When all out there are sorting out the best selling cars based on their sales volumes,for a change, we have categorized them based on their segments. Take a look at few popular models in 2018 that received the best response from car enthusiasts in the country.
Compact hatchbacks: These cute little cars come with a lower price tag, smaller engine option and few very basic features. Customers who opt to buy an additional car for daily city rides or with low budgets generally choose models from this segment. In terms of price, the first name that comes into the mind of every Indian is Maruti Suzuki. This is a brand that offers best value for money package. Maruti Suzuki Alto has dominated this segment for past seven years. It has to be specially mentioned that Alto managed to be in the top as the number one car in India from the small car segment in terms of sales for the past seven years. This year the sales were reported to be 2,31,540 units making it the second most sold car. The main competitors for Alto lies within its shelter, the Wagon-R that was sold at 1,52,250 units, and Celerio sold at 91,957 units while Tata Tiago and the Renault Kwid retailed at 86,638 and 66,185 units respectively.
B Segment Hatchbacks
This segment is led by the India’s first and favorite hot hatchback Maruti Suzuki Swift. With its new generation launched last year, people went crazy over its new avatar that came with an affordable price tag, fun to drive characteristics,bulky feature list, and most attractive design both on the exteriors and the interiors. This overwhelming response helped Swift to retain its top position and heritage of over a decade. The sales figures too supported the claim when reported to be 2,11,840 units.
Though swift doesn’t have a direct competition for it, considering the price range, Grand I10 from the competitor brand Hyundai also secured a decent sales figure with selling around 1,29,164.
Hyundai i20 was the segment leader in India for a very long time, as there was no car to compete against it. The story turned upside down when Maruti Suzuki stepped into this segment with Baleno through their premium Nexa dealerships that granted customers an altogether premium experience in hatchbacks.More space and more features in their car made Maruti Suzuki Baleno achieve the five million milestone in just about three years of its launch. The number of units sold by Maruti in last year stands at 1,99,101. Hyundai i20 too is not way behind being sold at 1,29,000 units in India last year.
Surprisingly, this segment has the winner of the most sold cars in the year 2018 and not-so-surprisingly once again, this car is from the Maruti Suzuki stable.
The Dzire that did away with the Swift badge from its name is the segment’s winner and also the overall winner by selling 2,47,815 units in the year 2018, that refers to selling more than 20,000 cars every month throughout India. The Dzire was the first car to be updated by Maruti Suzuki this year, that received a new refreshed design with a more premium feel to its interior, good spacing with a relatively low price tag. All this attracted most of the Indians move from basic cars to premium cars.
Honda managed to understand Maruti’s philosophy,albeit appeared late with the launch of Amaze in 2018 end. However, they managed to sell this model at 300% more than last year sales. Amaze has made itself posited in the 16th position by selling 67,563 units, but could have given tough competition for its competitor if it was released in the years beginning like Dzire.
Compact SUVs have ever since been selling like hot cakes in India. These cars fulfilled every Indians needs by becoming a whole package with the comfort of a sedan that prefers a little offroading too. This segment was first dominated by Maruti with its Brezza. Last year the company updated Brezza with more appealing all black alloy wheels,Automatic transmission options in a Diesel engine and so on. Though Brezza never had a petrol engine option, it managed to sell 1,45,799 units last year.
The Koreans have been tough rivals to the Indo-Japanese brand since the beginning. Hyundai too conquered this segment with Creta that sold 1,13,274 units in spite of a higher price. The other rivals like Ford Ecosport and Tata Nexon too stood firm with 57,973 and 52,519 units.
C segment Sedans
The C-segment sedan is led by Maruti Suzuki Ciaz which went through an update last year with a new 1.5L petrol smart mild hybrid technology. The Hyundai Verna was also updated to a newer generation which stands neck to neck with both Ciaz and Honda City.
The sales volumes in this segment were almost similar with all three cars. Ciaz received comparatively better sales of 50,759 units while Verna and City reported 42,605 and 42,045 units respectively.
Though Toyota claims it as an SUV, Innova Crysta is still a proper family vehicle, a typical MUV. Innova has been always a best seller for Toyota and no other car has come closer to its sales figure, it is hugely because of Toyota’s reliability and after sales. Many cars have been introduced in the past like the Renault Lodgy and few others. I am unable to even recollect any names as Innova crushed every other car that tried to enter its territory. The dominance continues with this model being the most selling MUV in India at 78,130 units.
However, for the budget buyers there was New Maruti Ertiga that managed to be sold at 56,408 units. Mahindra had introduced Marazzo too last year that took stance in between these two models, however we need to wait and watch how it performs in the upcoming days.
The SUV segment was also ruled by Toyota for many years with their best seller Fortuner. In 2018, the sales stood at 21,800 units which is four times more than the sales of Ford Endeavour that sold only 6,244 units.
This is last year’s news in the Indian market and it can been clearly seen that the Japanese are the best when it comes to sales by offering most value for money while the low range is maintained by Maruti Suzuki and the premium range is maintained by Toyota. Both of them have also announced that there will be a joint venture between them and they will exchange their cars with Cross badging products. Hence, we can expect premium cars at a cheaper price and cheap priced cars come with more luxe ahead.