Maruti Suzuki recently announced that it sold a total of 172,535 units in January 2023 – a nearly 12 per cent month-on-month (MoM) increase over the 1,54,379 units sold in January last year. Domestic sales accounted for 151,367 units of the total 1.73 lakh cars sold by Maruti Suzuki, while sales to other OEMs accounted for 3,775 units. The remaining 17,393 units were exported to other markets. The company also claimed that the lack of electronic components had only a minor impact on vehicle production, primarily of domestic models. Despite customer preferences shifting towards SUVs, hatchbacks posted positive YoY growth in January 2023. Hyundai's Tarun Garg previously stated that while the hatchback segment is shrinking, it is still an important segment for India, as indicated by sales in January 2023. Here are the top five best-selling hatchbacks in India, as well as their sales figures and year-on-year growth for the month of January.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
The Alto, an entry-level hatchback from Maruti Suzuki, was the most popular model in January 2023. With sales of 21,411 units and a YoY growth of 73 per cent in January 2023, the Alto also wins the title of the best-selling passenger car. In January last year, the carmaker sold 12,342 units of the Alto.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto has received a significant design update – the entry-level hatchback is now larger than before, thanks to its new platform. The new Alto borrows some design cues from the Celerio and comes with either an 800cc engine or a more powerful 1.0-litre K-Series engine with CNG.
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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
One of Maruti Suzuki's first offerings, the Wagon R, has been a major driver of sales for the automaker for many years. The ‘tall boy’ hatchback has undergone numerous updates over time. And now in its most recent iteration, it continues to bring in decent numbers for the carmaker. Maruti Suzuki sold 20,466 units of the car in January this year, compared to 20,334 units in January 2022, registering a one per cent increase. Similar to the majority of Maruti Suzuki vehicles, the Wagon R is offered in gasoline and CNG versions, with manual and AMT gearboxes.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Next is Maruti Suzuki's popular hatchback, the Swift. In January 2023, the automaker sold 16,440 units of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, but the hatchback experienced a sales decline of 14 per cent. Maruti Suzuki sold 19,108 units in the first month of 2022. The Maruti Suzuki Swift is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a manual or an AMT gearbox. CNG variants are also available for the model.
In January 2023, the Tata Tiago, the automaker's entry-level model, was the fourth best-selling hatchback. By selling 9,032 units of the Tiago in January 2023, Tata Motors achieved a significant YoY growth of 74 per cent, for it sold only 5,195 units of the car in January last year. Since it’s offered with electric, gasoline, and CNG powertrain options, the Tata Tiago hatchback appeals to a diverse range of customers. The Tiago EV is also the most budget-friendly EV in India right now, and it comes with two battery packs, making it an ideal city hatchback.
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Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the automaker's high-end hatchback model that rivals the likes of the Tata Altroz and the Hyundai i20, takes the fifth spot on our list of best-selling hatchbacks in January 2023. With a YoY growth of 141 per cent, Maruti Suzuki sold 16,357 Baleno units last month in comparison to 6,791 units in January 2022. Sales of the Baleno have increased as a result of the most recent update it received, which added features like a HUD unit and a host of connected car technologies, which allow users to access the car through their smartwatches.
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