After the Swift's two million sales milestone, Maruti Suzuki has another reason to celebrate as its Baleno hatchback becomes the fastest car to breach the five lakh sales figure in its segment.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, has been the reigning champion of record-shattering sales figures in the country. Just a few days after announcing the Swift's two million sales milestone, the brand has now announced that its Baleno hatchback has gone on to become the fastest car to breach the five lakh sales mark in its segment, in record time of 38 months. This is no mean feat, as the segment in question is full of worthy competitors like the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz. Despite tough competition, the Baleno accounts for nearly 27 per cent market share in the A2+ car segment.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director of Marketing & Sales at Maruti Suzuki said, 'Baleno has become a resounding success in the highly competitive premium hatchback segment. It is a testimony of our best in class technology and customer experience. Our engineers have ensured that Baleno offers superior ride and handling, class leading performance and safety. With a staggering 20.6 % growth in first half of 2018-19, Baleno has been among the top selling cars in India, since 2016. We are grateful for our customers’ constant support that has made Baleno India’s most preferred premium hatchback.'
By entering the 'premium hatchback' segment, Maruti Suzuki Baleno became one of the first cars from the company to feature Apple CarPlay connectivity along with some other premium features like LED DRLs and LED-combination tail lights. In March 2017, the Baleno marked another historic moment for Maruti Suzuki in India as it became the first model to get a dedicated RS performance version. The regular hatchback gets a 1.2-litre VVT petrol motor or a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill. The former develops 83bhp and 115Nm of torque while the latter produces 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. The performance version, the RS, gets a 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol engine which produces 100bhp and 150Nm of torque. While the 1.2-litre VVT petrol motor gets a CVT automatic gearbox option, the RS is available with only a 5-speed manual gearbox.