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India October 2017: DZire #1 for third straight month, market down

The Maruti DZire posts a third straight month atop the Indian sales charts. Picture

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After three consecutive months of double-digit gains, the Indian market steps on the brakes in October at -1% to 277.783 units. The year-to-date volume remains healthy however at +8% to a record 2,698.821 after ten months. In the Top 10 brands, only market leader Maruti, up a fantastic 9%, Tata (+0.5%) and Toyota (+6%) post a positive result. Below, only Skoda is up (+16%) while Jeep advances 14% on September to 2.455 Compass, a stunning result. In 2nd place, Hyundai resists at just -0.1% to a strong 17.9% share vs. 16.4% year-to-date, but Honda (-9%), Datsun (-24%), Renault (-25%), Volkswagen (-29%) and most strikingly Ford (-44%) all post paltry results. Fiat is down 81% to just 123 sales.

The Maruti S-Cross delivers its highest ever monthly volume this month. Picture

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire posts a third consecutive month in pole position, up 17% year-on-year but down 40% on September to 20.610 sales. The Maruti Alto, up 3% to 19.447, remains by far the best-seller year-to-date at 213.220 (+4%) vs. 181.406 (+7%) for the DZire. The Maruti Baleno has established itself atop the Indian charts: at #3, it signs a fourth month in a row on the podium. The Hyundai Grand i10 (-1%) and Maruti Wagon R (-13%) exchange position while the Maruti Celerio jumps up 27% year-on-year and 18 spots on September to #6. Another excellent month for the Maruti Vitara Brezza up 16% on October 2016 to 11.684 sales. It is joined in the Top 20 by the Maruti S-Cross up 161% year-on-year and 40 spots on last month to #18 and a new monthly volume record at 5.510, beating the 4.602 it hit back in August 2015 thanks to a new model.

The valiant Maruti Gypsy is up 8-fold on October 2016! 

The Hyundai Verna also benefits from a new generation, up 223% to #20. Other great gainers include the Toyota Fortuner (+286%), Ford Aspire (+88%) and Maruti Gypsy (+693%) despite its valiant age.

Previous month: India September 2017: Maruti DZire triumphs, market crosses 300.000 units

One year ago: India October 2016: Hyundai breaks volume record in biggest month ever

Full October 2017 Top 23 brands and Top 83 models below.

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