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India May 2018: Maruti (+24%), Tata (+61%), Honda (+41%) outpace market up 20%

The Vitara Brezza breaks its volume record in May, helping Maruti up 24%.

* See the Top 25 All-brands and Top 100 models by clicking on the title *

Indian new car wholesales leap up a fantastic 19.9% to an estimated 300.583 units, only the second time in Indian history the market is above 300.000 monthly sales after the 307.511 reached in September 2017. The year-to-date tally is now up 9.5% to a new record 1.453.967 ex-factory deliveries. Never to be undone, Maruti brilliantly manages to outpace the market with a stunning 24% year-on-year gain leading to a 53.7% share and 161.497 units, each time coming 2nd best below last month’s records of 55% and 163.434. Maruti leaves its immediate followers reeling: both Hyundai (+7%) and Mahindra (+0.5%) fall way below the market growth. In constrast, Tata (+61%), Honda (+41%) and Ford (+35%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 whereas Nissan (-41%) and Renault (-22%) both struggle.

Its facelift brings the Creta a new volume record and its first time as Hyundai’s best-seller in India.

Model-wise, the Maruti Dzire shoots up 159% on the previous generation a year ago, signing a dazzling 8th win in the past 10 months. It now distances the Indian leader for the past 13 consecutive years, the Maruti Alto, by 10.000 units so far in 2018 which could end up being a historical year. The Maruti Baleno continues to post outstanding results, up 33% to 19.398 units, its 2nd best-ever volume below the 20.412 it notched just last month. Below the Maruti Swift (+16%) and Wagon R (+3%), the Maruti Vitara Brezza (+26%) breaks its volume record at 15.629 (previous best: 15.243 in July 2017). This means Maruti monopolises the Top 6 for the fourth time in history after JulyAugust and November 2017.

The new Amaze posts the highest ever monthly volume for any Honda in India.

Thanks to its facelift going on sale on May 21, the Hyundai Creta soars 31% year-on-year to break its all-time volume record at 11.004 (previous best 10.556 in July 2017), climbing to an all-time high 7th place, also hit in February 2016. The Creta is Hyundai’s best-seller in India for the very first time, eclipsing the Grand i10 and Elite i20. The new generation Honda Amaze reappears in the ranking directly at #11 with 9.789 sales, a new record for the nameplate but also the highest ever monthly volume for any Honda in India. It’s the Amaze’s highest ranking since October 2015. The Hyundai Verna (+575%), Maruti S-Cross (+105%), Maruti Celerio (+65%), Tata Tiago (+44%) and Ford Ecosport (+40%) also impress. Among recent launches, the Ford Freestyle is up 149% on its inaugural outing last month while the Toyota Yaris is up 79%, both nameplates breaking into the Top 30.

Previous month: India April 2018: Maruti breaks volume and share records at 55%

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

Full May 2018 Top 25 All-brands and Top 100 models below.

India May 2018 – brands:

13Mercedes (e)1,3000.4%52%146,6660.5%56%1312
14BMW (e)9000.3%79%134,3050.3%72%1515
16Audi (e)6000.2%-21%163,1550.2%-17%1616
17Jaguar Land Rover (e)2700.1%35%171,3460.1%35%1718
18Volvo (e)1650.1%43%188160.1%42%1820
20Porsche (e)400.0%90%192260.0%117%2021
21Mini (e)350.0%n/a211750.0%n/a2122
22Force (e)100.0%0%22500.0%0%2424
24Hindustan-Mitsubishi00.0%-100% –600.0%-75%2323
25Chevrolet00.0%-100% –00.0%-100%2517

(e): BSCB estimates

India May 2018 – models:

Note: No premium models are included here.

1Maruti DZire24,365159%1115,97669%12
2Maruti Alto21,890-7%3105,320-2%21
3Maruti Baleno19,39833%489,64134%43
4Maruti Swift19,20816%292,92712%34
5Maruti Wagon R15,9743%574,9544%55
6Maruti Vitara Brezza15,62926%862,99921%67
7Hyundai Creta11,00431%1048,96710%99
8Hyundai Grand i1010,939-16%757,896-9%86
9Hyundai Elite i2010,6640%659,3803%78
10Maruti Celerio10,16065%941,669-2%1110
11Honda Amaze9,789640% –14,274-1%2927
12Maruti Omni8,86130%1236,221-2%1312
13Mahindra Bolero8,12619%1141,96420%1013
14Maruti Eeco7,85636%1334,74618%1414
15Tata Tiago7,06044%1537,24053%1216
16Toyota Innova Crysta6,0718%1433,2339%1515
17Renault Kwid5,196-26%1628,505-32%1611
18Ford Ecosport5,00340%2326,74631%1723
19Maruti Ertiga4,872-32%1724,988-18%1817
20Maruti S-Cross4,610105%2519,26170%2531
21Hyundai Eon4,609-14%2124,434-10%1920
22Tata Nexon4,308new2022,510new2342
23Maruti Ignis4,132-9%1922,850-6%2222
24Maruti Ciaz4,024-15%1823,420-19%2119
25Hyundai Verna3,801575%2420,631440%2433
26Mahindra Scorpio3,775-20%2224,1183%2021
27Hyundai Xcent3,673-3%2616,716-6%2824
28Tata Tigor3,07131%3013,77253%3037
29Ford Freestyle3,027new414,244new47 –
30Toyota Yaris2,843new374,428new46 –
31Mahindra XUV5002,77032%2811,5494%3330
32Honda City2,763-32%2718,662-36%2618
33Datsun Redi-GO2,06722%3211,8779%3229
34Honda WR-V1,962-30%2916,95966%2725
35Mahindra TUV3001,939-17%3112,4838%3128
36Toyota Fortuner1,902-3%339,873-3%3534
37VW Polo1,570-5%388,2853%3839
38Jeep Compass1,518new349,645new3645
39Mahindra KUV1001,481-26%3611,381-11%3432
40Tata Zest1,178-13%456,487-42%4138
41Toyota Etios1,131-26%408,224-24%3935
42Toyota Etios Liva1,1313%445,5453%4244
43Renault Duster1,046-27%395,297-21%4341
44VW Ameo900-3%424,780-39%4540
45Skoda Rapid8702%474,090-20%4848
46Tata Hexa81412%464,804-11%4443
47Honda Jazz680-63%359,414-28%3726
48Mahindra Xylo653-4%593,155-3%5251
49Ford Aspire601-64%436,643-37%4036
50Tata Sumo547482%503,22424%5155
51VW Vento5453%512,818-24%5450
52Maruti Gypsy518-40%572,96661%5354
53Honda BR-V469-46%494,021-22%4946
54Datsun GO+4250%522,5474%5657
55Nissan Micra400-30%542,531-25%5749
56Datsun GO393-9%562,206-33%5952
57Ford Endeavour3515%582,55018%5556
58Renault Captur324new631,523new6275
59Tata Safari/Storme30427%532,52451%5860
60Skoda Octavia286125%601,27045%6367
61Toyota Corolla264-51%611,628-15%6161
62Tata Bolt187-28%691,186-43%6462
63Honda Brio183-52%551,638-35%6059
64Hyundai Tucson16997%6296546%6674
65Renault Lodgy166-20%67736-50%7063
66Skoda Kodiaq153new65882new6777
67Nissan Terrano151-61%64768-46%6964
68Hyundai Elantra149-21%66776-27%6870
69Nissan Sunny133-34%681,0324%6569
70Skoda Superb11129%706498%7173
71Mahindra Verito+Vibe83822%725457%7378
72Ford Figo80-93%483,791-38%5047
73VW Tiguan73-23%71467392%7481
74Fiat Punto Evo40-86%73201-84%7872
75Toyota Camry26-78%76182-69%7980
76VW Passat20n/a75215n/a7687
77Tata Nano20-94%74205-87%7768
78Honda CR-V18-38%78101-38%8084
79Toyota Land Cruiser9-36%7759-19%8288
80Fiat Linea9-84%8035-87%8482
81Ford Mustang7-22%7930-73%8589
82Toyota Prado1n/a827n/a86n/a

Sources: Auto Punditz, Team BHP

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Buying frenzy in India.
    Steaming hot Maruti.

    Utterly embarassing circumstances regarding Renault.
    The French created a nice foothold 5 years ago, reaped early Kwid benefits.
    Since one year the market accelerates, yet Renault keeps on sinking … deep.
    EU darling Captur, 333 units in a mega market. Appalling

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