Snapshot – August is a month when car demand begins its upward swing, in the run up to the Indian festive season. This year’s August proved no different as car sales have inched upwards from July’s slower numbers. While market leader Maruti Suzuki has dominated proceedings yet again, the top 10 selling cars list sees a couple of new entries this month. CarToq gives you a wrap up of the 10 top selling cars in India during August 2014.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
With 21,533 units of the Alto 800 and K10 hatchbacks dispatched to dealers, Maruti Suzuki, predictably, rules the roost in the budget car market. The Alto 800 and the K10 variants are due for upgrades early next year, and these upgrades are expected to further aid sales. The Alto 800 will get a makeover while the K10 model will get an automated manual transmission option.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Competition notwithstanding, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the best selling sedan in the country. A sub-4 meter compact sedan, the Dzire has registered dealer dispatches of 19,129 units in August 2014. The car’s dream run at the hustings despite the advent of cars such as the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and most recently, the Tata Zest, underscores the Dzire’s indefatigable demand from buyers who simply don’t seem to be getting enough of the car. The Dzire is due for a facelift soon.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Swift is India’s best selling B+ segment hatchback and the car continues to bag big numbers. With 17,716 unit dispatched to dealers in August 2014, the Swift is also India’s third largest selling car and the demand seems as strong as ever. Like the Dzire, the Swift will get a facelift shortly. The facelifted Swift is also expected to feature a 4 speed automatic gearbox option on its petrol powered variants.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The WagonR tall boy rounds off the Maruti Suzuki quartet who have led the hustings during August 2014. With wholesale sales of 13,133 units, the WagonR has turned out yet another strong performance. The car’s availability in petrol, LPG and CNG guises make it a budget car buyer’s delight. Maruti Suzuki is planning to add a diesel engine to the WagonR next year, when an automated manual transmission will also be offered on the hatchback.
Like the Dzire, the Amaze has staved off challenges from recent entrants in the compact sedan segment, managing to post healthy wholesale sales of 9,198 units in August 2014. Available in petrol and turbo diesel flavors, the Amaze compact sedan is one of the biggest recent successes for Honda in India. The compact sedan’s diesel variant is known to be noisy and Honda is already working on a more refined version of the car.
A old warhorse, the Mahindra Bolero MUV, is showing its age at the hustings. From clocking average monthly sales of well over 8,000 units in the not-so-distant past, the Bolero is slipping to 7,000 levels. With 6,826 units sold in August 2014, the vagaries of the monsoon seem to have Bolero sales, which are particularly strong in the hinterland. A new Bolero is coming next year, with completely revised design and mechanicals.
Hyundai dispatched 6,757 units of the Eon in August 2014. The hatchback – available with two petrol engines – is an Alto competitor, but sales are just a third of the Alto’s. Hyundai sells the Eon with petrol and LPG engine options. Adding diesel and CNG powered engines to the small car’s line up could perk up things for the Eon. For the near future though, both options don’t seem to be on the cards.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 hatchback seems to be feeling the heat. August 2014 numbers stand at 6,677 units, and this is the car’s lowest tally in the last six months, with sales steadily showing a downward trajectory. However, the launches of the Xcent and the i20 Elite is a reason why buyers are moving away from the Grand i10, to other cars within the Hyundai brand. The South Korean automaker wouldn’t be complaining as long as buyers remain within the umbrella.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
The most successful automatic car in recent times, the Celerio – a replacement to the likes of the A-Star and Estilo – is doing very well. August 2014 numbers stand at 6,656 units and Maruti Suzuki is still constrained by the shortage of automated manual transmissions (AMT). A diesel variant of the Celerio is a few months away, and the new diesel variant could propel the Celerio to numbers above 10,000 monthly units.
Hyundai i20 Elite
Launched in India on the 11th of August, over20,000 buyers have put their money on the Hyundai i20 Elite. Sales are expected to be strong for at least the first three months, with the first month of dispatch, August 2014, already registering 6,627 units. The i20 Elite misses an automatic gearbox in its variant mix but this doesn’t see to be much of a deterrent.