The Honda City has re-taken the C-Segment sedan leadership in India, ousting the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from its top perch. Honda made 7,252 wholesale dispatches of the City sedan to dealer stockyards in November 2014, while Maruti Suzuki managed only 5,232 units of the recently launched Ciaz.
The lower number of Ciaz dispatches could also have to do with the recall that the car is facing due to a defective clutch. Late yesterday, Maruti Suzuki announced that it was recalling 3,796 units of the Ciaz sedan to fix a potential clutch defect that interfered with the smooth operation of the clutch system.
Coming back to the Honda City, the car has been a best seller in India’s C-Segment sedan space, ever since it was launched here in January 2014. However, October 2014 saw Maruti Suzuki’s Ciaz sedan take the lead in this segment. While it is possible that the Ciaz’s high first month sales could be due to Maruti Suzuki pushing out a large stock of cars into dealer stockyards, the coming months will give a clearer picture of the battle between the Ciaz and the City.
In India, car manufacturers release wholesale dispatch data rather than retail sales figures. This often means that it takes a few months to arrive at the real picture of a newly launched car’s actual sales. This is also a reason why the first month sales figures of a newly launched car is usually higher than the sales logged in subsequent months.
Meanwhile, the two Japanese sedans – the Ciaz and City – are evenly matched in terms of space offered, features and engine options. Both the Ciaz and the City are sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Both cars also get automatic transmission options on their petrol variants. Coming from Japanese car brands renowned for building reliable cars, the Ciaz and City are formidable rivals. In the coming months, a yo-yo battle between these heavyweights could very well pan out.