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India August 2020: Tata (+154%), Kia (+74%), Renault (+41.3%) headline resurgent wholesales (+19.6%)

The facelifted Nexon helps Tata sales up 154%.

The coronavirus pandemic and the Indian new car market have started evolving in opposite directions. On one hand, India has endured the highest new daily Covid-19 cases of any country since the start of the pandemic (85.687 in August 26) and nears 4 million total cases. On the other hand, as business in the country is by and large back to normal despite the sanitary crisis, wholesales in August surge 19.6% year-on-year to 234.142 units, cutting the year-to-date fall to -35.9% at 1.238.896. The fact that August 2019 was a particularly dreadful month (down -30.6%) when dealerships were stocked up also helped make this month perhaps look better than it is. According to local media however, OEMs have a positive outlook for the rest of the year and have already prepared for the festive season, with Ganesha Chaturthi & Onam being celebrated in Western & Southern parts of the country. Much better expected August volumes prompt us to up our 2020 Indian forecast again from 2.08 million (-30%) last month to 2.23 million (-25%) which would still be the lowest annual result since 2009.

Hyundai Creta sales are up 95.9% thanks to the new generation.

Brand leader Maruti (+21.3%) manages to slightly outpace the market to improve its share to 48.3%, however remaining below the 50.5% it holds so far in 2020. Hyundai (+19.9%) almost exactly matches the market growth rate and remains at a strong 19.6% share, well above its YTD level of 17.8%, but the best performer this month is without a doubt Tata (+154%) up 2.5-fold on August 2019 to reach 7.9% share vs. 3.7% a year ago. If Mahindra (+2%) underperforms while staying in positive, both Kia (+74%) and Renault (+41.3%) post stellar results, as does MG (+41.3%) at the tail end of the Top 10. Strikingly in the naughty corner we find global behemoths Toyota (-48.1%), Volkswagen (-36.3%), Nissan (-33.3%), Ford (-14.2%) and Honda (-9.4%), proving once again that the Indian market presents its specific set of challenges and worldwide success often doesn’t help here. Datsun (-45.1%), Jeep (-22.6%) and Skoda (-13.8%) are also falling into oblivion.

The Triber (+56.9%) celebrates one year in market and helps Renault up 41.3%.

Model-wise, the Maruti Swift (+19.5%) is up 4 spots on July to lodge its third win in the past 10 months after last November and February, followed by the Maruti Alto (+42.2%) which remains in the YTD lead. The Maruti Wagon R (+20.8%) is down one spot on last month but advances to #3 year-to-date. Below the Maruti DZire (+2.7%) underperforming, the Hyundai Creta (+95.9%) continues to fully benefit from the new generation and slides into the Top 5 for the 4th consecutive month. The Kia Seltos (+68.4%) is the only additional Top 13 model to outpace the market as it become the second fastest SUV to reach 100.000 wholesales (13 months) below the Maruti Vitara Brezza (12) but above the Hyundai Venue (15), Ford Ecosport (23) and Tata Nexon (24). Further down, the Maruti Ignis (+146.7%), Hyundai Aura (+145.3%), Tata Nexon (+127.6%), Tiago (+89.1%), Renault Kwid (+67.8%) and Triber (+56.9%) impress.

Previous month: India July 2020: Maruti (+1.3%), Tata (+43.2%), Renault (+75.5%) help stabilise market (-1%)

One year ago: India August 2019: Renault Triber, Kia Seltos land with a splash in devastated market (-30.6%)

Full August 2020 Top 15 All India-made brands and Top 85 All-models below.

India August 2020 – brands:


India August 2020 – models:

1Maruti Swift14,86919.5%576,904-38.7%33
2Maruti Alto14,39742.2%184,519-41.5%11
3Maruti Wagon R13,77020.8%278,074-25.2%25
4Maruti DZire13,6292.7%665,902-49.6%52
5Hyundai Creta11,75895.9%448,032-33.7%810
6Maruti Baleno10,742-2.9%376,680-35.9%44
7Kia Seltos10,65568.4%1064,140913.9%622
8Hyundai Grand i1010,1908.4%946,343-29.4%99
9Maruti Ertiga9,30210.9%744,213-32.4%1011
10Maruti Eeco9,1155.3%852,553-31.2%78
11Hyundai Venue8,267-11.5%1243,55325.4%1113
12Hyundai Elite i207,7659.8%1338,063-52.5%137
13Maruti Vitara Brezza6,903-2.9%1142,337-47.6%126
14Tata Tiago5,74389.1%1425,367-44.0%1717
15Maruti Celerio5,68419.3%1531,446-38.4%1512
16Mahindra Bolero5,48737.4%1628,234-42.1%1614
17Maruti S-Presso5,312new1934,273new1425
18Tata Nexon5,179127.6%1723,091-32.6%1820
19Tata Altroz4,951new1821,528new19 –
20Renault Triber3,90656.9%2119,695691.0%2229
21Honda Amaze3,684-18.8%2418,268-63.0%2415
22Renault Kwid3,67767.8%2218,752-46.9%2319
23Mahindra Scorpio3,32716.2%2016,610-46.4%2521
24Maruti Ignis3,262146.7%2712,124-25.9%3130
25Hyundai Aura (Xcent)3,228145.3%3220,70648.8%2034
26Mahindra XUV3002,99018.1%2515,183-49.9%2823
27Toyota Innova Crysta2,943-38.6%2320,558-54.9%2118
28Ford Ecosport2,757-4.3%2616,500-41.0%2624
29MG Hector2,73235.4%2813,044269.9%2939
30Maruti S-Cross2,527279.4%473,536-73.5%4336
31Hyundai Santro2,395-27.2%3315,456-67.6%2716
32Honda City2,29944.3%298,753-61.1%3327
33Hyundai Verna2,01526.2%307,741-63.1%3528
34Maruti XL61,846-21.6%3112,506430.8%3042
35Tata Harrier1,694166.8%375,485-49.3%3643
36Toyota Glanza1,418-38.9%3410,59624.0%3237
37Maruti Ciaz1,223-23.4%358,513-62.0%3426
38Tata Tigor1,01622.0%424,225-52.9%3945
39VW Polo1,008-35.9%365,389-51.9%3835
40Mahindra XUV500919-5.1%393,807-69.0%4238
41Toyota Fortuner733-16.5%385,447-53.0%3741
42Honda WR-V729-38.1%412,436-83.9%5132
43Ford Freestyle72011.3%463,422-56.4%4449
44Skoda Rapid697-11.9%403,978-34.1%4048
45Ford Endeavour63711.4%432,844-37.3%4855
46Mahindra Marazzo635-8.9%673,181-78.9%4633
47Honda Jazz5834.5% –629-91.2%6350
48Datsun Redi-GO501-33.3%443,341-55.8%4546
49Renault Duster477-50.7%502,280-65.2%5252
50Jeep Compass468-22.6%482,737-66.2%4947
51Maruti Gypsy452n/a451,983252.2%5385
52Toyota Yaris438103.7%532,48615.8%5064
53Ford Aspire431-17.3%512,867-59.0%4753
54VW T-Roc227new49645new62 –
55Honda Civic20441.7%60683-81.0%6059
56Kia Carnival198new523,828new41 –
57Nissan Kicks19211.6%581,382-60.4%5660
58Ford Figo186-79.2%571,664-68.2%5554
59Skoda Karoq175new –175new77 –
60VW Vento172-39.2%541,254-63.7%5757
61Hyundai Tucson139139.7%61269-59.1%7080
62Skoda Superb1223.4%64718-13.4%5975
63MG ZS EV119new59658new61 –
64Datsun GO+65-61.5%62362-82.4%6868
65VW Tiguan63-25.0%55393-11.7%6676
66Datsun GO52-74.6%65406-80.6%6567
67Mahindra KUV10048-71.6%63370-86.1%6762
68Hyundai Elantra26-36.6%68204-64.9%7482
69Hyundai Kona26-70.5%6615720.8%7990
70Toyota Vellfire16new69251new7196
71Honda CR-V10-90.7%70101-84.3%8278
72Skoda Octavia9-94.0%72592-61.5%6470
73Toyota Camry7-92.6%71289-33.1%6984
74Mahindra Alturas G41-98.6% –107-93.7%8171
75Mahindra TUV3000-100.0% –1,701-82.6%5444
76Skoda Kodiaq0-100.0%56817-18.2%5873
77Mahindra Verito+Vibe0-100.0%73248-65.9%7277
78Tata Zest0-100.0% –215-94.3%7358
79Tata Hexa0-100.0% –198-90.6%7565
80Nissan Sunny0-100.0% –178-65.2%7683
81VW Ameo0-100.0% –173-96.3%7856
82Nissan Micra0-100.0% –143-82.5%8079
83Honda BR-V0-100.0% –60-97.2%8366
84Tata Bolt0-100.0% –57-77.8%8488
85Mahindra Xylo0-100.0% –56-98.1%8563
86Jeep Wrangler0new –10new86 –

Source: Manufacturers

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