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India May 2013: Maruti DZire leads the ranking for the first time!

Maruti DZire India May 2013. Picture courtesy of Team BHPThe Maruti DZire is only the 5th model to ever rank #1 in India since 1950…

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May is the 6th month in a row of year-on-year decline for the Indian car market at -8% to 193,338 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 1,081,177 units, down 11% on 2012. Historical event this month in the models ranking: the Maruti DZire (aka Swift sedan) takes the lead for the very first time with sales up 32% year-on-year to 17,265 and 8.9% market share. Reversely the Maruti Alto is down 37% or 10,000 units compared to May 2012 at 16,411 and 8.5% share… To comprehend how rare such an event is, let’s point out that the Maruti Alto had been #1 in India each and every month since July 2004 except April 2012 when the Maruti Swift took the lead. That’s 105 of the last 106 months…

Hindustan AmbassadorThe Hindustan Ambassador was the first one…

In fact, the Maruti DZire may well only be the 5th vehicle to ever rank #1 in India in over 60 years! Before the Alto, the Maruti 800 led the Indian market from 1985 to 2004 and the Hindustan Ambassador did so from around 1950 until 1984Note 1950-2004 data is not official, if you have more detail please get in touch. The new generation DZire has certainly made a huge impact with Indian consumers with the dynamic between the DZire sedan and the Swift hatchback (down 18% yoy this month) reversing itself to the profit of the sedan. Maruti is also pushing this, prioritising the more expensive DZire in their production lines.

Honda Amaze India May 2013Honda Amaze

There’s another outstanding performer in this month’s ranking: the Honda Amaze, up 5 spots on April to break into the Indian Top 10 for the very first time at #8 with a record 6,036 sales and 3.1% share. The Amaze single-handedly brings Honda to its strongest month ever in the country at 11,340 sales, passing Tata to rank 4th most popular manufacturer in India this month below Maruti, Hyundai and Mahindra… Notice also the Mahindra Scorpio breaking its ranking, volume and market share records at #11 with 5,165 sales and 2.7% and the Renault Duster down 2 to #12 but maintaining itself at a best-ever 2.7% market share. Finally, the Chevrolet Enjoy (aka Wuling Hongguang) is up 18 spots to #24 at 2,173 units for its first full month in market.

Check also: India April 2012: Maruti Swift 4th model since 1950 to rank #1!

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One year ago: India May 2012: Maruti Swift and DZire break market share records

Full May 2013 Top 60 models and Top 14 brands Ranking Tables below.

India May 2013 – brands:


India May 2013 – models:

1Maruti DZire17,2658.9%292,1658.5%23
2Maruti Alto16,4118.5%1117,32910.9%11
3Maruti Swift14,3537.4%389,0008.2%32
4Maruti Wagon R12,9526.7%468,9946.4%44
5Mahindra Bolero9,7805.1%551,9334.8%55
6Hyundai i108,4694.4%742,0833.9%76
7Hyundai Eon8,4064.3%642,3383.9%68
8Honda Amaze6,0363.1%1313,4401.2%24 –
9Hyundai i205,7012.9%835,1793.3%89
10Tata Indica/Vista5,5002.8%928,0492.6%107
11Mahindra Scorpio5,1652.7%1622,6282.1%1519
12Renault Duster5,1462.7%1025,9652.4%1232
13Hyundai Verna4,7102.4%1424,0452.2%1417
14Maruti Ertiga4,3062.2%1127,4992.5%1116
15Hyundai Santro4,2742.2%1719,4871.8%1820
16Toyota Innova4,2162.2%2028,3892.6%912
17Maruti Omni4,2102.2%1225,0772.3%1311
18Ford Figo3,4691.8%1920,2301.9%1613
19Honda City3,2021.7%2714,7201.4%2326
20VW Polo3,0561.6%2216,7631.6%2024
21Maruti Eeco2,9621.5%1816,8041.6%1921
22Maruti Ritz2,5511.3%1519,9711.8%1714
23Tata Indigo/Manza2,4131.2%2511,1821.0%2815
24Chevrolet Enjoy2,1731.1%422,8640.3%50 –
25Mahindra XUV5002,1441.1%2414,7771.4%2222
26Toyota Etios2,1091.1%2115,0491.4%2123
27Chevrolet Sail Sedan2,0271.0%239,0500.8%32 –
28Honda Brio2,0101.0%3212,8071.2%2527
29Toyota Etios Liva1,9341.0%2811,7861.1%2728
30Mahindra Xylo1,7190.9%359,3540.9%3130
31VW Vento1,6530.9%2910,4201.0%2931
32Maruti 8001,6260.8%318,7570.8%3335
33Chevrolet Beat1,5060.8%2611,8261.1%2618
34Chevrolet Tavera1,4750.8%348,6380.8%3434
35Mahindra Verito1,3710.7%455,6860.5%4136
36Toyota Fortuner1,3590.7%377,2520.7%3638
37Mahindra Quanto1,2790.7%369,5270.9%3045
38Tata Sumo1,1330.6%308,3870.8%3525
39Skoda Rapid1,1210.6%337,1220.7%3733
40Nissan Sunny1,1100.6%406,9400.6%3829
41Tata Nano1,0140.5%396,4780.6%3910
42Tata Safari/Storme9100.5%415,8770.5%4040
43Nissan Micra8460.4%543,5930.3%4639
44Chevrolet Sail8240.4%384,4670.4%4255
45Renault Scala6700.3%473,6730.3%4456
46Mahindra Thar5240.3%492,8780.3%4968
47Fiat Grande Punto5090.3%551,5770.1%5646
48Maruti SX45030.3%443,2340.3%4743
49Hyundai Elantra4620.2%502,3760.2%5159
50Maruti A-Star4380.2%434,1110.4%4344
51Ford Fiesta Classic4130.2%482,8880.3%4837
52Renault Pulse4100.2%512,1320.2%5349
53Toyota Corolla Altis3680.2%521,8550.2%5548
54Skoda Laura3050.2%n/a8380.1%6354
55Chevrolet Spark2930.2%562,3750.2%5242
56Skoda Fabia2890.1%n/a9750.1%6150
57VW Jetta2660.1%581,2590.1%5758
58SsangYong Rexton2620.1%531,9920.2%54n/a
59Maruti Estilo2430.1%463,6060.3%4541
60Chevrolet Cruze1850.1%571,0890.1%5952

Source: Team BHP

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