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Car sales India March 2017:Highs and Lows

Car sales India March 2017:Highs and Lows
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Thursday 06 April 2017, 18:25 PM

The financial year 2016-17 has ended on a high for the Indian car market as car sales have breached the 3 million mark for the first time in history. The sales have grown by over 9 per cent over the last year and sales numbers of March bear testimony to the fact. We shuffle the numbers in all possible ways to find out which cars managed to end the year on a high and which cars had to lie low.

Winners:

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

March 2017 has to be declared the month of the Baleno. The premium hatchback sold an impossible 16,426 units in March, almost 60 per cent over the 10,623 units it sold in February 2016. Baleno’s success also means success of Nexa, Maruti’s premium set of dealerships.

Hyundai Creta

Well, this is the first time in the past year that the Hyundai Creta has gone beyond 10,000 units. The Creta is now the undisputed king of the premium compact SUVs in India and it turns out that March 2017 has been a stellar month for most Hyundai cars.

Volkswagen Vento

The Volkswagen Vento barely sells 1000 units in a good month and in March, it sold almost 1,500 units. What surprises us more is that its Czech cousin, the Skoda Rapid, also had a stellar month. Looking at the overall sales spread, it seems that the Indian car market sales volumes are shifting a segment upwards with an increased want of premium products for a good price.

Losers:

Maruti Ciaz

It is rare that a Maruti product concedes its hard earned lead but with just 4,918 units sold in March, the Ciaz has fallen way behind the Honda City. It might be because the C-segment sedan was being moved from the regular dealerships to Nexa. We will have to wait till next month to find out.

Tata Hexa

After the Tata Tiago, the Hexa was supposed to take Tata’s fight further but it seems that the Indian conglomerate has missed the bus again. After the Aria dud, the optimistic pricing of the Hexa seems to have worked against the car and despite being better than the Mahindra XUV500, it hasn’t been able to match the numbers.

Chevrolet

Amidst news of General Motors signing a labour pact for the next three years and rumours of them wanting to shut down operations in India, one thing is certain - the brand might not sustain well in India under the current scenario for long now. With sales of all models down to a trickle, and new products getting delayed month after month, the omens are ominous.

 

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