India November 2017: Maruti monopolises Top 6, breaks share record at 52.6%

The Maruti Alto reclaims the Indian pole position off the DZire this month. 

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After coming to a halt in October (-1%), the Indian new car market returns to double-digit year-on-year growth for the fourth time in the past five months with November sales up 13% to 274.271 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 9% to a record 2.973.092. Maruti Suzuki is not done yet: thanks to factory sales up 14% it posts a new all-time record market share in India at a mammoth 52.6% (previous best 52.2% in November 2016). Before last July, the best Maruti Suzuki had ever done at home was to monopolise the Top 5. In November and for the third time in the past five months, the carmaker trusts the six best-selling spots… Hyundai trails the market at +10% but remains very solid at 16% share vs. 16.4% year-to-date. Tata is the performer of the month, leaping onto the brands podium thanks to sales up a stunning 35% to 6.3% share, its highest share since March 2015 and only the second time in the past five years it manages a #3 ranking along with November 2016. This is due to the success of the Tiago, up 23% to lodge its 2nd highest ever volume at 7.416 and the Nexon up 34% on October to a new record 4.163 units at #20 overall.

The Nexon helps Tata to its second podium ranking in five years. 

Mahindra is knocked down to #4 despite a very satisfying 18% gain helped by the Scorpio, followed by Toyota up 13% thanks to the Innova Crysta (+35%) while Honda soars 47% thanks to the WR-V (#24) but drops two ranks on October to #6. The situation is starting to really be worrying for Renault, down another 19% as the Kwid continues to decelerate sharply (-27%) and the all-new Captur (#43) both disappoints and cannibalises the Duster (-33%)… Ford is up 13% thanks to the facelifted Ecosport (+34%), Jeep continues to progress with sales up 15% on October to a record 2.828 Compass, and Skoda shoots up 75% thanks to the Kodiaq and Octavia (+81%).

The Ford Ecosport is boosted up 34% by its facelift.

The Maruti Alto (+4%) reclaims the models pole position after three consecutive months of Maruti DZire reign, the latter up another 31% to remain above 20.000 monthly units. The Maruti Baleno advances 60% year-on-year to post its 2nd best-ever volume at 17.769 (pb 19.153 last July), snapping the third spot YTD off the Maruti Swift, while the Maruti Vitara Brezza is up a stunning 49% to also score its 2nd largest sales month at 14.458 (pb 15.243 last July). Both the Wagon R (-10%) and Swift (-9%) drop but contain the Hyundai Grand i10 (+20%), Elite i20 (+15%) and Creta (+25%) all beating the market. Notice also the Hyundai Verna up 303% thanks to a new model, the Maruti S-Cross up 70% and the Maruti Gypsy up another 447% year-on-year.

Previous month: India October 2017: Maruti DZire #1 for third straight month, market down

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

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India October 2017: DZire #1 for third straight month, market down

The Maruti DZire posts a third straight month atop the Indian sales charts. Picture gaadiwaadi.com

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After three consecutive months of double-digit gains, the Indian market steps on the brakes in October at -1% to 277.783 units. The year-to-date volume remains healthy however at +8% to a record 2,698.821 after ten months. In the Top 10 brands, only market leader Maruti, up a fantastic 9%, Tata (+0.5%) and Toyota (+6%) post a positive result. Below, only Skoda is up (+16%) while Jeep advances 14% on September to 2.455 Compass, a stunning result. In 2nd place, Hyundai resists at just -0.1% to a strong 17.9% share vs. 16.4% year-to-date, but Honda (-9%), Datsun (-24%), Renault (-25%), Volkswagen (-29%) and most strikingly Ford (-44%) all post paltry results. Fiat is down 81% to just 123 sales.

The Maruti S-Cross delivers its highest ever monthly volume this month. Picture autocarindia.com

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire posts a third consecutive month in pole position, up 17% year-on-year but down 40% on September to 20.610 sales. The Maruti Alto, up 3% to 19.447, remains by far the best-seller year-to-date at 213.220 (+4%) vs. 181.406 (+7%) for the DZire. The Maruti Baleno has established itself atop the Indian charts: at #3, it signs a fourth month in a row on the podium. The Hyundai Grand i10 (-1%) and Maruti Wagon R (-13%) exchange position while the Maruti Celerio jumps up 27% year-on-year and 18 spots on September to #6. Another excellent month for the Maruti Vitara Brezza up 16% on October 2016 to 11.684 sales. It is joined in the Top 20 by the Maruti S-Cross up 161% year-on-year and 40 spots on last month to #18 and a new monthly volume record at 5.510, beating the 4.602 it hit back in August 2015 thanks to a new model.

The valiant Maruti Gypsy is up 8-fold on October 2016! 

The Hyundai Verna also benefits from a new generation, up 223% to #20. Other great gainers include the Toyota Fortuner (+286%), Ford Aspire (+88%) and Maruti Gypsy (+693%) despite its valiant age.

Previous month: India September 2017: Maruti DZire triumphs, market crosses 300.000 units

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

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India September 2017: Maruti DZire triumphs, market crosses 300.000 units

A record 34.305 DZire were delivered to dealerships this month in India.

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The Indian new car market has stepped up to another level over the past few months: at 307.511 units, September marks the first month in Indian history above 300.000 units and the second all-time record volume broken in the past three months. In fact, the last three months of car (whole)sales are the three largest in Indian history. Sales are up 11% year-on-year for the month and 10% year-to-date to a record 2.421.038. For market leader Maruti Suzuki, it’s the third consecutive month above 150.000 monthly sales whereas this never happened before last July. #2 Hyundai, for its part, is up 17% year-on-year to break the 50.000 monthly sales barrier for the very first time, its previous personal best being 49.816 in October 2016. Below, Mahindra, Honda (both at +21%), Tata (+18%) and Volkswagen (+17%) all outpace the market but Toyota (+2%), Renault (-10%), Ford (-3%) and Datsun (-3%) trail it. Jeep improves further to 2.151 Compass units, Skoda (+42%) and Nissan (+15%) post solid scores while the rest of the brands are all in negative.

The Tata Nexon lands inside the Indian Top 30 for September.

Model-wise, just one month after breaking the 30.000 monthly sales barrier for the first time and becoming only the second nameplate in Indian history to do so, the Maruti DZire smashes this record again to lift it to 34.305, up 81% on the previous model a year ago. This lifts its advantage over the decade-long #1, the Maruti Alto, to more than 10.000 units for September. The Alto however remains comfortably in the 2017 YTD lead with 193.773 units (+4%) vs. 160.796 for the Dzire, now back into positive territory at +5%. The Maruti Baleno is up 53% to remain in third place and now ranks 4th year-to-date, passing the Maruti Wagon R. The Maruti Vitara Brezza for its part remains the best-selling SUV in the country with a 42% year-on-year surge allowing it to step up to #7 YTD above the Hyundai Elite i20. Mahindra impresses with the Bolero up 51% to #11 and the Scorpio up 60% to #16, its oldest nameplates once again the best performers. The Tata Tiago has found its mojo: now up 82% year-on-year to a third volume record in a row at 8.316 (in contrast the Nano, Indica and Indigo have imploded to between 77 and 129 sales) and the new Nexon SUV lands directly inside the Top 30.

Previous month: India August 2017: DZire 2nd nameplate above 30.000 monthly sales

One year ago: India September 2016: Maruti breaks record in market up 20%

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India August 2017: DZire 2nd nameplate above 30.000 monthly sales

The Maruti DZire sells a record 30.934 units in August. Picture autocarindia.com 

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Another outstanding month of new car sales in India, up 13.2% year-on-year to 292.550 registrations, the 2nd biggest month in history below last month (296.346), leading to a year-to-date tally up 9% to a record 2.113.527 after eight months, the fastest the 2m unit-mark has been eclipsed in India. At a whopping 51.7% share, market leader Suzuki Maruti manages to remain above the 50% symbolic mark for the fourth time in the past five months, thanks to sales doubling market growth at +26% to 151.270. Hyundai is back up 9% to 16.1% share, ahead of Mahindra up 3% to 6%. Excellent performance of Honda up 25% to reclaim the 4th spot it holds year-to-date, mainly due to the success of the WR-V. Toyota (-6%), Volkswagen (-6%), Ford (-9%), Datsun (-22%) and most strikingly Renault (-26%) are all struggling whereas Jeep is already knocking at the Top 10’s door thanks to 2.020 sales of the new, locally-produced Compass.

The new generation sends Hyundai Verna sales up 5-fold in August. Picture hindustantimes.com

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire is boosted by the new model to almost double its sales year-on-year (+96%) to a stunning 30.934 registrations, smashing its previous monthly record (24.502) dating back to October 2015. The Maruti Alto (+3%) is well and truly knocked out at just 21.521 sales but remains in the YTD lead (+8%) while the DZire bypasses the Swift and Wagon R to now rank #2 so far in 2017. This month’s result makes the Maruti DZire only the second nameplate to ever cross the 30.000 monthly unit-mark in India after the Maruti Alto. The Alto did so fort the first time in September 2010 (30.137) and went on to cross that barrier another nine times, the last one in June 2014 (30.499), peaking at 38.065 units in March 2011.

The Jeep Compass has received 10.000 orders in India so far. 

It’s another excellent month for the Maruti Baleno at #3, up 98% on August 2016 to 17.190 units as well as for the Maruti Vitara Brezza lodging its 2nd highest monthly volume ever at 14.396 (+51%). With the Wagon R (-5%) and Swift (-3%) in tow, Maruti monopolises the August Top 6. At #9, the Hyundai Creta (+20%) posts a 2nd consecutive 5-digit sales month, the Tata Tiago is up 5 ranks on July to #13 at a record 7.036 sales and the Honda WR-V also beats its volume record at 5.200. Heped by the new generation, the Hyundai Verna is up 5-fold on August 2016 to #21. Among other recent launches, the Tata Tigor is up 5 spots to #32, the Jeep Compass up 11 to #34 and the Tata Hexa up 4 to #37.

Previous month: India July 2017: Post-GST triggers all-time record month, Jeep Compass lands

One year ago: India August 2016: Renault Kwid breaks 10.000 monthly sales barrier

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India July 2017: Post-GST triggers all-time record month, Compass lands

The Maruti Baleno is up to #2 in India this month. Picture zigwheels.com 

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As we anticipated last month, the Indian new car market beautifully bounces back now that post-GST implementation prices are known, and are mostly down on the pre-GST period. Total sales surge 15% year-on-year to 296.346 units, a new all-time record volume for India, beating the previous best of 280.597 sales hit last March. The year-to-date tally is now up 9% to 1.820.977, a new record also. India’s leader Maruti-Suzuki continues to seriously impress, growing faster than the market at +22% despite already holding a gargantuan market share. In fact, at 153.298 sales, this is the largest ever monthly volume delivered by Maruti, beating its previous best of 144.281 hit last April, and at 51.7% market share, it is the fifth time in the past nine months that Maruti manages to break the symbolic 50% market share milestone.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza smashes its volume record to above 15.000. Picture overdrive.in 

Maruti monopolises the Top 6 best-selling models which is a record (previous best: Top 5 last November). Interestingly, the sales order of Maruti’s models is progressively changing. If the Alto is up 31% to deliver its largest volume since last September, the Baleno manages a flamboyant 110% year-on-year increase to post a new volume record at 19.153 and snaps the 2nd place for the 2nd time ever after last March. The Wagon R is up 7% to end the month just 48 units off a new volume record and the Vitara Brezza shoots up 49% to smash its volume record at 15.243 (previous best: 12.375 last May) as well as its ranking record at #4 (pb: #6 in July 2016 and May 2017). Previously almost always stuck just behind the Alto, the DZire (-24% due to production issues linked to a steering column recall) and Swift (-1%) are now getting distanced.

Volume record for the Toyota Innova Crysta. Picture quickr.com 

Notice also the Maruti Celerio beating its volume record at 11.087 sales in 9th place. Of note is the 32.860 sales Maruti has achieved through its new, more premium, distribution channel, Nexa, through which the Baleno is available. If it continues that way, Nexa on its own may be able to surpass the sales of Hyundai, #2 brand in India. Speaking of which, Hyundai trails the market growth this month with a slim 4% rise leading to a 14.5% market share, well below its YTD level of 16.3%. The Grand i10 is up just 0.3%, the Elite i20 up 15% and the Creta cup 32% to beat its volume record at 10.556 in 10th place. This means we have ten nameplates selling more tham 10.000 units this month for the second time ever in India along with March 2017.

The WR-V becomes Honda’s best-seller in India in July. 

Mahindra follows the market at +15% with its Bolero up 68% year-on-year but down 5 spots on June to #16, while Toyota makes up for a particularly weak month of June (1.973 sales) by breaking its own monthly volume record at 17.758 units, up 43% year-on-year. Indeed, Toyota models are the ones which saw the steepest price fall post GST and July wholesale volumes show it. Both the Innova Crysta (9.369) and Fortuner (3.444) beat their volume record this month. Honda is up a solid 22% thanks mainly to the success of the WR-V, posting a new volume record this month (4.894) and becoming the brand’s best-seller in India above the City.

The Jeep Compass made-in-India has landed, and it’s a success so far.

Tata is up a weak 10% and its only good news is a new volume record by the Tiago while both the Tigor and Hexa disappoint. The brand is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Nexon crossover to lift its sales. Renault, completely tied to the performance of the Kwid (-25%), drops by the same amount this month. A Kwid sedan should be hitting dealerships yesterday if the French manufacturer wants to return to growth in India. Last but not least, this month we welcome the arrival of the locally-produced Jeep Compass in India, already approaching the 1.000 sales for its first month in market. Priced correctly, the Compass has received very good reviews in the local press and could climb much higher despite technically being a premium vehicle in India.

Previous post: India First Half 2017: Top 5 is 100% Maruti in record market up 8%

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

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

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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%

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

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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

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

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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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