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Surprise: over the first half of 2013, the Indian market is down 10% on 2012 to an estimated 1.281 million units when you add German premium brands. The Maruti Alto is on track to be the most popular vehicle in India for the 9th year straight, even though its sales are down 15% year-on-year to 137,406 units and 10.7% share. The Maruti Swift remains #2 with 106,236 sales and 8.3% but the real hero here is its sedan version the Maruti DZire, up 20% to a record 104,713 units and 8.2%, even taking the lead for the first time in May. At #4 the Maruti Wagon R also impresses at +12% to 78,389 sales and 6.1%.
Another car reaching record levels over the period is the Mahindra Bolero, up 8% to 59,916 units and 4.7% in spite of its old age. Interestingly, the Hyundai i10 is back above its newer counterpart the Eon thanks to sales down just 4% vs. 5% for the Eon. Both the Hyundai i20, up 2% and 3 spots to #8 and the Toyota Innova in spite of sales down 16% but also up 3 ranks to #9, make their appearance in the Indian year-to-date Top 10.
Further down, the Maruti Ertiga is up a whopping 73% to #11 with 32,449 sales, the Renault Duster is the best performing all-new model at #12 and 30,488 units, followed by the Honda Amaze at #21 and 18,405 sales, the Mahindra Quanto at #31 and 10,418 units and the Chevrolet Sail sedan at #33 and 10,048 sales. Finally, notice the Tata Nano down 28 spots and a horrendous 83% year-on-year to #37 and just 8,481 units sold.
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Full 6 months 2013 Top 50 models and Top 17 All-brands Ranking Tables below.