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India Full Year 2012: Maruti Swift and DZire beat records

Maruti Swift

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Indian new car sales reach a new frontier in 2012: up 14% year-on-year to a record 2,654,835 registrations, the first time ever Indian consumers purchase more than 2.5 million cars in a single year. The Maruti Alto is the most popular model in the country for the 8th year in a row but its sales are down 8% on 2011 to 286,833 units. Its strongest 2012 month was March at 35,245 sales, below its all-time record of 38,065 in March 2011. It's Maruti's year, with 4 models in the Top 4 for the first time ever...

Maruti Dzire

The new generation Swift and Dzire are another 2012 Indian success story. The Swift took the lead of the monthly Indian ranking for the very first time in April and hit a record 20,739 sales in February, finishing the year up 46% to 186,797 units. The sedan version, called Maruti DZire, also kick goals. It beat its monthly sales record 3 times this year (FebruaryMarch and May), bringing it to 17,707 and finishing the year at 154,273 sales, up 55% year-on-year. The Maruti Wagon R is down 2 spots to #4 and 134,823 units.

Mahindra Bolero

The Mahindra Bolero is the other star of the year, up 18% to #5 with 113,457 sales, breaking the 10,000 monthly units barrier for the first time ever in March and hitting a record 11,078 sales in October. Hyundai is still the #2 brand in the country but for the first time since 2009 it doesn't place any model on the podium: the i10 is down 29% to #6 and the Eon hasn't managed to shoot up above it, up to #8 with 93,578 units. Tata's best-seller is the Indica/Vista, down 5% to #7.

Maruti Ertiga

The Hyundai i20 reached new heights in 2012: record 7,775 sales in July and best-ever #4 in August, but stays #9 over the Full Year at 85,299 units. The Tata Nano breaks into the year-end Indian Top 10 for the very first time in 2012, up 3 spots and 8% to #10 with 76,747 sales, but this is still far from the sales level necessary to make it a success. After 3 relaunches it seems Tata has exhausted the Nano's potential...

Mahindra XUV500

Other great performers this year include the Toyota Innova up 46% to #12, the Maruti Ertiga landing directly at #16 with 59,467 units, the Hyundai Verna up 41% to #17, Mahindra XUV500 up 671% to #22 for its first full year in market and steadily gaining ground all through the year to a record #16 in December, the Tata Sumo up 46% to #25, the Honda Brio arriving at #27, Nissan Sunny at #29, Renault Duster directly at #32 and hitting an unbelievable #13 in November and December, Skoda Rapid at #33 and Mahindra Quanto at #45.

Previous post: India December 2012: Maruti Alto and Toyota Innova shine

Previous year: India Full Year 2011: Maruti Alto leads for the 7th consecutive year

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  1. February 14th, 2013 at 17:00 | #1

    Ford Ecosport is sure to be a game changer as far the Mini SUV segment is concerned. It will definitely give the Renault Duster a run for its money.

  2. Kennedy
    February 8th, 2013 at 19:28 | #2

    How did the Sonata perform in 2012 in India?

  3. Raghuvansh
    February 1st, 2013 at 00:54 | #3

    India’s only a developing country, and not everyone can afford an Audi/merc/BMW yet. But still, there’s plenty of potential in the luxury segment, anyway, and merc/BMW/Audis are becoming a common sight now, which wasn’t there a few years ago :)

  4. sandeep
    January 24th, 2013 at 03:29 | #4

    the sales of luxury cars in India are too low, but i also know that just 10% of people who can afford a luxury car in India are buying one, mostly people are affraid about theft and also people don’t want to pay tax so people are buying then a Swift or Innova instead of a BMW or Audi. this year Audi India targets sales of 10,500-11,000 i hope they will sell much more because for example the Dutch a country with 17 million people and last year they sold 20,200 Audi’s and India a country with 1.15 billion people only 9,003. and also India is around 75 times bigger than the Netherlands. sorry for a long preach.

  5. Steam
    January 14th, 2013 at 22:10 | #5

    Difficult year for european and american brands. Only Renault and Audi managed to improve their market-share.

  6. Sandeep
    January 13th, 2013 at 02:23 | #6

    i also forgotten to say BMW sold 2788 units of the new 3, 2667 5er (included 5GT), 2461 of the X1 in 2012. Source:http://www.rushlane.com/bmw-is-no-1-in-2012-beats-audi-1258389.html

  7. Sandeep
    January 13th, 2013 at 02:06 | #7

    the sales of BMW, Audi & Mercedes for 2012 are now revealed: BMW 2012:9375, 2011: 9412 0%, Mercedes 2012: 7138, 2011: 7430 -3.9%. Audi 2012: 9003, 2011: 5511 63% growth.

  8. akash.k.jose
    January 12th, 2013 at 06:02 | #8

    this year hyundai i10 will face heavy compeyition with honda brio,its sure

  9. akash.k.jose
    January 12th, 2013 at 05:55 | #9

    this year hyundai eon will rock

  10. Bhagwath
    January 8th, 2013 at 18:58 | #10

    Nice Article! Top10 (4 Maruthi,3 Hyundai, 2 Tata, 1 Mahindra)

  11. eddy
    January 5th, 2013 at 14:49 | #11

    This year would be the year of Honda Brio Amaze!

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