with sales up 9% to 49,555.

Mahindra XUV500

The Toyota Innova has enjoyed the benefits of a successful facelift as well, up 58% and 4 spots to #12, as has the Hyundai Verna but in a more striking manner: it is up 120% and 13 ranks to #16 with 30,532 sales. Excellent performance also for the Chevrolet Beat, up 82% to #17 while the Toyota Etios maintains itself within the Indian Top 20 at #19 with 26,334 units, up 27%. Other noticeable newcomers in the ranking include the Maruti Ertiga at #23, the Mahindra XUV500 at #25, the Nissan Sunny at #27, the Honda Brio at #29 and the Skoda Rapid at #32.

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  1. Sonico
    July 11th, 2012 at 22:17 | #1

    Hey coolcat, actually the Indian Skoda is a rebadged Volkswagen Vento, meaning a saloon version of the Polo, so the Jetta has nothing much to do with it. Volkswagen DOES have quite a confusing marketing strategy, actually :D

  2. coolcat
    July 11th, 2012 at 20:59 | #2

    Hatch, not saloon sorry. Indian Rapid is 4 door saloon, Euro rapid is 5 Door hatch.

  3. coolcat
    July 11th, 2012 at 20:58 | #3

    Rapid in India is totally different to the Rapid for Europe. European Rapid is a saloon, 5 doors, with Skodas new badge and grille, similar to new Citigo. Rapid in India is just a Fabia front end grafted onto a Jetta centre with a European Rapid back end.

  4. July 11th, 2012 at 06:38 | #4

    Soon to launched the Kdoda rapid in India or… a blend of VW jetta (front) with Seat toledo ( side ) and Audi A4 (rear).

    • matgasnier
      July 11th, 2012 at 10:45 | #5

      Hi Miguel,
      The Rapid has already been launched in India, check out the ranking…

  5. coolcat
    July 11th, 2012 at 05:09 | #6

    Is it just me, or do the doors on that abominable Hyundai Eon look like they belong on a different car – the creaselines on the back and front wings dont follow on the doors lol!

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