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India August 2017: DZire 2nd nameplate above 30.000 monthly sales

The Maruti DZire sells a record 30.934 units in August. Picture 

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Another outstanding month of new car sales in India, up 13.2% year-on-year to 292.550 registrations, the 2nd biggest month in history below last month (296.346), leading to a year-to-date tally up 9% to a record 2.113.527 after eight months, the fastest the 2m unit-mark has been eclipsed in India. At a whopping 51.7% share, market leader Suzuki Maruti manages to remain above the 50% symbolic mark for the fourth time in the past five months, thanks to sales doubling market growth at +26% to 151.270. Hyundai is back up 9% to 16.1% share, ahead of Mahindra up 3% to 6%. Excellent performance of Honda up 25% to reclaim the 4th spot it holds year-to-date, mainly due to the success of the WR-V. Toyota (-6%), Volkswagen (-6%), Ford (-9%), Datsun (-22%) and most strikingly Renault (-26%) are all struggling whereas Jeep is already knocking at the Top 10’s door thanks to 2.020 sales of the new, locally-produced Compass.

The new generation sends Hyundai Verna sales up 5-fold in August. Picture

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire is boosted by the new model to almost double its sales year-on-year (+96%) to a stunning 30.934 registrations, smashing its previous monthly record (24.502) dating back to October 2015. The Maruti Alto (+3%) is well and truly knocked out at just 21.521 sales but remains in the YTD lead (+8%) while the DZire bypasses the Swift and Wagon R to now rank #2 so far in 2017. This month’s result makes the Maruti DZire only the second nameplate to ever cross the 30.000 monthly unit-mark in India after the Maruti Alto. The Alto did so fort the first time in September 2010 (30.137) and went on to cross that barrier another nine times, the last one in June 2014 (30.499), peaking at 38.065 units in March 2011.

The Jeep Compass has received 10.000 orders in India so far. 

It’s another excellent month for the Maruti Baleno at #3, up 98% on August 2016 to 17.190 units as well as for the Maruti Vitara Brezza lodging its 2nd highest monthly volume ever at 14.396 (+51%). With the Wagon R (-5%) and Swift (-3%) in tow, Maruti monopolises the August Top 6. At #9, the Hyundai Creta (+20%) posts a 2nd consecutive 5-digit sales month, the Tata Tiago is up 5 ranks on July to #13 at a record 7.036 sales and the Honda WR-V also beats its volume record at 5.200. Heped by the new generation, the Hyundai Verna is up 5-fold on August 2016 to #21. Among other recent launches, the Tata Tigor is up 5 spots to #32, the Jeep Compass up 11 to #34 and the Tata Hexa up 4 to #37.

Previous month: India July 2017: Post-GST triggers all-time record month, Jeep Compass lands

One year ago: India August 2016: Renault Kwid breaks 10.000 monthly sales barrier

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