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India February 2018: Maruti DZire post 6th win in past 7 months

The Maruti DZire could end 13 consecutive years of Alto reign in India in 2018.

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India confirms its sturdy start of 2018 with February wholesales up 8% to 273.753 units leading to a year-to-date volume also up 8% to a record 558.122 deliveries after two months. Once again Maruti teases the symbolic 50% market share at 49.9% thanks to a 13% uplift, distancing Hyundai at 16.3% (+5%) and Mahindra at 7.5% (+8%). Tata surges 45% to 6.5% share in 4th place, posting its fourth consecutive 30%+ year-on-year gain. On the other hand Renault (-35%), Honda (-19%), Volkswagen (-19%) and Nissan (-17%) are all in dire need of fresh metal. Luxury brands all do extremely well except Audi but their sales are estimates.

The new Maruti Swift has finally landed in India, landing its first podium since last May.

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire soars 26% year-on-year to snap a third consecutive pole position and 6th monthly win in the past 7 months, logically ranking #1 year-to-date with deliveries up 25% to 43.481, now almost 4.600 units above the traditional #1 the Maruti Alto. As logical as it is, this is the first time the DZire ever ranks #1 in a YTD chart in India and it could have a serious shot at historically ending 13 consecutive years of Maruti Alto reign this year. The Swift, whose new generation is finally available in India, surges 40% to #3 and the Baleno more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+106%) to land at #4. The Wagon R (+3%) closes a Top Five 100% Maruti ahead of the Hyundai Elite i20 (+28%) and Maruti Vitara Brezza (+16%). The Mahindra Bolero (+24%), Tata Tiago (+25%) and Ford Ecosport (+19%) also shine in the Top 20.

Previous month: India January 2018: Tata up 55% to highest share in over five years

One year ago: India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

Full February 2018 Top 25 All-brands and Top 80 models below.

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