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India July 2021: Tata, Mahindra, Toyota help lift market up 48.9%

The Tata Nexon breaks its volume record in India in July.

Indian new car wholesales shoot up 48.9% year-on-year in July to 294.330 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 86.3% to 1.871.941. Given July 2020 was roughly stable vs. the year prior (-1%), July 2021 is also up 45.9% on July 2019 pre-pandemic levels, and marks the highest July volume since 2017 (296.346). Maruti Suzuki (+36.8%) is vigorously up but trails the market to 45.4% share vs. 45.8% so far this year, with Hyundai (+25.8%) also shy at 16.3% vs. 17%. The next five manufacturers all outpace the market. Tata (+101.1%) more than doubles its sales year-on-year to 10.3% share vs. 9.5% year-to-date, while Mahindra (+90.7%) is up to 7.1% share vs. 6.2% across 2021. Kia (+76.6%) is also very dynamic but ends the month below its year-to-date share at 5.1% vs. 6%. Toyota (+143.3%) scores the largest gain in the Top 9 while Renault (+52.4%) edges past the market growth rate. MG (+100.7%) delivers a fantastic uptick to climb to #9 but the best performer in the Top 10 is Nissan (+4681.8%) lifted by the new Magnite. Skoda (+234.1%) and Jeep (+127.3%) also impress further down.

This month we welcome the Skoda Kushaq in the charts. 

Over in the models ranking, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (+69%) manages a third win in the past four months but remains in 2nd place year-to-date below the Maruti Suzuki Swift (+81.2%), itself remaining at #2 in July. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno (+27.2%) is faithful to the third place it holds so far this year, ahead of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (+58%) up four spots on June to #4. The Hyundai Creta (+12.6%) is one of only two non-Maruti vehicles in the Top 10, edging up two ranks on last month to #5 overall. The Maruti Suzuki Alto (-5.8%) endures the only year-on-year drop in the Top 13 while the Vitara Brezza (+62.4%) posts a solid lift. The Tata Nexon (+137.7%) scores its second Top 10 finish in the past three months at #9 and breaks its all-time volume record at 10.287. The Kia Sonet (#13) is the best-selling recent launch (< 12 months) ahead of the Nissan Magnite (#23), Renault Kiger (#29) and Hyundai Alcazar (#32). This month we welcome the Skoda Kushaq at #40 with 1.822 sales, at 4.22m long it is 20mm shorter than the Kamiq sold in Europe and it’s a new competitor to the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.

Previous month: India June 2021: Market back up 14% on two years ago, Maruti Wagon R #1

One year ago: India July 2020: Maruti, Tata, Renault help stabilise market (-1%)

Full July 2021 Top 16 brands and Top 80 models below.

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