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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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India April 2011 / April 2013 comparison:

PosModelApr-11PosModelApr-13
1Maruti Alto25,4621Maruti Alto19,847
2Hyundai i1012,4152Maruti DZire19,446
3Maruti Wagon R12,2293Maruti Swift16,531
4Maruti DZire11,7974Maruti Wagon R12,794
5Maruti Swift10,6225Mahindra Bolero9,766
6Tata Nano10,0126Hyundai Eon8,350
7Mahindra Pick-ups9,8697Hyundai i108,194
8Hyundai Santro8,1338Hyundai i206,230
9Hyundai i208,0689Tata Indica/Vista5,943
10Maruti Omni7,57710Renault Duster5,362
11Mahindra Bolero7,34511Maruti Ertiga5,168
12Ford Figo6,01312Maruti Omni4,874
13Maruti Eeco5,44513Honda Amaze4,852
14Tata Indigo/Manza5,28214Hyundai Verna4,809
15Maruti Ritz5,26315Maruti Ritz4,443
16Toyota Etios4,65716Mahindra Scorpio4,437
17Tata Indica4,25017Hyundai Santro4,264
18Mahindra Scorpio4,14418Maruti Eeco3,822
19Chevrolet Spark3,88719Ford Figo3,336
20VW Polo3,75520Toyota Innova3,192
21Toyota Innova3,46421Toyota Etios2,501
22VW Vento2,86622VW Polo2,500
23Maruti 8002,52823Chevrolet Sail Sedan2,469
24Chevrolet Beat2,44424Mahindra XUV5002,253
25Maruti Estilo2,34225Tata Indigo/Manza2,027
26Mahindra Xylo2,21426Chevrolet Beat1,986
27Maruti SX42,10227Honda City1,917
28Tata Sumo2,00728Toyota Etios Liva1,832
29Chevrolet Tavera1,90829VW Vento1,779
30Hyundai Verna1,85430Tata Sumo1,749

Source: Team BHP

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Maruti keeping updations on their models to beat the opponents, On the launch of Honda Amaze, maruti make some upgradations on Swift Dezire and keep the sales.

  2. The import duty for cars in India is 100%. By contrast, India exported cars to Europe (Hyundai, Suzuki, Tata, Mahindra) for ridiculously low 10% duty. This unequal status.

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