October 2017 witnessed a decline in year-on-year automotive sales, despite it being the peak festive season.
Unsurprisingly, Maruti Suzuki dominated the Indian car sales charts by achieving a 9.5 per cent year-on-year growth. The company also exported more than 10 thousand cars last month. Going by the present trend, it seems like the Maruti Dzire has officially overtaken the Alto to become India’s favourite car. The new Dzire also achieved a record one lakh sales in India very recently.
Accompanying the Dzire were five more cars from Maruti Suzuki’s stable on the top 10 list. The Alto, Baleno, WagonR, Celerio and Swift - all continue to fly-off Maruti Suzuki showrooms. The company recently introduced the refreshed Celerio, which surely helped the hatchback gain more numbers in October. However, was is still behind its core rival, the Hyundai Grand i10, by more than 2,000 units.
The Renault Kwid’s off-beat design seem to have gone well with the customers, and the car’s good sale figures reflect the same. Another car which is the hero product for its company is the Tata Tiago. The hatchback found almost seven thousand homes last month, and has also completed its one lakh unit production run very recently.
|Maruti Suzuki Dzire||20,610|
|Maruti Suzuki Alto||19,947|
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno||14,538|
|Hyundai Grand i10||14,417|
|Maruti Suzuki WagonR||13,043|
|Maruti Suzuki Celerio||12,209|
|Maruti Suzuki Swift||12,057|
It was surprising to see none of the small SUVs sell as well in October. Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta, generally, sell in big numbers to make it in the top 10. The new Tata Nexon is yet to make an impact in the compact SUV space.
While both Hyundai Grand i10 and i20 continued their strong run last month, the company’s overall sales witnessed a slight decline. As a whole, it was only Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors which could manage growth last month, with most other companies witnessing a fall in their monthly sales. For Ford, the decline was a substantial 32 per cent year-on-year.