India August 2016: Renault Kwid breaks 10.000 monthly sales barrier

Renault Kwid India August 2016. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comFirst month above 10.000 sales for the Renault Kwid. Picture motorbeam.com

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The Indian new car market continues to gallop upwards with wholesale deliveries up 15% year-on-year in August to  258.348 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 9% to a record 1.930.453. Like last month, market leaders Maruti-Suzuki (+12%) and Hyundai (+7%) gain slightly less ground than the market, resulting in eroding yet still imposing market shares at 46.4% and 16.7% respectively. Maruti-Suzuki manages to place a stunning 10 nameplates in the Top 15 best-sellers this month. The Alto (-9%), DZire (-16%), Wagon R (-1%) and Swift (-23%) all decline, but the Vitara Brezza (#8) cements its new status as the favourite SUV in the country and the Baleno (#9) take roots inside the Top 10 while further down the Ciaz (+50%) continues to lead its segment and the Ertiga (+62%) enjoys a second life.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India August 2016. Picture courtesy autoeager.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza remains the #1 SUV in India. Picture autoeager.com 

Hyundai for its part has a very dynamic best-seller in the Grand i10, up 26% to 12.957 deliveries, the nameplate’s second highest monthly score below the 14.079 units hit last October. The Elite i20 is up 3% in 6th place and the Creta, although losing its SUV crown, still posts a solid 14% year-on-year increase. Indian manufacturer Mahindra confirms its third position in the brands ranking and improves its share to 6.6% thanks to deliveries up 21% to 17.115. Even though the Bolero has plummeted down to #18 – it ranked 7th over the Full Year 2015 – this demise has been more than compensated by the success of a new crossovers such as the KUV100 (#27) and TUV300 (#31).

VW Ameo India August 2016. Picture courtesy autocarindia.comThe Ameo already accounts for 55% of Volkswagen wholesale deliveries. Picture autocarindia.com

Honda (-11%) and Tata (+1%) lose share as the BR-V (#32) and Tiago (#19) start to lose steam, but Renault continues to ride on the tsunami-shaped success of the diminutive Kwid. The French carmaker is up a mammoth 750% on August 2015 just as the Kwid breaks the 10.000 monthly sales barrier for the very first time at 10.719 units. Now Renault has to capture this incredible momentum with new launches such as a Kwid crossover and/or sedan… Datsun (+225%) is the other spectacular gainer in the August Indian charts thanks solely to the Redi-GO racking up another 3.205 sales this month, albeit down 19% on July. Finally Volkswagen (+6%) owes its year-on-year gain solely to the building deliveries of the all-new Ameo (#30), up 10% on its inaugural month and already accounting for 55% of Volkswagen deliveries just as the Polo (-61%) and Vento (-36%) freefall.

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India July 2016: Maruti breaks record, places 7 models in Top 10

VW Ameo India July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe VW Ameo lands in India this month.

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The Indian new car market is up a flamboyant 17% year-on-year in July to 255.769 units excluding premium brands for which data is unavailable this month. This stellar figure brings the year-to-date tally to 1.669.155 after 7 months, up 8% on the same period last year. Market leaders Maruti (+14%) and Hyundai (+13%) gain slightly less ground than the market, resulting in market shares dipping a little but Maruti breaks its monthly volume record at 125.764 units, with a previous best of 121.063 hit last October. Hyundai for its part is above 40.000 units for the 9th time in the past 12 months.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India July 2016. Picture courtesy gaadi.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza has established itself as the #1 SUV in India.

Mahindra is up a beautiful 18% to 15.929 sales in third place, Tata is up 31% to 13.578 but Honda is down 25% to 14.033. Renault remains by far the “most improved” manufacturer with deliveries up 7-fold on July 2015 thanks solely to the Kwid brilliantly stuck just under 10.000 monthly units. Ford (+62%) and Datsun (+298%) also impress, but Skoda (-25%), Chevrolet (-33%), Fiat (-34%) and Nissan (-36%) fall apart.

Datsun RediGo Renault Kwid India July 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiwaadi.comBased on the same platform, the Datsun RediGo and Renault Kwid are both stunning successes. 

Model-wise, the Maruti Alto saves its pole position by the skin of its teeth at -11% to 19.844 vs. 19.229 (-17%) for the Maruti DZire, with the Maruti Wagon R at #3 (-2%) and the Swift at #4 (-26%). But the tremendous success of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, now established as the best-selling SUV in India, up 5 spots on June to a record #6 and 10.212 sales – its first 5-figure month – as well as the Baleno at #9 (9.120 sales) enable Maruti to beat volume records. The Omni (#10) makes it 7 Marutis in the Top 10 and the Celerio (#12) 8 in the Top 12. The Hyundai Creta (+18%) is knocked out of the Top 10 but still posts solid figures, the Toyota Innova is up 43% thanks to the new Crysta model and the Maruti Ciaz (+147%) leads its segment at #16 vs. #20 for the Honda City.

Tata Tiago India July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe Tiago is the best-selling Tata passenger car in almost 3 years. 

Among recent launches, the Tata Tiago crosses the symbolic 5.000 monthly sales milestone (5.114), the first Tata passenger car to do so since the Indica/Vista in October 2013 while the Datsun RediGo confirms it is the most successful Datsun so far in India, up a further 5 spots and 35% on June to #21 and 3.940 sales – as a reminder the other two Datsuns monthly records are 2.690 in April 2014 for the GO and 1.563 in April 2015 for the GO+. Finally, we welcome the all-new VW Ameo, a Polo with a truncated boot, in the Indian sales charts at #32 with 2.200 deliveries to dealers for its inaugural month.

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India First Half 2016: Renault Kwid instant blockbuster, hurts Maruti Alto

Renault Kwid Maruti Alto India June 2016. Picture courtesy mid-day.comThe Renault Kwid has played a role in the Maruti Alto’s weakness so far this year.

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Halfway through 2016, Indian new car sales are up 4% year-on-year to 1.413.386 units, positioning this market just below the UK (1.420.636) in the fight for 5th worldwide place below China, the U.S., Japan and Germany. Maruti – the Indian subsidiary of Japanese carmaker Suzuki – manages to improve an already overwhelming market share to 46.4% thanks to sales slightly outpacing the market at +5% to 655.733 units. Its two followers, although light-years below, improve faster: Hyundai is up 9% to 243.441 and 17.2% share and Mahindra up 18% to 121.490 and 8.6%. But all is not rosy for carmakers present in India: within the Top 10, Honda (-22%), Tata (-16%), Toyota (-15%), Volkswagen (-13%) and Chevrolet (-32%) all fall heavily. The main event of this first half of 2016 in India is the roaring success of Renault.

The French carmaker is up 170% over the same period in 2015 thanks solely to the Kwid. The small crossover-looking entry-level hatch is an instant blockbuster in India, clocking up 66.000 sales in 10 months and flirting with the 10,000 monthly sales. Meanwhile the market leader and direct Kwid competitor the Maruti Alto is dropping to 15.750 in June, its lowest level in 4 years, and is down 16% so far in 2016. Clearly the Kwid has hurt the performance of the Alto. See the video above for what local magazine Autocar India had to say about the Kwid vs. its direct competitors the Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India June 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza was the best-selling SUV in India in May. 

Maruti’s best-sellers are struggling this year, with the DZire down 14% in 2nd place and the Swift down 26% to #4, cannibalised by the Baleno, the 2nd most popular all-new nameplate over the period at 47.355 sales below just the Kwid (48.126). The Hyundai Grand i10 (+16%) is in great shape, even snapping its very first podium ranking in June, while the Hyundai Creta is the best-selling SUV in the country with 45.605 units. It will however be under intense pressure from the Maruti Vitara Brezza over H2 2016. Small Indian crossovers are having the time of their life: the Mahindra KUV100 (26.142) and TUV300 (14.617) are the next most popular launches of 2016.

Datsun RediGO India June 2016. Picture courtesy motorworldindia.comThe Datsun RediGO is off to a much better start than the GO or GO+ before it. 

If the Tata Tiago is slowly climbing up the ladder (#17 in June), the Datsun RediGO could be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling reborn marque, up 25% so far this year to 13.572 sales and 1% share with the RediGO beating both the brand’s previous attempts for its first full month of sales in June at 2.925 units vs. all-time bests of 2.690 for the GO and 1.563 for the GO+.

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India June 2016: Hyundai Grand i10 on podium, Renault Kwid up to #5

Hyundai Grand i10 India June 2016. Picture courtesy autocarindia.comThe Hyundai Grand i10 posts its very first podium finish in India in June. 

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The Indian new car market slows down its growth in June to just +2% to 222.252 ex-factory deliveries, partly due to fire outbreak in one of Maruti’s plants which incurred a 10% year-on-year drop for the market leader to 92.133 sales and a meagre 41.5% share vs. 46.4% year-to-date. Hyundai and Mahindra both improve by 10%, Toyota is up 30%, Tata up 22%, Renault up 173%, Ford up 109% and Datsun up 188% but Honda implodes at -38%.

India 2016 06 A segmentThe Renault Kwid’s impact on Maruti Alto sales is clearcut. 

The reason behind Renault’s surge is well-known: after a slump in May, the Kwid is back to its now-legendary glory with 9.450 sales at a best-ever 5th place. The Maruti Alto is clearly hit at -25% to just 15.750 sales, its lowest monthly score in almost four years – since August 2012 when sales were disrupted by labour unrest… The Maruti DZire (-29%), Wagon R (-10%) and Swift (-48%) also struggle, meaning the Hyundai Grand i10 leaps onto the podium for the very first time thanks to deliveries up 41% to 12.678. The Toyota Innova continues on its impressive run with the new Crysta generation at #8 (+97%) while the Hyundai Creta reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in India at 7.700 sales vs. 6.673 for the Maruti Vitara Brezza.

Dastun RediGO India June 2016. Picture courtesy automobilians.comDatsun RediGO India June 2016. Picture courtesy ndtv.comThe RediGO is already Datsun’s biggest success in India.

The Tata Tiago improves 6 spots and 28% on its May score to land at #17 with 4.205 sales, the best scores of any Tata nameplate since the Indica/Vista hit #16 and 4.287 units in March 2014Ford is pushed by the Ecosport (+26%) and Aspire (#31) while for recently-resucitated brand Datsun the story is starting to get interesting. The GO, launched in February 2014, peaked at a paltry 2,690 sales in April 2014 while the GO+ was even more of a flop, with a personal best of just 1.563 in April 2015. The RediGO beats them both for its first full month of deliveries, up 30 spots on its inaugural May ranking to #26 with 2.925 sales. Could Datsun have cracked the magic formula with the RediGo, based on the same platform as the Kwid?

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India May 2016: Innova up, Kwid down, Datsun RediGo lands

Toyota Innova Crysta India May 2016. Picture courtesy quikr.comThe new Innova Crysta lifts Toyota to 4th place overall.

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The Indian new car market is up a hot 7.5% year-on-year in May to 229.367 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 7.6% to 1.188.119 units. The Top 4 brands all beat the market, resulting in a consolidation atop the ranking: leader Maruti is up 11% to 113.162 sales and a mammoth 49.3% share vs. 47.4% year-to-date, Hyundai is up 10% to 18% share and Mahindra is up 14% to 8% of the market. Toyota gains three spots on April and its year-to-date ranking to land at #4 with 12.614 deliveries (+10%), mainly due to the success of the new generation Innova Crysta, up 44% on the previous model a year ago. Honda freefalls at -26% as the all-new BR-V up 21 spots to #29 cannot compensate the crumbling down of its bread-and-butter City (-56%) and Amaze (-62%). Similarly, Tata (-23%) is now relying on the Tiago for 38% of its total sales now that the Indica (-72%) and Manza (-71%) have all but disappeared and the Nano (-37%), Zest (-17%) and Bolt (-17%) are getting even more discreet by the minute.

Renault Kwid India May 2016. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comSurprisingly low score for the Renault Kwid this month. 

But the surprise comes from Renault, brilliantly up to #4 in April but back down to #7 with 3.6% share this month – still up 132% year-on-year however. The reason: the Kwid drops 43% on April from 9.795 to just 5.600 units. This goes against what the order books and the ramping up of the production would have let us to believe, but Renault advances factory maintenance and parts disruption as a justification. The French carmaker is the new kid on the block in India and cannot afford to lose the ground it has gained so fast in the past twelve months: Maruti and its Alto are already starting to breathe a sigh of relief at -12% vs. -23% last month… Ford (+22%) and Datsun (+37%) are the only two other mainstream brands to gain ground year-on-year.

Datsun Redi-GOThe Datsun RediGo has landed in India. 

Back to the Alto falling below 20.000 monthly sales but remaining on top above the DZire (-14%) and Wagon R (+6%) while the Swift skids 28% due to increased cannibalisation from the Baleno, hitting its best ranking so far this year at #7. The Hyundai Grand i10 posts its strongest volume of the year: up a splendid 19% to 12.055 with the Elite i20 close behind a 10.472 (+1%). The Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks into the overall Top 10 for the first time to remain the most popular SUV in India, but just: at 7.193 sales, the Hyundai Creta (7.057) is breathing on its neck while the Mahindra KUV100 confirms it is an instant blockbuster at #3 in the SUV placing (4.446). The Maruti Ciaz is segment leader by far at #15 with 5.188 sales vs. just 3.305 for the Honda City. Finally, we welcome the Datsun RediGo at #56 with 576 sales. Although aimed at the Maruti Alto and Renault Kwid, it will struggle to reach the same heights based on the poor performances of the GO and GO+ before it.

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India April 2016: Leader Alto down 23%, hit by Kwid?

Renault-Kwid-Vs-Alto India April 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiIs the Renault Kwid responsible for the Maruti Alto’s 23% drop this month?

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The Indian light vehicle market is enjoying a speedy recovery this year with April volumes up 12% to 241.720 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 958.752, up 7% on the same period in 2015. Gains have been restricted to the cities though, with the countryside still lagging behind according to local publication Autocarpro.co.in. The big news this month is the 23% drop of the Maruti Alto to just 16.583 sales, its lowest monthly score in almost three years (since May 2013). Two theories on this drop: either Maruti is slowing down production in preparation for the facelifted version coming up shortly, or its direct competitor and recently launched the Renault Kwid (another record 9.795 sales this month) has hit it at its core. Given vehicle sales in India are ex-factory deliveries to dealerships, the latter option is well within the realm of possibles: dealers are now reacting to a possible Alto weakness by ordering less.

156372The Renault Kwid has eaten into Maruti Alto sales since its launch last September. 

Impressively, the Alto drop as well as those of the Swift (-15%) and DZire (-28%) do not affect Maruti’s results in the least: the manufacturer even beats the market with sales up 16% to 117.045 for a mammoth 48.4% market share vs. 47% so far in 2016. This is the result of very strong performances by two nameplates launched in the past year: the Baleno is up 3 spots on March to #8 with 9.562 sales and, most interestingly, the Vitara Brezza launched last month is up to an excellent #12 with 7.832 units, missing out on the “#1 SUV in India” title by a mere 68 units to the Hyundai Creta (7.900). On top of it, the Wagon R resists well (+10%), the antediluvian Omni is up 28% in 10th place and the Ciaz up 22% to 5.702 sales, threatening the Honda City, segment leader at 5.793 units (-29%).

Maruti Vitara Brezza India April 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiwaadi.com2nd month on sale and just missing out on the #1 SUV in India title: the Maruti Vitara Brezza. 

Hyundai (+10%) improves slightly slower than the market but still manages a strong 17.5% share vs. 16.9% year-to-date while Mahindra is up 22% in third position to 21.108 units and 8.7% thanks to the success of its new range of small SUVs: the KUV100 up to #19 with 5.097 sales, the TUV300 ranks #31 with 1.928 but the NuvoSport is down a worrying 13 spots for its 2nd month in market at #54 with 553 sales. The Bolero suffers though: it is down 34% and longer the best-selling SUV in the country, a title that now goes to the Hyundai Creta for now.

Ford Endeavour India April 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe Ford Endeavour outsells the Toyota Fortuner to lead its segment.

Taking advantage of a particularly weak month by Honda down 17% to #6 despite the arrival of the BR-V (#50), Renault signs a fantastic 4th place overall with 12.426 sales, more than triple its April 2015 volume (+211%) and the brand’s new monthly record, beating its March result by two units. One culprit: the Kwid. It is now time for Renault to crank up its production again to see whether it can truly threaten the reign of the Maruti Alto, which would be an incredible performance for the French manufacturer. In 5th position, Tata is up just 3% as its much-anticipated (and -needed) Tiago is back in the charts at #24 with 3.022 sales. This is still meagre in a segment where it would need to reach at last 8.000 monthly units to play with the big boys. Notice also Mercedes up 16% and Ford up 37% thanks to the Aspire (#40) and Endeavour up 11 spots on March to #51 and now segment leader above the Toyota Fortuner (-69%).

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India March 2016: Renault Kwid officially a hit, breaks into Top 5

Renault Kwid India March 2016Officially a blockbuster: the Renault Kwid

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The Indian new vehicle market is in good shape in March, the last month of the local financial year, with sales up 7% year-on-year 252.445 units – also lifting the 1st quarter total up 7% to 717.032 sales. Maruti brilliantly beats the market with volumes up 15% to 118.895 and 47.1% share, distancing Hyundai at 16.3% (+4%) and Mahindra at 9.3% (+16%). Honda (-23%), Tata (-44%) and Toyota (-43%) all drown, whereas Ford (+44%) shines but once again the hero of the month is French manufacturer Renault which sees sales almost triple year-on-year (+160%) to an all-time record 12.424 units and 4.9% share, earning it a sparkling 5th place overall in the brands ranking. All this thanks to the sales hit of 2016 so far: the Renault Kwid.

Maruti Alto 800 Renault Kwid Hyundai Eon India March 2016. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comBattle for ultra low-cost supremacy: can the Kwid tease the Alto?

As predicted last month, the Kwid surges 29% on its February score to hit 9.743 sales now that its monthly production rate has been increased to 10.000 units. The Kwid beats all Hyundais to become the best-selling non-Maruti nameplate in India – officially crowing it as a blockbuster – and has now sold 41.205 units since its launch just six months ago. Note the final ranking places it at #6 but Hyundai i20 (1.934) and Elite i20 (8.713) sales are combined. The Kwid beats the Elite i20 alone. At this rate, the Kwid should hit 100.000 sales within 12 months of launch by September 2016, a historical milestone for Renault which is still a very young brand in India. From a tiny 1.406 units in 2011, Renault went on to sell 35.157 cars in India in 2012, 64.368 in 2013 thanks to the success of the Duster, 44.793 in 2014 and 53.418 in 2015. Led by Carlos Ghosn, the company has managed to leverage learnings stemming from a decade of low-cost manufacturing through the “entry range” sold under the Dacia brand in Europe and northern Africa, but also learn from partner company Nissan’s Datsun debacle in India to finally crack the ultra low-cost equation.

2-1Maruti sales and market share – past 15 years. Source: autopunditz.com 

Maruti Vitara Brezza India March 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comFirst month of sales for the Maruti Vitara Brezza, landing directly at #15.

As usual, Maruti has a tight grip on the rest of the Top 10 best-selling models, monopolising the Top 4 with the Alto (-11%), DZire (-1%), Wagon R (-4%) and Swift (-13%) but also adding the Celerio (+75%) and Omni (+9%) with the all-new Baleno lurking at #11 with a solid 6.236 sales. But wait there’s more: March sees the launch of the much anticipated Vitara Brezza – a shorter version of the Vitara sold worldwide – landing directly at an outstanding 15th place with 5.563 units sold. This places the Brezza already at #3 in the Indian SUV ranking below the Hyundai Creta (8.163) and Mahindra Bolero (6.211).

Mahindra NuvoSport India March 2016Mahindra launches its third small SUV in 7 months: the NuvoSport. 

Mahindra can’t stop churning out new SUVs: after the TUV300 last September (#27 this month) and the KUV100 last January (#20 in March), we now welcome the NuvoSport, yet another mini-crossover with polarising design. The NuvoSport lands at #41 with 1.298 sales in March. With a lot resting on its shoulders, the Tata Tiago cannot afford a flop. Yet it looks like we are headed this way again, which would make it three flops in a row for Tata after the bolted launches of the Bolt (#50) and Zest (#33). The Tiago disappears from the ranking with zero sales this month. Keep in mind Indian sales are wholesale figures (ex-factory), so this means Tata dealers didn’t order any more Tiago in March after getting just over 1.000 in February.

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India February 2016: Renault Kwid hits #8 overall, Tata Tiago lands

Renault Kwid India February 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comThe Renault Kwid crosses the 7.500 monthly sales in February.

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Timid growth for new car sales in India in February: up 2.5% year-on-year to 233.335 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total after two months is up 6.5% to 464.587 units. Maruti-Suzuki shaves off scraps of market share with stable sales to 108.115 delivers and 46.3% share, towering above Hyundai up 9% to 17.4% while Mahindra benefits from the recent launches of the KUV100 and TUV300 with sales up 28% to 22.275 and 9.5% share. Honda (-23%), Tata (-20%) and Toyota (-13%) crumble down whereas Renault shoots up 158% to 7th place and 8.834 sales.

Tata Tiago India February 2016. Picture courtesy gaadi.comTata Tiago. Picture Gaadi.com

Once again the big story in the models ranking is the gearing up of the Renault Kwid, hitting a new ranking record at #8 and a new delivery high at 7.544 sales now that the production has been increased to 8.000 units/month to be further boosted to 10.000 in March. Local analysts are unanimous: the Kwid should hit 10.000 sales in the coming months. This is shaping up to be an outstanding success in India for the French manufacturer that may well have cracked the ultra low-cost equation. The Maruti Alto (-17%) seems affected while the Hyundai Eon (-23%) is beaten. For comparison in a very difficult segment, the Datsun GO never managed more than 2.690 monthly sales (April 2014) and the Tata Nano peaked at 10.475 units in March 2012 but hasn’t delivered a 5.000+ sales month in over 3 years.

Mahindra KUV100 India February 2016. Picture courtesy autocarindia.comThe Mahindra KUV100 is now among India’s 20 best-selling nameplates. 

Hyundai maintains its best-sellers at very high levels, placing three nameplates in the Top 7: the Elite i20 (-1%), Grand i10 (+2%) and Creta, beating its monthly sales record at 8.196 units. The Maruti Baleno (6.888 sales) is kicked outside the Top 10 at #11 but remains strong, the Maruti Ciaz (-5%) takes the lead of its segment above the Honda City (-25%), the Mahindra KUV100 breaks into the Top 20 for its 2nd month of sales at 4.486 units, the Maruti S-Cross stabilises around 2.500 sales (#27) and the Datsun GO gets a 2nd wind with sales up 98% to 1.414 (#35). After rushing to rename the car from Zica due to the Brazilian virus outbreak, Tata places the Tiago at #41 with 1.096 units for its appearance in the Indian charts. The next few month will tell whether this tiny vehicle can revive Tata’s hopes after the brutal flops of the Nano, Bolt and Zest.

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India January 2016: Mahindra hits the mark with the KUV100

Mahindra KUV100 India January 2016. Picture courtesy zigwheels.comMahindra KUV100. Picture zigwheels.com

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After gaining a robust 9% in 2015, the Indian new car market starts 2016 virtually immobile (+0.2%) at 231.252 registrations. Maruti gains 1% to a mammoth 46% market share, followed by Hyundai up 9% to 16.4%. In third position, Mahindra is up a stunning 15% to 20.693 units and 8.9% share, thanks to two successful crossover launches in the past few months: the TUV300 maintains itself inside the Top 20 for the 2nd time running, and the KUV100 lands directly at #23 with 3.413 units for its maiden appearance in the Indian sales charts. The Bolero (-29%), XUV500 (-24%) and Scorpio (-20%) are hit but lose less sales than these new entrants bring. Honda (-6%), Tata (-18%) and Toyota (-33%) on the other hand lose significant ground.

Renault Kwid Suzuki Alto India January 2016. Picture auto.ndtv.comThe Renault Kwid is not threatening the Maruti Alto for 1st place just yet, but is headed to Brazil.

Up 151% in 8th place we find French manufacturer Renault with 8.031 sales, 5.985 of which come from the Kwid (#13). Indian sales data are ex-factory deliveries to dealers and these seem to have plateau’ed for the Kwid, despite the 6 month-waiting time and reported 100.000 orders. The situation should change in the next few months though. Renault India CEO Sumit Sawhney recently told India Today Kwid production at its factory in Oragadam near Chennai will increase to 8.000 units/month in February and 10.000 in March. But these won’t all be for India, and may not impact the Kwid’s ranking here. The French carmaker will start exporting the Kwid as SKDs (semi-knocked down units) to Brazil in March… Renault reported they already received 100.000 bookings in Brazil since the announcement. More on this here. A one-litre engine capacity and automatic variants were unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo last week. Renault is confident it will hit 100.000 sales in India in 2016.

Ford Endeavour India January 2016. Picture courtesy zigwheels.comFord Endeavour. Picture zigwheels.com

Further down the ranking, the Ford Endeavour (aka Everest) reappears in the Indian ranking thanks to the new generation at #56 with 480 sales, already putting a dent in the sales of its nemesis: the Toyota Fortuner, down 46% to 825 units. The Fiat Abarth Punto goes completely unnoticed at #99 with 17 deliveries. Finally, the Tata Zica should have made its grand entrance in the Indian sales charts this month, however the Indian manufacturer had to postpone is launch while it is securing a new name from the model in the wake of the spreading epidemy of the Zika virus in Brazil…

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India Full Year 2015: Maruti tightens grip on record market

Hyundai Elite i20 India November 2014. Picture courtesy of zeegnition.comThe Hyundai Elite i20 redefines the ‘premium’ segment in India. Picture zeegnition.com

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The Indian new car market flies off to an all-time record year in 2015 at 2.771.617 registrations, up 9% on 2014 and beating the previous all-time best of 2.65 million units in 2012. Note these figures dosn’t include LCV sales. Local behemoth Maruti Suzuki is far from succumbing to the constant afflux of new brands and models coming into the booming Indian market, and is actually tightening its grip thanks to a growing offer tailored very precisely to the unique needs of the Indian customer. Maruti goes from 43.1% share of its home market in 2013 to 45.2% in 2014 and 46.5% this year, now seriously flirting with a mind-blowing 50% overall market share – a milestone it crossed for the first time in July.

Maruti Baleno India 2015. Picture courtesy autocarindia.comMaruti Baleno. Picture autocarindia.com

For the fourth consecutive year the 4 best-selling nameplates in India are Marutis: Alto (+3%), DZire (+12%), Swift (+2%) and Wagon R (+7%), the latter 3 all breaking their all-time annual volume records. But the real source of optimism comes from recent launches delivering very solid results: the Celerio is now a regular Top 10 seller, up 23% to #8 this year, the Ciaz has found its way to #16 for its first full year in a difficult segment, but the most promising of all is the Baleno distributed exclusively in Maruti Suzuki’s new premium Nexa dealership network and achieving 23.875 deliveries in just 3 months, including a stunning 10.275 in December- albeit partly at the expense of the Swift.

Hyundai Creta India 2015. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comThe Creta boosted Hyundai to a string of monthly volume records. Picture motorbeam.com

It has been a breakthrough year for Hyundai in India: the Korean manufacturer sold over 40.000 monthly units for the first time ever in August, and remained at that level through to the end of the year, establishing a new monthly volume record at 47.015 in October and naturally a new annual volume record at 476.001 units, up 16% on 2014. Hyundai will be above the half-million mark in 2016, a very impressive achievement. This means Maruti and Hyundai hold a combined 63.7% share of the Indian market in 2015: almost 2 in every 3 cars sold in the country! Hyundai’s performance stems from excellent scores by the Elite i20 up 88% to 5th place overall for its first full year in market, the Grand i10 up 20% to #6 and the Creta SUV – the most popular new entrant in 2015 at #20 with 40.952 sales, peaking at #8 from August to October.

Renault Kwid India 2015. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comThe Kwid could lift Renault to #5 in 2016. Picture motorbeam.com

Mahindra drops 1% but remains in third place overall, under intense pressure from Honda (+13%) bolstered by the City (#9) and a very successful relaunch of the Jazz nameplate (#25). Tata (+10%) edges past Toyota (+5%) for 5th place but the all-new Zest (#27) and Bolt (#43) have been the biggest disappointments of 2015. In December Renault entered the race for 5th place, delivering its first-ever 5-digit monthly score (10.292) thanks to a very impressive start for the Kwid (80.000 bookings). The French carmaker will top 100.000 annual units in 2016 and could tease both Tata and Toyota. Chevrolet (-37%) and Nissan (-41%) crumble down, and if Datsun is up 45% it’s mainly due to the addition of the GO+ which delivered lukewarm results. Mercedes (+33%) reclaims the luxury crown off Audi.

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