India First Half 2017: Top Five is 100% Maruti in record market up 8%

The Baleno makes it five Marutis in the Top Five so far in 2017. 

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Despite a GST-related hiccup in June (-11%), the India new light vehicle market gallops ahead over the First Half of 2017 with a solid 8% year-on-year improvement to a record 1.524.631 units. Maruti Suzuki almost double the market growth with a 14% gain to an all-time high 49.2% market share, having crossed the symbolic 50% share barrier three times over the period: in January (50.5%), April and May (both at 52%). That Maruti is able to improve on an already ultra-dominant market share is testimony to its excellence at filling every niche of the market, including the successful launch of the new premium Nexa channel distributing the very successful Baleno. Below, Hyundai (+4%) and Mahindra (-7%) fail to match the market growth while Honda (+10%) and Tata (+22%) beat it. Toyota is up 1% to 6th place whereas Renault drops two spots to fall to #7 due to sales down 8% as the Kwid’s honeymoon period is over. Ford (+9%), Volkswagen (+14%), Datsun (+47%) and Skoda (+15%) all improve their market shares compared to a year ago.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is now India’s best-selling SUV.

The new generation Maruti DZire sedan is available in India well before the Swift hatch.

The Maruti Alto continues to reign supreme over the Indian models ranking even though it trails the market growth at +5% to just over 122.000 units. The rest of the Top 10 is drastically reshuffled, with Maruti trusting the Top 5 for the first time in history. The Swift leaps up 14% from #4 to #2 even though the new generation of the model isn’t available yet in India, the Wagon R stays at #3, the DZire is down 18% to #4 just as the new generation launches and the more premium Baleno is up 60% to break into the YTD Top 5 in 5th place. As a result, the Hyundai Grand i10 and Elite i20 are relegated to #6 and #7 respectively, despite improve by 20% and 12%. It has taken just over a year for the Maruti Vitara Brezza to impose itself as the favourite SUV in India, up 11 spots to #8 and breaking its volume record three times this year. It distances the Hyundai Creta (+12%) by almost 10.000 units. Note the Top 10 models are only composed of Marutis and Hyundais.

The Maruti Ignis is the most popular newcomer in India, just above the Honda WR-V. 

The Renault Kwid (-2%) slips out of the Top 10 in 11th place, whereas the Mahindra Bolero (+22%) and Maruti Ertiga (+21%) post solid gains. Just over one year-old, the Tata Tiago settles in the Indian Top 20m becoming and by far the brand’s best-seller at home. The most popular newcomer in the ranking is the Maruti Ignis. landing at #21 with a little over 27.000 sales, peaking at #19 in March. That’s one spot down on the Honda WR-V’s best ranking of #18 reached in June. For now, the WR-V places 26th so far in 2017 but has cannibalised the Jazz it now outsells (-19%). The Tata Tigor (#35), VW Ameo (#39), Tata Hexa (#42), Hyundai Tucson (#73), Ford Mustang (#82) and VW Tiguan (#83) are the other newcomers in the Indian sales charts halfway through 2017.

Previous post: India June 2017: GST price drop anticipation sinks market down 11%

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India June 2017: GST price drop anticipation sinks market down 11%

The Hyundai Grand i10 ranks #2 in India for the first time. 

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India is currently going through its most significant tax reform this century with a reorganisation of the GST. This has had a devastating impact on wholesales of cars this month, as both customers and manufacturers are holding off buying and ordering new stock in anticipation of a steep price decrease following the new GST implementation. As a result, the Indian market is down a very unusual 11% year-on-year to 197.204 units, yet the year-to-date tally is still up a solid 8% on the same period in 2016 to 1.524.621 units. The Indian market should however bounce right back in July and for the remainder of the year as reduced prices will draw customers into dealerships en masse.

The Honda WR-V breaks into the Indian Top 20 in June. Picture hindustantimes.com 

Never failing to impress, market leader Maruti Suzuki ignores the surrounding gloom and posts a 1% sales increase to 47.2% share, however two percentage points below its YTD level. In 2nd place, Hyundai is down 6% but posts a stunning 19% market share, to be compared to 16.6% YTD. Mahindra (-4%) holds onto the third place while Honda signs a brilliant 12% gain to 6.5% share thanks to the success of the new Civic and WR-V. Tata evolves like the market at -11%, Renault crumbles down at -42% as it is now completely dependent on the score of the Renault Kwid – also down 42% in June. Ford also struggles at -35% but not as much as Toyota, down a devastating 85% to just 1.973 sales as the manufacturer holds off on despatching new stock of models that will feature some of the largest price drops in July, including notably the Fortuner.

Hyundai Elite i20. Picture zeegnition.com 

The Maruti Alto remains the most popular nameplate in the country, dropping slower than the market at -6% to 14.856 wholesale deliveries. The surprise this month comes from the Hyundai Grand i10, up three spots on May to a record-breaking 2nd place. The only other time the Grand i10 ranked on the Indian podium was exactly a year ago (#3 in June 2016). The Maruti DZire is back up 5 ranks on last month to #3 but freefalls 23% year-on-year ahead of the Maruti Wagon R down 11%. The Hyundai Elite i20 soars 18% to reclaim the best-selling premium hatch title at #5 vs. #7 for the Maruti Baleno (+30%). The Maruti Vitara Brezza continues to impress at +24% in 8th place, distancing the Hyundai Creta (-16%) in the SUV race.

The Renault Kwid is down 42% in June, pulling Renault down with it. Picture motorbeam.com

Further down, the Mahindra Bolero leaps up 70% to #11, the Tata Tiago is up 29% year-on-year and five spots on May to rank #13, equaling its best posting also held last November, the Honda City is up 45% and the Maruti Ertiga up 80%. Among recent launches, the Honda WR-V impresses, breaking into the Top 20 at #1 with 4.243 sales, its best monthly volume so far. The Tata Tigor is stable at #26 and the VW Ameo is up 9 spots to #33.

Previous month: India May 2017: Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks record in market up 8%

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

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India May 2017: Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks record in market up 8%

The Maruti Vitara Brezza once again breaks its volume record. Picture Gaadi.com

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New wholesale car sales in India are up a vigorous 8% year-on-year in May to 250.609 units, despite the uncertainty brought about by the implementation of GST. Year-to-date, the Indian market is up 11% to a record 1.327.427 units after five months. Among mass market brands, only Toyota (-13%) and Volkswagen (-10%) lose ground. Reversely, martlet leader Maruti continues to go from strength to strength with a further 15% surge to remain at a historically high 52% market share.

Hyundai (16.8%) and Mahindra (7.5%) complete the podium, both posting a meagre 2% year-on-year gain, while Honda (+13%) thanks to the new WR-V and Tata (+26%) thanks to the new Tiago and Tigor, both shine, as does Ford (+17%) in 8th place. This month marks the momentous announcement by General Motors that it is exiting the Indian market, and accordingly Chevrolet sales tumble down 86% this month. All premium brands continue to struggle.

After being outsold by the Maruti Swift last month, the Maruti Alto reclaims the pole position it traditionally holds in India with sales up 19% year-on-year, just as the Swift continues to shine in 2nd place at +34%. The Maruti Dzire suffers from a facelift transition at -45%, allowing the Maruti Wagon R to pass it year-to-date and claim third place. Both the Hyundai Grand i10 and Elite i20 comfortably post five-digit sales figures but the best performer in the Top 10 is the Maruti Vitara Brezza: up 72% year-on-year to equal its ranking record at #6 overall (also hit in July 2016) and break its volume record for the third month running at 12.375. Notice also the Maruti Ertiga up 72%, the Mahindra Bolero up 55% and the Tata Tiago up 49% to #18. Among recent launches, the Maruti Ignis has stabilised around the 20th spot and the Honda WR-V and Tata Tigor around the 25th place.

Previous month: India April 2017: Maruti, Swift and Baleno all beat volume records

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India April 2017: Maruti, Swift and Baleno all beat volume records

The Maruti Swift smashes its Indian volume record in April.

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The Indian new car market is going from strength to strength this year with April wholesale volumes up another 15% year-on-year to 277.148, lifting the year-to-date tally to 1.076.818, up 12% on the same period in 2016. Market leader Maruti Suzuki once again manages to cross the 50% market share milestone at 52% thanks to sales up a stunning 23% year-on-year to 144.081, a new all-time monthly record for the brand, beating the 137.277 hit last September. Maruti’s market share record remains 52.2% from last November. Hyundai trails the market growth at +6% in 2nd place with Mahindra freefalling 16% at #3. Honda (+38%), Toyota (+52%) and Tata (+22%) all post brilliant gains but Renault loses steam at -23% now that the Kwid (-19%) is old news. Volkswagen (+21%), Datsun (+71%) and Skoda (+50%) also shine but Fiat (-40%) tumbles down.

Big surprise atop the Indian models ranking this month: taking the overall lead, the Maruti Swift is up 52% on April 2016 to smash its volume record to 23.802 from 19.669 in January 2015. Note the new generation Swift hasn’t arrived yet in India whereas bookings for the facelifted Swift DZire sedan variant are now open. The Maruti Alto follows with an equally impressive 36% gain while the Maruti Baleno is up 83% to a second consecutive volume record at 17.530. The Maruti Wagon R delivers its 2nd highest ever volume at 16.348 (+7%) just below its record of 16.645 from last September and the Hyundai Elite i20 does exactly the same at 12.668 below the 12.812 units hit in March 2015.

Finally, in a month of records the Maruti Vitara Brezza (+36%) improves its personal best to 10.653 sales, remaining the country’s best-selling SUV just above the Hyundai Creta (9.213). Among recent launches, the Maruti Ignis slides down 3% on last month but remains inside the Top 20, the Tata Tigor improves 21% on it inaugural month and the Honda WR-V is down 15% but strong at #26, Honda’s second best-seller below the City.

Previous month: India March 2017: Maruti Baleno shoots up to #2 in market up 12%

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

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India March 2017: Maruti Baleno shoots up to #2 in market up 12%

 The Maruti Baleno posts its best month so far in India. Picture motorbeam.com

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The Indian new car market continues on their great momentum with sales up 12% year-on-year in March to 280.597, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11% to just under 800.000 units at 799.670, a new Q1 record. Market leaders Maruti (+7%) and Hyundai (+9%) are in positive but trail the market growth whereas Mahindra drops 1% in third place above Honda (+9%). The heroes of the Top 10 are below. Tata gains 83% thanks to the Tiago (#23) and the arrival of the all-new sedan Tigor (#27), Toyota is up 81% thanks to the Innova Crysta (+159%) and the new Fortuner (+328%), Volkswagen is up 34% thanks to the Ameo and Datsun up 150% thanks to the redi-GO posting its largest monthly volume since last October (2.969).

The all-new Tigor helps Tata sales up 83% this month. 

But the real action is in the models ranking: below the Maruti Alto the traditional leader of the Indian sales charts, we find for the first time the more premium Maruti Baleno – exclusively sold in the new Nexa dealership channel – jumping from #12 in February to #2 this month with a stunning 16.426 units, by far its largest monthly volume so far. The Maruti DZire (-11%) is knocked down to #3 whereas the Maruti Swift (+7%) gains one spot on last month to #4. Below the Hyundai Grand i10 in great shape at +31%, the Hyundai Elite i20 signs its best volume in two years at 12.394 (+16%) with the Maruti Wagon R in tow (-17%).

The Innova Crysta helps Toyota sales up 81% in March. Picture quickr.com 

The Renault Kwid posts a five-digit sales figure for the first time since last September and the third time ever, the Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks its volume record for one unit at 10.057 and the Hyundai Creta does the same for the 2nd month in a row, passing the 10.000 units benchmark (just!) for the first time ever. This means no less than ten nameplates have sold over 10.000 units this month in India, a record. Further down the ranking, the Maruti Ignis breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #19 with an al-time best 5.209 sales, the Honda WR-V shoots up 36 spots on its inaugural month to a splendid 24th place

Previous month: India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

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

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India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 climbs up to #4 overall in February. Picture carandbike.com

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New car sales in India are up by a robust 9% year-on-year in February to 254.357 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 519.073. Leader Maruti Suzuki is back below 50% market share at 47.4% but still outpaces the market with a 12% gain to 120.599 units. Hyundai follows with a shy 4% improvement to 16.6% share, ahead of Mahindra struggling at -15%, Honda, Tata and Toyota all up 12% and Renault up 27%. Ford (+52%), Volkswagen (+58%) and Datsun (+73%) impress all within the Top 10 but beyond, Chevrolet (-19%), BMW (-25%), Mercedes (-25%), Audi (-27%), Nissan (-32%) and Fiat (-48%) are in bad shape.

Renault Kwid Maruti Alto India June 2016. Picture courtesy mid-day.comThe Maruti Alto continues to suffer from the competition with the Renault Kwid,

Model-wise, the Maruti Alto stays on top (19.524 sales) but continues to be hampered by its direct rival the Renault Kwid (9.648) with sales down 8%. In fact, all Marutis in the Top 5 lose ground year-on-year with the DZire and Wagon R both down 5% and the Swift down 20% to #5, cannibalised by the Baleno up 11% to 7.658 units at #12. The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 surges 45% year-on-year to 12.862 sales to nudge up one spot to #4, outselling the Maruti Swift for the first time since last June when it ranked third overall. The Maruti Vitara Brezza crosses the 10.000 monthly sales milestone for the 2nd time after last October at 10.046, distancing the Hyundai Creta (+10%) and Mahindra Bolero (-13%).

The Honda WR-V has landed in India.

Great performers inside the Top 25 include the Maruti Eeco (+20%), Toyota Innova Crysta (+22%), Honda City (+29%), Maruti Celerio (+62%) and Ford Ecosport (+73%). Among recent launches, the Tata Tiago retracts down 3 spots to #20 with 5.365 sales, the Maruti Ignis is stuck at #21 and sees its sales drop 3.5% from its inaugural month in January, the Datsun RediGo is up 7 spots to #29 and 2.404 sales, its best ranking since November and highest monthly score since last October and the Tata Hexa already freefalls 32% to #40 whereas it’s only been in market two months. Finally, we welcome the Honda WR-V into the Indian sales charts directly at #60 but it should climb up the ladder pretty quickly over the coming months.

Previous month: India January 2017: All-new Ignis helps Maruti across 50% share

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

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India January 2017: All-new Ignis helps Maruti across 50% market share

The Maruti Ignis targets Indian millennials. Picture rushlane.com

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Excellent start of the year for the Indian new car market with wholesale registrations up 14% to 264.716. Market leader Maruti manages to almost double the market growth rate at a stunning +26% to 133.768 sales, crossing the symbolic 50% share at 50.5% for only the third time in history after last November (52.2%) and July 2015 (50.4%). Hyundai trails the overall growth at +11% to 15.9% share, one percentage point below its FY16 level, with Mahindra rounding up the podium despite deliveries down 7% and Honda back up 3 spots on December to #4 in spite of sales down 9% year-on-year. Both Tata and Toyota beat the market with a 21% each, while Renault (+9%), Ford (+13%) and Datsun (+129%) are also in frank positive territory. Luxury brands all drop by double-digit figures including Mercedes (-25%), Audi (-27%), BMW (-27%) and Porsche (-39%).

Some Indian millennials already see in the Ignis a neo-retro version of the 1980s Maruti 800… 

The Maruti Alto (+7%) and DZire (+3%) remain atop the models charts, with the Wagon R (+17%) back above the Swft (+3%) for third place. The Hyundai Grand i10 (+31%) and Elite i20 (+19%) both post very solid gains, but not as impressive as the Maruti Celerio (+52%) and Baleno (+36%) ranking just below. The Vitara Brezza – once again India’s best-selling SUV at 8.932 – and Omni (+48%!) make it an astounding 8 Marutis in the Top 10. The Hyundai Creta (+20%) and Renault Kwid (+16%) are relegated to #11 and #12 respectively, despite market-beating performances Notice also the Maruti Ciaz (+20%) confirming its newfound position as premium sedan segment leader above the Honda City (-21%), the Tata Tiago remaining solid at #17 with 5.399 sales and the Toyota Innova Crysta up a whopping 50% to #20.

The Tata Hexa is the brand’s most expensive nameplate to date.

Helping Maruti across 50% market share is the all-new Ignis landing directly at #21 with an imposing 4.830 sales. Targeted at Indian millennials (all 440 million of them), it will be interesting to follow the career of the Ignis in India as its innovative format could either trigger a new segment trend or fall flat with very discerning Indian customers. We will know in the next few months whether the Ignis is deemed cool or lame by India. The second newcomer for January also holds big hopes for Tata, on the mend since the launch of the Tiago last year. The Hexa MPV is the brand’s most expensive nameplate to date at 11.99-17.49 Lakh (US$17.965-26.200). It enters a deserted segment as it slots in below the Toyota Innova Crysta and at the same price level as the previous generation Innova. If successful, the Hexa could help turn around the cheap and unreliable image the brand has been handicapped with since the Nano came out. For now, the Hexa lands at #38 with 1.498 deliveries.

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India Full Year 2016: The year Renault cracked the Indian market

Renault Kwid India 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comOver 100.000 Renault Kwid found a new home in India in 2016.

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The Indian new car market sails through a new all-time record in 2016 with sales up a robust 7% year-on-year to 2.957.360 wholesale deliveries. This is despite a weakening of the market towards the end of the year on the back of the “demonetisation” process, with November sales up just 2% and December down 1%. Note these figures don’t include Light Commercial Vehicles. Market leader Maruti-Suzuki continues to launch new models tailored ever more precisely to the Indian consumers, and thus manages to outpace its home market to reach a record 47.2% market share, from 43.1% in 2013, 45.2% in 2014 and 46.5% in 2015. The advance of Maruti at home seems unstoppable: the carmaker even hit an all-time high 52.2% in November, and it has almost all segments in market cornered, sometimes with multiple offerings.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India 2016. Picture courtesy gaadi.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza ranks just outsie the Top 10 for its first annual appearance in India.

Maruti has the 4 best-selling nameplates in the country for the fifth year in a row: the Alto is #1 for the 12th straight year (no interruption since 2005) and despite deliveries in frank decline at -10%. The Maruti Wagon R once again beats its annual volume record thanks to sales up 3% on 2015, but the DZire (-14%) and Swift (-19%) are affected by the very successful launch of the Baleno through a network of new, more sophisticated dealerships called NEXA. Despite being only available in 150 POS, the Baleno sold 107.066 units for its first full year in market, landing at a stunning 7th place overall. It posted four 10.000+ sales months and peaked at 11.093 in November. A second launch in 18 months that hit the bullseye for Maruti: the Vitara Brezza appeared in March and has been the #1 SUV in the country without interruption since August, peaking at 10.056 units in October. Finally, the Ciaz (+17%) takes the lead of the compact sedan segment where Maruti had been absent until recently, overtaking the Honda City (-31%).

Hyundai Creta India 2016 picture-courtesy-autoblog-com-arHyundai sold half a million vehicles in India in 2016. 

As we predicted last year, Hyundai crosses a very symbolic milestone in India in 2016: half a million annual sales. That’s a 5% improvement on 2015, resulting in a slightly lower market share at 16.9%. The Grand i10 becomes the carmaker’s best-seller thanks to sales improving 10% and overtaking the Elite i20 (-6%). But what Hyundai should be most proud of for 2016 is the tremendous success of the Creta, ending ten consecutive years of the Mahindra Bolero reign as India’s best-selling SUV and breaking into the overall Top 10 for its first full year of sales with over 90.000 units finding a new home. Local carmaker Mahindra posts a solid score at +9%, remaining in third position in the brands ranking. It compensates the decline of the Bolero (-23%), Scorpio (-8%) and XUV500 (-24%) with a slew of newly launched SUVs: the KUV100 (#24) and TUV300 (#29) while the NuvoSport fails to make an impact (#67).

Ford Endeavour India 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe Endeavour helps lift Ford sales up 10% in India in 2016. 

Honda freefalls 23% in 4th place with only the Jazz (+25%) gaining significant ground, while Tata (+2%) has stabilised its dropping volumes of the past few years thanks to the Tiago landing at #23 and peaking at #13 in November. Toyota drops 4% to 4.5% share with only the new Innova Crysta (#13) making it into the Top 25. Even though it only improves by one spot on last year to #7, 2016 is the year Renault cracked the Indian market with over 130.000 deliveries (+148%). After a failed attempt with the Datsun GO, the Renault-Nissan group has hit gold with the Kwid, ranking at an incredible 8th position overall for its first full year of sales with over 100.000 units and 124.000 since launch, and able to claim some responsibility in the sharp decline of Maruti Alto sales this year. Renault is now trying to replicate the Kwid’s success in South Africa and Latin America with launches in Brazil and Argentina happening as we write these lines.

Datsun RediGo Renault Kwid India July 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiwaadi.comDatsun hasn’t been able to replicate the Kwid’s success with the RediGO. 

Ford (+10%) outpaces the market thanks to the Aspire and Endeavour, Volkswagen (+12%) does so thanks to the launch of the Ameo (#44) and Datsun breaks into the manufacturers Top 10 thanks to deliveries doubling on 2015 to 38.014. However, after a very satisfying launch (3.940 sales in July – a record for a Datsun in India), the new RediGO is fading fast, with just 1.548 in December. Chevrolet (-20%), Fiat (-24%) and Nissan (-32%) implode while luxury brands are hit full frontal by the demonetisation and all post forgettable scores: Audi (-9%), Mercedes (-12%) and BMW (-21%) are all down by significant margins.

Previous month: India November 2016: Maruti breaks market share record at 52.2%

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India November 2016: Maruti breaks market share record at 52.2%

Maruti Baleno India November 2016. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comThe Maruti Baleno breaks its ranking and volume records in India this month. 

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The aftermath of the highly disruptive demonetisation process that India is going through has slowed down the growth of new wholesale car deliveries in the country, with a slim 2% year-on-year improvement to 241.840 units. However the year-to-date tally still showcases a very dynamic 10% gain to 2.729.807 deliveries. Local behemoth Maruti-Suzuki goes from strength to strength this year thanks to a string of perfectly-targeted new launches. Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary even smashes its all-time market share record in November, hitting a gargantuan 52.2% thanks to 126.220 sales. BSCB records show that the only other time Maruti-Suzuki crossed the symbolic 50% share barrier was in July 2015 (50.4%), however the market total did not include luxury brands such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, meaning Maruti’s try share was in fact below 50% then.

tata-tiago-india-november-2016-picture-courtesy-ibtimes-co-inThe Tata Tiago ranks among the 10 best-selling cars in India for the first time. 

Maruti illustrate this record-breaking performance by placing seven vehicles in the Top 8 and monopolising the Top Five for the first time in history with the Alto (+6%), DZire (-9%), Wagon R (+11%), Swift (+23%) and Baleno breaking its monthly volume and ranking records at #5 and 11.093 units (+22%). Hyundai (-8%) and Mahindra (-33%) are hit full frontal by the demonetisation effect but Tata (+21%) is back with a vengeance at #3 after years of paltry results thanks to one nameplate: the Tiago, accounting for 47% of the carmaker’s total sales in November. The small hatch posts a second consecutive month above 6.000 units and ranks among the ten best-selling passenger cars in the country for the first time ever (SUV excluded), #13 overall. Renault (+22% thanks to the Kwid), Volkswagen (+107% thanks to the Ameo) and Datsun (+143% thanks to the Redi-GO) also shine in the brands ranking.

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India October 2016: Hyundai breaks volume record in biggest month ever

hyundai-grand-i10-india-october-2016-picture-courtesy-autojunction-inThe Grand i10 helps Hyundai break an all-time record in October.

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Indian new car wholesale deliveries are up 6% year-on-year in October to 279.974 units, according to BSCB the biggest ever month for car sales in India. This lifts the year-to-date tally up 10% to 2.487.967 deliveries. Market leader Maruti-Suzuki improves slower than the market at +2%, resulting in a slightly reduced – but still mammoth – 44.2% market share vs. 46.7% year-to-date. Hyundai is up 6% on its previous all-time monthly volume record established in October 2015 (47.015), lifting it to a new highest ever 49.816 – the Korean brand even broke the 50.000 unit-mark for the first time when including commercial vehicles (50.016). Below Mahindra up 5% to 8.3% share, Tata surges 28% thanks to the Tiago breaking the 6.000 monthly sales barrier for the first time, overtaking Honda to snap the 4th spot overall. Renault (+68%) remains strong in 6th place with 12.409 sales, 79% going to the Kwid (9.801). Ford struggles (-25%) but Volkswagen (+70%) thanks to the Ameo (#26) and Datsun (+216%) thanks to the RediGo (#25) both shine.

tata-tiago-india-october-2016-picture-courtesy-ndtv-comFirst month above 6.000 sales for the Tata Tiago. 

For the second consecutive month (and ever), no less than eight different nameplates manage to sell over 10.000 units in October in India. No surprises on top: the Maruti Alto ranks #1 but drops a harsh 18% to just 18.854 units, the nameplate’s fifth month below 20.000 sales in the past seven. The Maruti DZire fares even worse at -28% while the Swift is down 17%. As a result, the Maruti Wagon R leaps up one spot to #3 while the Hyundai Grand i10, breaking its personal monthly volume record at 14.530, is now within spitting distance of the Swift (81 sales to be exact). Among the blockbuster launches of the past few months, both the Maruti Baleno (10.718) and Vitara Brezza (10.056) also break their record, the latter posting its first-ever five-digit sales result.

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