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India June 2016: Hyundai Grand i10 on podium, Renault Kwid up to #5

Hyundai Grand i10 India June 2016. Picture courtesy autocarindia.comThe Hyundai Grand i10 posts its very first podium finish in India in June. 

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The Indian new car market slows down its growth in June to just +2% to 222.252 ex-factory deliveries, partly due to fire outbreak in one of Maruti’s plants which incurred a 10% year-on-year drop for the market leader to 92.133 sales and a meagre 41.5% share vs. 46.4% year-to-date. Hyundai and Mahindra both improve by 10%, Toyota is up 30%, Tata up 22%, Renault up 173%, Ford up 109% and Datsun up 188% but Honda implodes at -38%.

India 2016 06 A segmentThe Renault Kwid’s impact on Maruti Alto sales is clearcut. 

The reason behind Renault’s surge is well-known: after a slump in May, the Kwid is back to its now-legendary glory with 9.450 sales at a best-ever 5th place. The Maruti Alto is clearly hit at -25% to just 15.750 sales, its lowest monthly score in almost four years – since August 2012 when sales were disrupted by labour unrest… The Maruti DZire (-29%), Wagon R (-10%) and Swift (-48%) also struggle, meaning the Hyundai Grand i10 leaps onto the podium for the very first time thanks to deliveries up 41% to 12.678. The Toyota Innova continues on its impressive run with the new Crysta generation at #8 (+97%) while the Hyundai Creta reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in India at 7.700 sales vs. 6.673 for the Maruti Vitara Brezza.

Dastun RediGO India June 2016. Picture courtesy automobilians.comDatsun RediGO India June 2016. Picture courtesy ndtv.comThe RediGO is already Datsun’s biggest success in India.

The Tata Tiago improves 6 spots and 28% on its May score to land at #17 with 4.205 sales, the best scores of any Tata nameplate since the Indica/Vista hit #16 and 4.287 units in March 2014Ford is pushed by the Ecosport (+26%) and Aspire (#31) while for recently-resucitated brand Datsun the story is starting to get interesting. The GO, launched in February 2014, peaked at a paltry 2,690 sales in April 2014 while the GO+ was even more of a flop, with a personal best of just 1.563 in April 2015. The RediGO beats them both for its first full month of deliveries, up 30 spots on its inaugural May ranking to #26 with 2.925 sales. Could Datsun have cracked the magic formula with the RediGo, based on the same platform as the Kwid?

Previous month: India May 2016: Innova up, Kwid down, Datsun RediGo lands

One year ago: India June 2015: Maruti DZire leads, Hyundai Creta lands

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