India December 2012: Maruti Alto and Toyota Innova shine
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Year-end discounts didn't do much to dynamise an Indian new car market that is starting to lack puff: sales are even down 3% year-on-year in December to 191,827 registrations, the 2nd lowest 2012 monthly figure after August, bringing the Full Year 2012 total to 2,629,319 units, still up a very healthy 14% on 2011. Helped by the new Alto 800, the Maruti Alto is up to 26,234 sales and 13.7%, its highest market share in at least a year. It is followed by the Suzuki Swift up to its highest monthly figure since last May at 17,436 units, while the Maruti DZire round up the podium with 13,076 sales.
All Top 3 models are way above their 2012 market share levels this month, and it goes the same for the Mahindra Bolero, up to #4 at 9,278 units and 4.8%. The Hyundai Eon breaks into the Indian Top 5 for the first time since last April whereas the Toyota Innova is up 8 spots on last month to reach its best-ever ranking in the country at #7, a position it also held last June. The Maruti Ertiga confirms its success and maintains itself within the Indian Top 10 for the 6th consecutive month at #9.
Another exceptional month for the Renault Duster, #13 again with 4,485 sales and 2.3%. The Mahindra XUV500 continues its steady and extremely impressive progression, beating its ranking record again this month at #16, while the Mahindra Quanto is up to a record #22 at 2,948 units. The Chevrolet Sail struggles a bit at #40 (-7) but the Renault Scala beats its volume record at 820 sales and #44. On the negative side, the Tata Nano is down to #25 and 2,202 units, its 2nd weakest monthly total after the 1,202 units it sold in August 2011.
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Full December 2012 Top 50 models and All-brands Ranking Tables below.