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India May 2017: Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks record in market up 8%

The Maruti Vitara Brezza once again breaks its volume record. Picture

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New wholesale car sales in India are up a vigorous 8% year-on-year in May to 250.609 units, despite the uncertainty brought about by the implementation of GST. Year-to-date, the Indian market is up 11% to a record 1.327.427 units after five months. Among mass market brands, only Toyota (-13%) and Volkswagen (-10%) lose ground. Reversely, martlet leader Maruti continues to go from strength to strength with a further 15% surge to remain at a historically high 52% market share.

Hyundai (16.8%) and Mahindra (7.5%) complete the podium, both posting a meagre 2% year-on-year gain, while Honda (+13%) thanks to the new WR-V and Tata (+26%) thanks to the new Tiago and Tigor, both shine, as does Ford (+17%) in 8th place. This month marks the momentous announcement by General Motors that it is exiting the Indian market, and accordingly Chevrolet sales tumble down 86% this month. All premium brands continue to struggle.

After being outsold by the Maruti Swift last month, the Maruti Alto reclaims the pole position it traditionally holds in India with sales up 19% year-on-year, just as the Swift continues to shine in 2nd place at +34%. The Maruti Dzire suffers from a facelift transition at -45%, allowing the Maruti Wagon R to pass it year-to-date and claim third place. Both the Hyundai Grand i10 and Elite i20 comfortably post five-digit sales figures but the best performer in the Top 10 is the Maruti Vitara Brezza: up 72% year-on-year to equal its ranking record at #6 overall (also hit in July 2016) and break its volume record for the third month running at 12.375. Notice also the Maruti Ertiga up 72%, the Mahindra Bolero up 55% and the Tata Tiago up 49% to #18. Among recent launches, the Maruti Ignis has stabilised around the 20th spot and the Honda WR-V and Tata Tigor around the 25th place.

Previous month: India April 2017: Maruti, Swift and Baleno all beat volume records

One year ago: India May 2016: Innova up, Kwid down, Datsun RediGo lands

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