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Indian car sales January 2017: Highs and lows

Indian car sales January 2017: Highs and lows
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Tuesday 07 February 2017, 20:06 PM

November and December 2016 have been low for car makers with Demonetisation crippling a large section of the economy. With the new currency coming in, the market is bullish again and it is reflecting in the car sales for January. The overall sales have grown and so have the numbers of almost cars albeit for a select few. So here are some cars that have managed to get high on the growth chart and those ended up lower.

Highs

Maruti Celerio

For Maruti, the Celerio has been considered as a dud. It did not manage to excite the market much but if you see the numbers, the monthly sales of the Celerio exceed quite a few car makers in the market. This month, the Celerio sales shot over 10,000 units, 52 per cent more than its sales last month to register its best performance in the last six months.

Hyundai Grand i10

Generally, when the facelift of a car is due, the sales numbers taper off as buyers would rather wait for the new one or opt for another. The Grand i10 facelift was launched yesterday but it still managed to sell 13,010 units in January, almost 2,500 units more than it did last month. With the fresh looks and added equipment, the Swift will certainly be wary of the Hyundai.

Honda Jazz

Honda sales have been dwindling gradually over time with the competition coming up with products of similar quality but with much better pricing. The new Honda Jazz sales have sprung back to over 3,000 units a month, a jump of almost 100 per cent. Even the sales of the Brio and the City are seemingly looking at an upward trend with the new City update due later this month.

Lows

Toyota Innova Crysta

Well, Toyota’s cash cow, the Innova, has dropped its sales chart numbers. After the seeming revival after demonetisation in December, the sales are down by over 20 per cent in January. As a matter of co-incidence, the sales numbers of the Tata Hexa in the first month almost match the drop in Innova numbers. Is it a story in the making?

Renault Kwid

This little number from Renault had taken the Indian car market by surprise even managing to eat into the Alto and almost annihilating the Hyundai Eon. The super compact SUV-ish hatchback sales have dropped by over 20 per cent over the last month in spite of the overall sales going up in this segment.

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord hasn’t been able to sell any car for the second month in a row. The accord comes with a state-of-the-art hybrid technology but being imported as a completely built unit, is priced much higher than the competition which has the Toyota Camry Hybrid (Rs 10 lakh cheaper) and the Skoda Superb L&K diesel (Rs 8 lakh cheaper).

 

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