Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which became the best-selling Utility Vehicle in the Indian market soon after its launch has yet again outsold its competitors in the segment. In the month of October, which is considered as a festive season and generally sees a higher number of sales the Vitara Brezza maintained the top position on the sales chart.
According to the latest sales data released by Auto Punditz, Maruti Suzuki dispatched as many as 10,227 units of the Vitara Brezza. It is almost 2,000 units more than the newly launched Hyundai Venue that sold 8,576 units during the same period. Soon after the launch of the Hyundai Venue, it accelerated to the top spot after displacing the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. However, the sub-4m compact SUV from Maruti Suzuki is back to the top spot.
It should be noted that the figures released by the automobile manufacturers indicate the numbers of vehicles dispatched by them in that month and not the actual sales figure. The dispatch number is often connected to the demand in the market. The real sales figure from the dealerships is not released by the manufacturers.
Even though the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza clinched the top spot on the sales charts, the slowdown in the market is quite evident in the sales figures. On a year-on-year basis, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza saw a decline of 35% in sales. In the month of October in 2018, Maruti Suzuki sold 15,832 units of the Vitara Brezza. The Hyundai Venue was launched earlier this year so the sales of last year are not known.
Other vehicles in the segment like the Tata Nexon saw a sale of 4,438 units in the month of October while the Ford EcoSport sold 4,326 units in last month. The Mahindra XUV300, which became quite popular soon after its launch in the Indian market sold 3,045 units. The Honda WR-V sold 1,367 units while the Mahindra TUV300 came in the last with 1,246 units against its name on the sales chart.
Maruti Suzuki is working on the petrol version of the Vitara Brezza. Currently, the car is only available with a 1.3-litre diesel engine that comes with both manual and AMT automatic transmission options. The manufacturer has already announced that they will not offer any diesel-powered vehicles in the Indian market after the BS6 emission norms come into effect from next year. Currently, Maruti Suzuki is offering various discount schemes and benefits like free warranty extension for five years or 1 lakh km on the Vitara Brezza. Such factors certainly have an effect on the sales figure.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is expected to be launched with the 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers many other Maruti Suzuki cars in the Indian market. Also, a Toyota badged version of the Vitara Brezza is expected to be launched in the market by next year.