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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

    • Tata Reveals Details of the Upcoming Harrier

      Tata Motors has released new details of its upcoming SUV, Harrier. The car was initially showcased in the 2018 Auto Expo where it was revealed that the carmaker’s latest offering was built on the same platform as the Jaguar Land Rover Discovery Sport.

      Tata Motors refers to this platform as the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (Omega arc). The Harrier will come with a wheelbase of 2,740mm much like the Discovery Sport. The steel used in the manufacture of the Harrier will be supplied by Tata Steel.

      The car will come with a manual transmission gearbox and is expected to have a 2.0-litre diesel engine and will be competing with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, and the Mahindra XUV500. Tata Motors is expected to launch the Harrier in early 2019 and is likely to be priced at around Rs.15 lakh.

      12 November 2018

    • Kia Trazor SUV to be launched in India sooner than expected

      Kia Motors, a branch of Korean auto giants Hyundai Motors, is ready to launch its first car in the Indian market. Some of its cars has already been showcased to Indian journalists. The company was planning to launch its first product here in July-August 2019. However, new reports suggest that the vehicle is likely to be launched in April 2019, instead of the July-August period.

      The first car from Kia Motors is the Hyundai Creta-based SUV Kia Trazor. The expected price of the Kia Trazor is expected to be around Rs.9 lakh to Rs.15 lakh. The Kia Trazor will share the same engine as the Hyundai Creta. It will be available in a 1.4-litre diesel variant, a 1.6-litre diesel variant, and a 1.6-litre petrol variant. Both the diesel variants will be clubbed with a manual transmission system. The other engine will come with both manual and automatic transmission options. The second car in the queue will be the Kia Rio. The Rio is a hatchback and is expected to launch soon after the Kia Trazor. The Rio will be locking horns against the other B+ segment hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Elite i20, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and the Honda Jazz.

      7 November 2018

    • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga set to be launched on 21st November: Bookings open

      The second generation of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is buckled up to make its debut in India. The launch has been stated to take place on the 21 November 2018. The MPV is already up on the production line of the company and a number of Maruti dealers have already started accepting bookings for the car.

      The new-gen India-bound Ertiga is almost identical to the Ertiga which has been launched earlier in Indonesia this year. Maruti will offer 2 engine options for the MPV - A new 1.5-litre petrol trim with a power delivering capacity of 105 horses and a 1.3-litre diesel trim which can deliver 90 horses. The car also receives a number of cosmetic changes such as an angular nose, slimmer headlamps, and a set of wide, wraparound tail lamps with LEDs. The vehicle is now based on the lightweight Heartect platform of Maruti. Thus, it is expected to be lighter but stronger than the current gen of the cars.

      2 November 2018

    • New Honda Amaze becomes Honda’s fastest selling car ever in India

      The all new Amaze, the newest car to be launched by Honda Cars India has become the faster selling new car ever for Honda Cars India. More than 30,000 units of the vehicle have been sold within the first three months of the launch of the vehicle. This is the highest number of sales recorded by the company in close to 20 years of operations in the country. The overwhelming success of the new Honda Amaze showcases the excellent sales performances of Honda Cars India in the recent years. An overall cumulative sales growth of 12.5% has been recorded from April to July 2018. India is the first country to get a taste of the all new Amaze. The car has been specifically designed keeping in mind the special demands of the market in India. The Amaze gives a premium Sedan experience with its noteworthy driving performance, the spacious interiors, bold design, and the safety technologies that come with it. The new Honda Amaze comes with two engine options, a turbocharged diesel engine that provides 98 bhp peak power and 200 Nm torque to go with it and a 1.2 litre petrol engine producing a power of 88 bhp and a torque of 110 Nm to go with it. There has been an increasing demand for automatic variants in the compact sedan class in the country. The diesel CVT, the first in the industry and the petrol CVT contribute to 30% sales of the Amaze.

      30 October 2018

    • Nissan released Nissan Kicks Compact SUV sketches for India

      Nissan Motor has recently released the sketches of their upcoming Kicks compact SUV. This came soon after the announcement of the new strategy that the Japanese automobile makers make up with for the Indian market. The latest SUV from the production line of Nissan is set to make its debut in the Indian market in early 2019.

      The Nissan Kicks SUV is already on sale in the international market and is based on the V-platform. However, the Indian version of the SUV will be based on the BO on which the Renault Duster, Renault Captur, and the Nissan Terrano are based on. The sketches of the Kicks reveal that the design is in-line with the global design of the car and will feature the V-motion front grille. The sketches show muscular wheel arches, raked A-pillar, and an agile stance. A set of LED headlamps and boomerang-shaped tail lamps are also expected. On the mechanical front, it is expected to have a configuration similar to the Renault Captur which is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine which can juice out 108 bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque. It is clubbed with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 1.5-litre petrol variant is likely to be on offer as well. There are no reports on the availability of an automatic version of the Kicks.

      26 October 2018

    • Ceat Ties Up with Elys Intelligent Devices to Launch Car Safety Device

      Ceat Tyres has partnered with Elys Intelligent Devices to launch a car safety device. Raksha SafeDrive works by immediately informing emergency contacts on sensing an impact on the vehicle. In addition to informing emergency contacts, the device also provides the emergency contacts with the live location of the vehicle.

      Ceat has launched a digital campaign to bring awareness to the need for a safer driving experience. The campaign also emphasizes on the immediate requirement for emergency medical and surgical treatment. The aim of the device is to minimise the number of fatalities due to road accidents.

      Some other features include in-vehicle emergency call and one touch assistance call to provide medical assistance and police assistance.

      25 October 2018

    • Tata Introduces Nexon Kraz Edition for the India Market at Rs.7.14 Lakh

      To mark its first anniversary, Tata Nexon Kraz Limited Edition recently made its way to the Indian market. The ex-showroom price for the diesel version of the car in Delhi is Rs.8.07 lakh, while the petrol variant carries a price tag worth Rs.7.14 lakh. In addition to new features, the limited edition Tata Nexon Kraz also features added visual highlights. Available in 2 models - Kraz and Kraz+, this car has been available in the market since the first week of September. The Nexon has been a game changer for Tata in the segment. With average sales around 4,000 units per month, this car has become the second most-selling model by the auto manufacturing company.

      The limited edition car sports 10 design highlights over the standard version. This includes the brand-new TROMSO black paint scheme with a contrast-finish dual-tone roof in sonic silver. The neon-green paint scheme even covers the front grille inserts, ORVMs, and wheel covers, while the tailgate of SUV sports a ‘Kraz’ badge. The interiors of the car also feature the neon-green scheme with air-vent surrounds, central control badging, and neo-green seats sporting the Kraz pattern for seat cushions. Additionally, the dashboard, console finishers, steering accents, and door interiors carry a piano black finish. The new Tata Nexon Kraz is also outfitted with automatic climate controls with rear air vents, reverse parking sensors, electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, steering mounted controls, a 4-speaker Harman infotainment system with Bluetooth call facility, a central console for organised storage, and a multi-utility glovebox. Offering 3 driving modes - City, Sport, and Eco, this car is equipped with the same 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel and 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engines mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that are capable of generating 108 bhp of maximum power.

      On the event of the launch, President at PVBU, Tata Motors, Mayank Pareek, commented that the company wants to celebrate the grand occasion by launching a special limited edition of the car - the Nexon Kraz. The car features a cutting-edge design element to match the sporty and active lifestyle of customers. Since its launch, the Nexon has gained rapid popularity to become one of the top 5 best-selling compact SUVs in the country.

      24 October 2018

    • Hyundai to launch Santro hatchback (AH2) in India on October 23

      A report suggests that the expected date of launch for the all-new Hyundai Santro is 23 October 2018, during the festive season. The official name of the vehicle will be revealed on 9 October 2018, as the naming contest ends of 25 September 2018. Hyundai will also reveal the car to the media on 4 October 2018. The first renders of the design of the upcoming car were unveiled by Hyundai earlier and a naming contest was initiated by them for the car.

      The car has been spotted a number of times on the roads during testing. However, the exterior details of the new hatchback were hidden under heavy camouflage. Reports also suggest that the new Santro will be filling the gap between the Hyundai Eon and the Hyundai Grand i10. Thus, it is safe to assert that the vehicle will be standing up against the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, and the Tata Tiago. The car is expected to come with a 1.1-litre or a 1.2-litre petrol engine that will be clubbed with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle is also expected to offer AMT. The car poses a tall-boy stance and from the external appearance, it is confirmed that it will have a bigger cabin space on offer. The South Korean auto giants, Hyundai recently celebrated its 20 years in India. Noticeably, the Hyundai Santro was the first car that was launched by Hyundai in India and it had struck a mighty challenge against the erstwhile popular hatchbacks, the Maruti 800 and the Tata Indica.

      15 October 2018

    • Maruti Suzuki All Set To Launch The 2018 Ciaz Facelift

      The sedan segment in the country is going to heat up in the country, as Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the 2018 Ciaz facelift in India on August 20. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda CIty and the recently launched Toyota Yaris, while also looking to take the sales of the company to new standards. While the Ciaz facelift will get many cosmetic changes, the biggest addition will be the new 1.5-litre petrol engine coupled to the brands' mild hybrid system. Now, what makes the Ciaz facelift different from its predecessor and why the other products in the segment should be worried, we tell you.

      10 October 2018

    • BMW M2 competition to be launched in India soon - Car listed on Indian website

      BMW India has officially listed their entry-level M-performance model, the M2 Competition, on their official website. The date of its debut in India has not been announced by BMW but it is expected to be launched during the festive season.

      The M2 Competition offers some extra bits of styling and some more performance in comparison to the regular variant of the car. The exterior mostly sports a very sharp design element. It is complemented with the aggressively sculpted bumpers. The signature BMW kidney grill on the front end gets a gloss black finish and the hood looks muscular because of the sculpted lines. The M2 Competition has a short wheelbase and a distinct shoulder line. It also comes with 10-spoke alloys as opposed to the regular model’s 19-inch 5-spoke alloy units. On the rear end, the BMW M2 Competition sports a quad-exhaust set along with an embossing bumper. Just above the right tail-lamp is the embossed ‘M2’ badge which adds to the sportiness of the ride. The interior is well-packed with state-of-the-art tech including an infotainment system which is supported by a Harman Kardon audio system, built-in navigation system and a number of apps to stay connected with. The car gets a mix of Alcantara, leather, and carbon fibre detailing. Comparing the dimensions, the M2 Competition replicates the dimensions of the M3 and M4 mechanically. The car is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine which is capable of producing 400 horses and 550 Newton-metres of torque. It is mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The car can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 4.2 seconds and is capable of hitting a 250 kmph on the speedo. Buyers can also opt for an optional ‘M2 Driver’s Package’ which tones up the top speed to 280 kmph. The car is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.85 lakh (ex-showroom).

      8 October 2018

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