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India car sales for August 2016: Highs and Lows

India car sales for August 2016: Highs and Lows
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Sunday 11 September 2016, 13:54 PM

The month of August is generally lost in limbo between the monsoons and the impending festive season. With the rain gods showering happiness this year, the festive season looks promising and manufacturers will be hoping to gain momentum from now on to capitalise on the expected buying spree. We crunch sales figures of all manufacturers to find out which of them have managed to get high and those who seem to have missed the bus.

Highs

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

While the overall sales for the Indian major in August have dipped as compared to last month, the S-Cross seems to have chalked out a revival story. After selling 110 units in June and 369 units in July, the crossover sold 2023 units in August, a 448 per cent jump in sales. Maruti dealers have been offering huge discounts for the S-Cross which seems to have worked in its favour ahead of the festive season. Also, the waiting period for the Vitara Brezza might have helped the S-Cross with its numbers.

Hyundai Elite i20

The Hyundai Elite i20 has been a cash cow for the Korean car maker since its introduction. After the initial scare from the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Elite i20 has reclaimed its top position in the premium hatchback segment by selling almost 1201 units more as compared to last month. With the launch of the Elite i20 automatic, Hyundai should expect to consolidate its rank with the Baleno almost 2500 units behind in this month.

Ford Figo/Aspire

The Ford twins had suffered setbacks in the last month with sales being hit by over 50 per cent each. Quick to react, Ford announced realigned prices, making the cars cheaper by Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The move seems to have worked in their favour with the sales figures coming back to four digits. With sales up from 748 to 1304 for the Aspire and 710 to 1274 for the Figo, we hope the Figo twins continue to sell in better numbers.

Lows

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Things are not going well for in the GM camp with Chevrolet cars not managing to sell in spite of the numerous schemes and camps. The full-size SUV, the Trailblazer, has managed to sell nought units in the month of August, two less than the number of units sold in the previous month. With the Ford Endeavour coming in to fray and the Fortuner still holding on, the Trailblazer seems to have run out of blaze on this trail.

Honda BR-V

The Honda BR-V started off strong selling more units every month. After the initial fervour, the seven-seater crossover SUV seems to have lost its appeal with its sales dropping off by almost 33 per cent from 3333 units to 2229 units in August 2016. Built on the Mobilio platform, the butch-looking SUV competes with the Hyundai Creta.

Hyundai Verna

The Hyundai Verna has had a successful run thanks to its futuristic fluidic design theme and Hyundai’s largesse with features and equipment. After almost six years of its existence, the Verna seems dated in spite of the periodic facelifts. With the news of the new Verna doing rounds, buyers seem to have been opting for the newer models like the Ciaz and the City.  

 

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