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The Indian market is back on the up in 2015 at +5% over the First Half of the year to 1.321.367 registrations to dealers. Even though it is already ultra-dominant, Maruti – the Indian subsidiary of Suzuki – manages to outpace the market at +9% to 623.000 units, as does Hyundai up 8% to 224.000 sales. Snipping at the heads of Mahindra (-8%), Honda gains an outstanding 15% to 102.400 units and 7.7%. In 5th place, local manufacturer Tata is up an impressive 23%, however the launch of the Bolt/Zest couple has disappointed so far as we’ll detail further below. Toyota and Volkswagen both gain 19% and while Datsun is up 38%, its on a small base as the brand just launched at the same time last year and at 10.831 sales it only accounts for 0.8% of the Indian market.
In the models ranking, the Maruti Alto is quietly headed towards an 11th consecutive year in pole position even though it hasn’t ranked #1 every month so far in 2015 (#2 in June) with stable sales at 138.800 units. The Maruti DZire (+8%) and Swift (+4%) are catching up but remain at a fair distance. The main change atop the Indian sales charts comes from Hyundai: the Korean manufacturer cracked a difficult segment with the Elite i20, up 3-fold on the old model to 5th place and 66.217 sales. The Maruti Celerio at #11 and Toyota Innova at #14, both up 12%, also make themselves noticed.
A very dynamic market, India welcomes no less than 8 all-new nameplates inside the H1 2015 Top 60, but most are disappointments. The Maruti Ciaz is the best ranked at #15 with 29.000 sales and has now found its cruising rhythm at a very satisfying level, allowing Maruti into a new segment. The Tata Zest (#28) and Bolt (#34), if they somewhat enable Tata to catch up on lost time, have failed to convince and the Bolt even fell to a paltry 447 sales in June. Similarly, the Honda Mobilio and Datsun GO+ have not managed to replicate their Indonesian success in India: they rank #31 and #39. The Renault Lodgy on the contrary is opening new sales potential for the French manufacturer: it was Renault’s best-seller in April and May. Finally, the Honda Jazz (#55) and Hyundai Creta (#57) were introduced in June and already feature in the Top 60 for H1 2015, a good sign for the remainder of the year.
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Full H1 2015 Top 15 brands and Top 60 models vs. Full H1 2014 figures below.