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  • Top Selling Cars And SUVs Of 2017-18

    The financial year 2017-2018 was an eventful one for the automotive industry in India. From the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and the country’s transition to the BS IV emission norms, there were many new propositions that changed the rhythm of sales in the sector. The introduction of new passenger cars from luxury brands in the Indian automotive space was a highlight as well. The government’s intention to convert to an all-electric fleet by the year 2030 also received a push last year.

    Top Selling Cars and SUVs

    Here, we take a walk (or rather a drive) down memory lane and analyse all the new models of cars and SUVs that raked in the profits for car manufacturers in 2017-18.

    1. Maruti Alto - Maruti retained the pole position in the passenger vehicle segment in the year 2017-18, outselling most other auto brands by a good margin. The total number of units of the Alto sold were 2,57,732 in the calendar year 2017. The month of June 2017 saw the least number of vehicles sold, but the YOY growth recorded for the model was 13%.
    2. Maruti Dzire - The new generation of Dzire was introduced in the market in May 2017. The vehicle sold a whopping 30,934 units in the first two months of its introduction. The total number of units sold last year was 2,25,043, with an average sales figure of 18,754 units.
    3. Maruti Baleno - The Baleno recorded a sales growth of 81%, selling a total of 1,77,209 units last year. This is an average of 14,767 units each month. The RS variant of the Baleno was introduced last year, and it is quickly gaining popularity.
    4. Maruti Swift - The Swift has been one of the most popular cars from the Maruti stable in India. The vehicle has seen several special editions, each carving a niche for itself. 1,67,371 units of the car was sold last year, which is effectively an average of 13,948 units per month.
    5. The facelifted version of the Swift was launched early 2018. The new Swift is characterised by LED projector headlamps with DRLs, precision-cut alloy wheels, and LED rear combination lamps. The SmartPlay infotainment system, auto gear shift technology, push button for start and stop, automatic climate control facility, steering mounted audio controls, and smart key are other highlights of the 2018 Maruti Swift. The petrol version of the car (with automatic or manual transmission) provides fuel economy of 22 km/l. The car also made history when it received 1 lakh bookings within 2 weeks of launch in February 2018.

    6. Maruti WagonR - The WagonR has been a very popular offering from Maruti in the Indian automobile market. The WagonR was chosen by 1,66,815 car buyers in the calendar year 2017. The car also hit a landmark 2 million unit sales figure in the month of September 2017.
    7. Hyundai Grand i10 - The Hyundai Grand i10 was the top-selling car from the car manufacturer in the year 2017-18. The company sold 1,54,787 units of the hatchback in the calendar year 2017, averaging 12,900 units per month. The reliability of the vehicle is one of its key features. The vehicle also received an upgrade in February last year when it was equipped with a bigger diesel engine.
    8. Maruti Vitara Brezza - The Maruti Vitara Brezza, apart from winning the 2017 ICOTY award, also sold more than 1,40,945 units in 2017. The average monthly sales observed for the vehicle was 11,745 units. It also offers the highest mileage among all crossovers in the country.
    9. Hyundai Elite i20 - The Elite i20 is the second best-seller from the Hyundai fleet. The car manufacturer observed sales of 1,34,103 units of the hatchback in 2017, averaging 11,175 units each month. The vehicle saw a mid-life update in 2017 with a dual-tone paint scheme and additional features. The hatchback will get another makeover in 2018 as well.
    10. Hyundai Creta - Among the crossovers that recorded smashing sales in 2017-18, the Hyundai Creta stands at second position. It sold 1,05,484 units the last calendar year, with an average of 8,790 units each month. Despite the price tag of Rs.10 lakh, the Creta has managed to stay within the top 10 most selling cars consistently.
    11. Maruti Celerio - Last year, the Maruti Celerio sold 1,00,860 units, averaging 8,405 units each month. The car outsold the Swift in October 2017, but finished the year at the 10th position. Towards the end of the calendar year 2017, the car received a cosmetic upgrade. The Celerio X edition was also launched by Maruti in 2017.
    12. A car that just missed a spot in this list was the Renault Kwid, and it deserves an honourable mention. The top-selling car from Renault sold 92,440 units in 2017. The average sales per month was 7,703 units. The Kwid also managed to outsell the Celerio several times last year.

      Traditionally, the hatchbacks from Maruti have been the top choices for the prospective Indian customer. But there is now a segment shift with the crossovers outselling hatchbacks. This trend was seen with the Creta selling more units than the Kwid or Celerio last year.

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    News On Best Selling Cars In India

    • Nissan to Launch a New SUV instead of a Sedan

      Despite the sedan segment seeing a boost in the Indian market in the past few months, Nissan has decided to keep with the booming SUV market with the launch of the new Kicks.

      The Japanese car maker is set to launch the new SUV in January 2019. The design for the Kicks was conceptualised in Nissan’s Chennai studio. Executive Design Director for Nissan, Alfonso Albaisa has stated that the company’s focus has been on the sub 4-metre market for a while.

      14 September 2018

    • Datsun Plans To Launch A SUV In India

      Datsun is planning to introduce new car models to grab a larger share in the Indian car market. In the same direction, the automaker may soon bring an SUV below the price of Rs.10 lakh. The upcoming SUV is expected to be based on Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform. Datsun also plans to upgrade some of its existing car models with revised styling and features. The carmaker may soon introduce a special edition of its small car ‘Radigo’ in India.

      11 September 2018

    • Launch of New Honda CR-V SUV to Take Place Earlier than Expected

      The Indian subsidiary of one of the most popular car brands in the world, Honda Cars India Ltd. has plans to release the all-new CR-V premium SUV much before the end of 2018. Until very recently, there was speculation regarding the launch of the vehicle that was set for release at the end of the year, but the company intends on launching the vehicle in September itself. The new-gen Honda CR-V premium SUV is expected to compete with other major names in the industry such as the Toyota Fortuner. Moreover, the CR-V shall be made available in the country with a diesel option. Plus, unlike the present version of the vehicle that comes with five seats, the new-gen vehicle will have seven seats, and the company expects the additional seats as well as the diesel option to help contribute to a good amount of sales in the Indian market.

      7 September 2018

    • Launch of New Honda CR-V SUV in India

      Honda will be launching the 2018 CR-V SUV in Europe in the upcoming two months. The new car will have a host of updates to the interiors. However, the multiple engine options provided earlier will not be available in the new model.

      The car will have a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder VTEC turbo petrol engine and the customers can choose between a CVT and manual transmission unit. The SUV has a longer wheelbase when compared to the existing model, hence providing ample room to the passengers. The car may be available in a 7-seater option as well.

      The petrol engine offers 170 hp of peak power and 220 Nm of maximum torque when it is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. The power output of the engine is 190 hp and torque output is 243 Nm when the transmission is CVT.

      The car will be launched in India during the festive season in September. The Indian version will have a 1.6 l diesel engine and will be priced at Rs.27 lakh. The vehicle will compete with the Ford Endeavour, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Tuscon, Toyota Fortuner, and the mahindra XUV700 in the market.

      3 September 2018

    • Volvo Car India Sees Over 200 Bookings For Its Compact Luxury SUV XC40

      Volvo Car India, the Swedish luxury car maker has garnered more than 200 bookings for its compact luxury SUV XC40 in just 15 days after the launch. The newly launched SUV is priced between the range of Rs.39.9 lakh to Rs 43.9 lakhs (ex-showroom). With the XC40, Volvo plans to take on the three top German brands. The base model of the car packs rich features such as panoramic Sunroof, front radar, AWD, 9” centre touchscreen, leather upholstery, rear parking camera, Hill Descent Control, and others.

      21 August 2018

    • Vazirani Shul, India’s First Hypercar Launched At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

      Vazirani Automotive has recently unveiled Vazirani Shul turbine-electric hypercar at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The carmaker plans to put the prototype of the car to testing by the end of the year. The hypercar has been designed by Mumbai based Vazirani Automotive which is headed by designer and co-founder Chunky Vazirani. The car’s design has been influenced by the wind tunnel and reminisces of the Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept. The car gets its power from a jet turbine engine that is capable to deliver rapid acceleration and torque-heavy performance.

      17 August 2018

    • Official video of Volkswagen's all-new T-Cross compact SUV released

      Volkswagen is going to unveil the new T-Cross compact SUV which is a rival of Hyundai Creta soon. The company has released an official video regarding its upcoming launch. As per the latest updates from the company, the Volkswagen T-Cross will hit the international market first before coming to the domestic market. It is expected that the car will be launched in India by the end of 2020 or at the beginning of 2021. The official video released by Volkswagen displays the front and back of the T-cross covered with floral camouflage wraps. Even though the fine intricate design details of this car are not visible in the video, the latest video gives a clear view of the T-cross SUV.

      14 August 2018

    • Tata to Reveal the Name for the H5X SUV

      Tata Motors will soon reveal the name of its H5X SUV concept model via social media. The announcement for the reveal was released along with a teaser for the car. The car has originally made its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.

      If rumours are to be believed, the SUV could be called the Harrier. The car is expected to compete with the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. If Tata Motors follows its existing trend, the SUV is likely to come loaded with a number of hi-tech features.

      The car is expected to be launched in 2019.

      10 August 2018

    • Skoda May Launch Its Made-For-India Compact SUV in India In 2020

      Skoda has recently confirmed its plans to launch its first product based on the localised version of MQB A0 platform in India. The compact SUV is expected to make its entry in India in the second half of 2020. The approach is similar to that of Volkswagen that focuses on bringing market specific products in China, Brazil, and other countries. Skoda’s tailor made SUV for India is likely to be inspired by cars like Teramont, VW Virtus, and the Skoda Kamiq launched in Brazil and China.

      8 August 2018

    • Maruti Suzuki Achieves The Milestone of Selling 4 Lakh Units of Baleno in India

      Maruti Suzuki has recently announced that the company has sold over 4 lakh units of its premium hatchback Baleno. The milestone has been achieved in 3 years since the car was launched in 2015. In 2017, the automaker had sold 1,20,804 units of the car while in 2018, there has been a surge of 58% in the sales. The Baleno is one of the top selling cars of Maruti Suzuki in India. The facelifted version of the car was showcased in Auto Expo 2018 and the car is expected to launch next year.

      6 August 2018

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