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A year ago in June 2017 the Indian new car market slumped due to delayed wholesale orders in anticipation of GST changes taking place in July. As a result, this month new car sales surge a gargantuan 37.9% year-on-year to 271.920 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 13.2% to a record 1.725.887 wholesales. Market leader Maruti once again manages to outpace the overall growth – as spectacular as it is – with a 44% uplift but drops below 50% share for the first time since March at 49.3% as it shuts factory lines down for a week for annual maintenance work. Below Hyundai weak at +21%, Tata soars 63% to land on the podium at #3 for only the third time in the past 6 years after November 2016 and November 2017. Honda (+37%) matches the market at #4, wth both Tata and Honda knocking Mahindra (+6%) down to #5 for the month. Toyota (+563%) compensates for a particularly weak score a year ago, and while Ford (+37%) is in line with the market, Volkswagen (-24%), Datsun (-15%) and Renault (-3%) all post paltry results in the remainder of the Top 10.
The top of the models ranking is extremely dynamic, with 3 of the 4 best-sellers virtually doubling their sales year-on-year. The Maruti DZire takes off at a mammoth +103% to sign a 9th win in the past 11 months, the Maruti Swift is up 84% to step up to 2nd place and the Maruti Baleno is up 97% to #4. The Maruti Alto, the Indian leader for the past 13 consecutive years, is down to third place with sales up just 22% on June 2017. Worryingly, it’s the 2nd time in the past 3 months that the Alto falls to #3 whereas it had only happened twice in the past 15 years: in June 2004 and May 2014… Below the Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai Elite i20 both up a slim 6%, the Hyundai Creta (+73%) breaks its volume record for the 2nd month running at 11.111 sales, the Honda Amaze (+663%) breaks into the Top 10 for the first time since October 2015 and the Tata Tiago beats its volume record at 8.327 vs. 8.316 in September 2017.
Full June 2018 Top 20 All-brands and Top 85 models below.