Best-selling diesel cars in India across segments

The Indian car market has seen a lot of diesel car launches and facelifts recently.  The tables have turned in several segments; while in other things remain much the same. Here we take a look at the best selling diesel vehicles in India across segments.

These vehicles have been listed on the basis of the number of units they have sold over this year January 2012-September 2012. We have also considered how these cars have been doing in terms of sales in recent months. Let’s jump straight in to the sales numbers now!

Best selling diesel hatchback

Tata Indica and Vista

USP: Spacious and affordable

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Photo: The Tata Vista looks much more refined and attractive than the original Indica

The Tata Indica and Tata Vista together take the top spot in terms of sales this year with a total sale of 75,469 units between January 2012 and September 2012. It was also the highest selling diesel hatchback in the months of September, August and July 2012 with 7,936,       7,591 and 8,852 units respectively. The two Tata hatches have been selling an average of 8,385 units a month over the past 9 months. Also read: Tata Indica Vista VX Quadrajet video review: New and improved

Best selling diesel premium hatchback

Maruti Suzuki Swift

USP: Decently equipped, easy to maintain and fun to drive

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Photo: The Swift is a practical and fun to drive vehicle at an affordable price

The Maruti Suzuki Swift continues to be the undisputed king of the premium hatchback segment with a total sale of 1,36,593 units between January 2012 and September 2012. The Swift’s sales however have been very volatile; it sold 9,136 units in September 2012, 804 units in August 2012 and 11,421 units in July 2012. Swift sales were highest in February 2012 when it sold 20,739 units. Read more: New Ford Figo vs Suzuki Swift: Comparison

Best selling diesel compact sedan

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

USP: Decently equipped, easy to maintain and fun to drive

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Photo: The Dzire is now more attractive and also offers decent features

Maruti Suzuki has had a strong foothold in the compact sedans segment as well. Maruti Suzuki sold 1,13,306 units of the Dzire between January 2012 and September 2012. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire has had an average sale of 12,589 units a month over the past 9 months. The Dzire sold the highest in May 2012 at 17,707 units which has come down to 11,694 units in September 2012. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Tata Manza: Diesel variant comparison

Best selling diesel entry level sedan

Hyundai Verna

USP: Feature rich and attractive looking

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Photo: The Hyundai Verna is a feature rich sedan with attractive looks

The Hyundai Verna was the highest selling entry level sedan in India in the January 2012-September 2012 period with 45,006 units sold. The Verna sold an average of 5,000 units a month in this period and its sales have been more or less consistent. It saw the highest sales number in April 2012 with the sale of 6,251 units. Its total sale for the January 2012-September 2012 period has been almost as much as the combined sale of the Sunny and the Vento which took the number 1 and 3 spot on the chart respectively. Also read: Hyundai Elantra road test: Feature-rich, mid-size cruiser

Best selling diesel premium sedan

Toyota Corolla Altis

USP: Affordable, comfortable, great highway cruiser with amazing mileage

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Photo: The Corolla Altis is a great highway cruiser with good mileage

The Toyota Corolla Altis was the highest selling car in the premium sedan segment with a total sale of 6,169 units between January 2012 and September 2012. It sold an average of 685 units a month in this period selling roughly 2,000 units more than the Chevrolet Cruze and roughly 3,000 units more than the Laura. The Altis sold the most in February 2012 when it sold 1,102 units. It has been a downhill journey for the Altis since then and it came down to 523 units in May 2012, 492 units in August and finally 424 units in September.  Also read: Is the new Hyundai Elantra better than the Toyota Altis?

Best selling diesel SUV

Mahindra Bolero

USP: Rugged and attractively priced

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Photo: The Bolero is a rugged people mover at an affordable price

The Mahindra Bolero was the best selling diesel SUV in its segment with a whopping 83,390 units sold between January 2012 and September 2012. It sold more than the Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 sold together in the same period. The Bolero sold an average of 9265 units a month and had consistent sales. It sold the most units in March (10,078 units) and the least in April (8,205 units). Its sales never went below the 8,000 units mark which shows amazing stability and speaks volumes about its success. Also read: Tata Sumo Gold versus Mahindra Bolero ZLX