When it comes to small cars, Maruti Swift has taken the lead in October 2019. The 19,409 units sold reflect 12.74 percent sales growth, up from 17,215 units sold a year earlier. However, Alto sales dropped 19.28 percent, down to 17,903 units from 22180 units sold in Oct ’18. A year earlier, Alto topped the segment sales chart.
Maruti Baleno sales fell by 12.97 percent, down to 16,237 units from 18,657 units. MoM sales grew 42.18 percent. Hyundai i20 in fourth place reported 10.48 percent sales growth, up to 14,683 units from 13,290 units sold in Oct ’18. MoM growth stood at 44.79 percent, up from 10,141 units sold a month earlier.
Maruti has two more small cars in the list. WagonR takes 5th spot. Last month, Global NCAP awarded Maruti WagonR a 2-star safety rating, and evaluated it’s bodyshell unstable. However, it was business as usual for MSIL as WagonR sales grew 34.76 percent, up at 14,359 units from 10,655 units sold in Oct 18.
The positive sentiment could be attributed to festive fervour through the month. The brand’s newest launch S-Presso, has swiftly reached 6th spot at 10,634 units sold. Having launched as recently as the fag end of September, the company reported 5,006 units sold the month earlier. While Maruti continues to dominate the small car portfolio, it’s yet to be seen how big a dent, if any S-Presso makes to Alto and WagonR sales.
Yet another small MSIL car features on the list. However, following S-Presso launch, Celerio sales crumbled at a mere 3,669 units, down 60.38 percent from 9,260 units sold in Oct 2018. MoM sales too fell. Down 11.38 percent from 4,140 units sold a month earlier. Maruti Ignis sales fell by 17.49 percent. Down to 1,859 units from 2,253 units. Sales in the previous month was even lower at 46.84 percent.
Hyundai Grand i10 sales fell 16.47 percent, down to 9,873 units from 11,820 units sold a year prior. MoM sales grew a whopping 112.43 percent, up from 4,140 units sold in September 2019. Hyundai Santro, another vehicle that fared poorly in its safety test, managed to secure only 2-stars. October 2019 sales fell to 5,855 units, down 31.80 percent from 8,535 units sold in October 2018. MoM sales grew 67.19 percent, up from 3,502 units sold in September 2019.
Tata Tiago sales fell 27.67 percent. Sales contacted by a fourth to 5,460 units, down from 7,509 units. Mom sales improved from 3,068 units sold in Sept ’19. Renault Kwid managed to secure only a single star following it’s Global NCAP safety testing. Sales fell 10.79 percent, down to 5,384 units from 6,035 units sold in Oct 19. MoM sales grew from 2,995 units sold in Sept 19.
2,693 units of Toyota Glanza, an offtake of Baleno were sold in Oct 19. The vehicle was introduced quite recently and is yet to complete a 12-month sales cycle. MoM sales fell marginally at 2.88 percent, down from 2,773 units sold in Sept 19. Volkswagen Polo sales grew 9.82 percent at 1,744 units, up from 1,588 units sold in Oct 2018. Hyundai Eon, Tata Nano, Fiat Punto, and Honda Brio sales are reported as nil.