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India: What changed in the last two years

Tata Nano India April 2011The Tata Nano sold 10,021 units in India in April 2011

* See the April 2011 and April 2013 Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

The Indian car market has gone through a lot of change in the last 2 years so today I thought I would put the April 2011 and April 2013 Indian models rankings side by side and extract a few long-term trends. First things first, the Maruti Alto has not moved from its pole position but is down 22% to 19,847 sales. In fact the Alto has been #1 in India every month since except exactly one year ago in April 2012 when it was toppled by the Maruti Swift. The Swift family is actually the big gainer over the period: the DZire sedan has gone from #4 with 11,797 sales two years ago to #2 and 19,446 and the Swift hatchback from #5 and 10,622 units to #3 and 16,531.

Maruti Alto 800 India April 2013Maruti Alto 800

If two years ago Hyundai managed to place the i10 in 2nd place, Maruti now monopolises the Top 4, with the Mahindra Bolero the most popular non-Maruti model at #5 (vs. #11 in 2011). However there are 3 Hyundais in the Top 10 like in 2011: the Eon at #6, i10 at #7 and i20 at #8. One of (if not the) biggest changes in the last two years has been the fall and fall of the Tata Nano. In April 2011 the Nano sold 10,021 units (its first and only time above 10,000 monthly sales) and ranked 6th but last month it was down to 39th with just 948 sales.

Renault Duster India 2013Renault Duster

Renault has done the impossible and gone from virtually nothing two years ago to 6,000+ monthly sales this year, thanks to one model: the Duster which brilliantly ranked 10th last month with 5,362 units. Other newcomers in the ranking include the Maruti Ertiga at #11, Honda Amaze at #13, Chevrolet Sail Sedan at #23 and Mahindra XUV500 at #24…

Previous post: India April 2013: Maruti DZire threatens Alto for pole position!

One year ago: India April 2012: Maruti Swift 4th model since 1950 to rank #1!

Full April 2011 and 2013 Top 30 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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