The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R signs is first ever annual win in India.
The Indian new car market rallies back up 26.7% year-on-year in 2021 to cross the 3 million unit-mark for the first time since 2018 at 3,076,731 wholesales. Maruti Suzuki (+12.5%) can’t quite match the market growth and sees its market share fall quite drastically from a round 50% last year to 44.4%. 2nd-ranked Hyundai (+19.2%) also trails the market and loses one percentage point of market share from 17.4% to 16.4%. In contrast Tata (+94.6%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year to leap to 10.8% for the year, even toppling Hyundai for 2nd place overall in December. Mahindra (+47.1%) also shines and overtakes Kia (+29.2%) to snap the 4th spot. Toyota (+71.8%) is also in outstanding shape and steps up one spot to #6, passing Renault (+19.1%). Honda (+26.3%) stays at #8 while MG (+43.2%) is up one rank to #9 and Nissan (+1232.3%) is up five to #10 thanks to one model: the Magnite. Ford (-26.9%) has now left the Indian market while Volkswagen (+70.8%), Skoda (+109.8%) and Jeep (+123%) all post stellar gains below.
Model-wise, we have a fourth winner in as many years: after the Maruti Suzuki DZire in 2018, the Alto in 2019 and the Swift in 2020, it’s the turn of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R to take the annual lead in India despite sales up just 24% and trailing the market. It is the first time the Wagon R ends the year at #1 in India. It topples last year’s leader the Swift (+8.9%) with the Baleno (+11.9%) staying at #3 and the Alto (+7.9%) down two spots to #4. The Hyundai Creta (+29.3%) is the best-selling non-Maruti vehicle at #5 vs. #7 last year, while Maruti Suzuki places 8 models in the Top 9: the DZire (-7%), Vitara Brezza (+38.6%), Eeco (+15.1%) and Ertiga (+41.8%) are in tow. The Tata Nexon (+122.3%) soars 8 spots to round out the Top 10. The Kia Sonet (+106.6%), Toyota Innova Crysta (+62.1%) and Tata Altroz (+48.2%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 20. The Renault Kiger (#34) is the best-selling 2020 launch but the most promising is the Tata Punch (#40) peaking at #10 in October. The Tata Safari (#45), Hyundai Alcazar (#46), Skoda Kushaq (#49) and Mahindra XUV700 (#50) also make it into the Top 50.
Full December 2021 Top 15 All-brands and Top 75 All-models below.
Full Year 2021 Top 16 All-brands and Top 100 All-models vs. Full Year 2020 figures below.