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India May 2014: Maruti DZire and Swift lead, Alto down to #3 for first time in one decade!

Maruti Swift DZire India May 2014. Picture courtesy of indianautosblog.comMaruti Swift DZire

* See the Top 60 best-selling models and Top 14 brands by clicking on the title! *

For the first time since last August, the Indian new car market gains ground year-on-year: up 5% 202,659 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,046,375 units, down 3% on 2013. Big events atop the models sales charts: first, the Suzuki Swift DZire is the most popular vehicle in the country for only the second time ever after May 2013 thanks to 18,953 sales and 9.4% share. This is only the third month in the past 119 that the Alto is not India’s best-seller, the other one was in April 2012 when the Maruti Swift took the lead. Second, the Maruti Swift also outsells the traditional leader, the Maruti Alto, at 17,936 units and 8.9% vs. 17,311 and 8.5%, kicking the Maruti Alto into third place for the first time since June 2004, exactly a decade ago…

Hyundai Xcent India May 2014. Picture courtesy of mid-day.comHyundai Xcent

Meanwhile the Maruti Wagon reclaims the 4th place it holds year-to-date off the Hyundai Grand i10 with 11,757 sales vs. 9,317 while the Mahindra Bolero remains 6th at 8,846 units. The Hyundai Xcent confirms its runaway hit status by gaining one further spot on April to a record #7 with 7,792 sales and 3.8%, overtaking the Honda City extremely strong once again at 3.6% share. The Maruti Celerio is down one rank to #11 but continues to impress, the Toyota Innova is above 5,000 sales for the first time since last October at a brilliant 12th place and the Datsun Go cools down at -26% on April to #28 and 1,992 sales, still Nissan’s best-seller however.

Datsun Go India May 2014. Picture courtesy of MotorBash.comDatsun Go

Further down: no improvement for the Tata Nano down 3 spots on last month to #38 with just above 1,000 sales, and the Toyota Corolla reappears in the ranking at #46 thanks to the new model now available in the country. Brand-wise, both Maruti (+16%) and Hyundai (+13%) defy the current doom and gloom and reinforce their domination, the latter delivering its highest monthly volume since March 2012. Mahindra rounds up the podium but drops by 23% while Honda and Toyota shine, both gaining 18% year-on-year. Notice also Ford up 51% and Nissan up 46%. Datsun is now #12 both in May and year-to-date with 6,750 sales so far this year.

Previous month: India April 2014: Hyundai Xcent instant hit, Datsun Go sells more than entire Nissan range

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

Full May 2014 Top 60 models and Top 14 brands Ranking Tables below.

India May 2014 – brands:

12Datsun1,9921.0%new116,7500.6%new12 –

India May 2014 – models:

1Maruti Swift DZire18,9539.4%289,7838.6%33
2Maruti Swift17,9368.9%391,2408.7%22
3Maruti Alto17,3118.5%1107,64910.3%11
4Maruti Wagon R11,7575.8%561,4215.9%44
5Hyundai Grand i109,3174.6%449,8574.8%518
6Mahindra Bolero8,8464.4%646,8834.5%65
7Hyundai Xcent7,7923.8%816,1711.5%23 –
8Honda City7,2163.6%738,1693.6%731
9Hyundai Eon6,3003.1%934,8923.3%86
10Maruti Omni6,1043.0%1130,1592.9%911
11Maruti Celerio5,8582.9%1027,8062.7%11 –
12Toyota Innova5,5602.7%1522,2592.1%149
13Maruti Ertiga5,1272.5%1225,6122.4%1210
14Honda Amaze4,7502.3%1728,9072.8%1013
15Maruti Eeco4,6672.3%1817,9631.7%1720
16Ford Ecosport4,0052.0%1419,3121.8%1623
17Mahindra Scorpio4,0022.0%1322,6152.2%1316
18Hyundai Verna3,3341.6%1917,2191.6%2015
19Renault Duster3,3271.6%2017,3121.7%1914
20Hyundai i203,1911.6%1619,9881.9%158
21Hyundai i103,0701.5%2416,8181.6%217
22Tata Indica/Vista3,0671.5%2517,4931.7%1812
23Mahindra XUV5002,9461.5%2115,7481.5%2425
24Tata Indigo/Manza2,8641.4%2713,1161.3%2526
25Hyundai Santro2,6191.3%2316,4851.6%2217
26Maruti Ritz2,6001.3%2812,4121.2%2621
27Toyota Etios2,2501.1%3012,1041.2%2724
28Datsun Go1,9921.0%226,7500.6%34 –
29Toyota Etios Liva1,9140.9%346,8910.7%3328
30Nissan Terrano1,8590.9%3211,0381.1%2949
31Chevrolet Beat1,7160.8%3110,0301.0%3127
32VW Polo1,5900.8%2910,5211.0%3022
33Ford Figo1,5510.8%2611,1431.1%2819
34Toyota Fortuner1,4600.7%376,3620.6%3635
35Honda Brio1,3330.7%455,6160.5%3829
36Tata Sumo1,0820.5%386,4090.6%3533
37Chevrolet Tavera1,0760.5%335,9060.6%3741
38Tata Nano1,0010.5%359,2260.9%3234
39Tata Safari/Storme9400.5%424,3470.4%4343
40Chevrolet Enjoy9340.5%365,2220.5%4037
41VW Vento8360.4%395,4840.5%3930
42Skoda Rapid7850.4%404,7410.5%4139
43Nissan Micra6960.3%434,3920.4%4242
44Mahindra Xylo6870.3%414,2950.4%4436
45Fiat Grande Punto5710.3%464,0460.4%4552
46Toyota Corolla Altis5480.3%n/a6720.1%6658
47Ford Fiesta Classic4680.2%472,0240.2%5053
48Chevrolet Sail Sedan4570.2%443,0590.3%4738
49Nissan Sunny4410.2%502,1780.2%4844
50Chevrolet Sail3630.2%482,1150.2%4947
51Hyundai Elantra3200.2%491,6250.2%5355
52Mahindra Quanto2690.1%523,2660.3%4640
53Hyundai Santa Fe2500.1%597590.1%65n/a
54Fiat Linea2290.1%511,7720.2%5163
55VW Jetta2210.1%531,0300.1%5764
56Tata Aria1960.1%n/a4350.0%n/an/a
57Skoda Octavia1890.1%578290.1%6072
58Chevrolet Cruze1760.1%547630.1%6465
59Renault Pulse1710.1%n/a1,4160.1%5456
60SsangYong Rexton1550.1%606600.1%6760

Source: Team BHP

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. @sandeep Alto is due for a full model change later this year in Japan. Not sure how long it will be before it is released in India, but a new Alto is should be on the horizon.

    1. Hi Stephen,
      Thanks for the insight! The Indian and Japanese Alto are not related so their releases don’t match.

  2. Alto is too old now people will look for younger cars, Skoda & VW should do something their sales are going down every month and the new Octavia hasn’t been succesfull yet as the previous generation and Toyota already overtook it with the Corolla and that despite it went on sale at the end of the month

    1. Hi Sandeep – based on my sightings in New Delhi earlier this year, the Alto 800 is currently the best-selling Alto model in India and it is not that old a car…

  3. If Skoda-Auto India had decent customer service, their cars would sell well there. Due to the dire customer service centre and even worse aftercarse service from the dealers, they have lost a lot of customers. A complete shame, as they are better than any Maruti or tata, and equally as good as anything with a VW badge on it. Come on Skoda India, sort yourselves out.

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