Launched in October 2015, sales of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno clocked 7,20,733 units till the end of January 2020
Maruti Suzuki Baleno has continued to retain its position as the country’s highest selling premium hatchback positioned at the top of the sales list for many years. The Baleno is sold via the company’s exclusive Nexa showrooms spread across 200 cities of India. To date, sales have touched 7,20,733 units of which the petrol model sales outnumber diesel variants at 6,16,867 units and 1,03,866 units respectively.
A notable point is that the Baleno has not only reached this milestone but is the fastest premium hatchback to have achieved these sales figures in 51 months of launch. Maruti Baleno was essentially launched as a rival to the Hyundai i20, which had a sort of monopoly in the segment before the arrival of Baleno. Though i20 sales have also increased, it has not matched the sales of Baleno, which is the no 1 selling car in the segment.
Maruti Baleno Sales Milestone Journey
|Maruti Baleno Sales||Time taken||Diff|
|0 to 1 lakh||12 months||12 months|
|0 to 2 lakh||21 months||9 months|
|0 to 3 lakh||27 months||6 months|
|0 to 4 lakh||33 moths||6 months|
|0 to 5 lakh||38 months||5 months|
|0 to 6 lakh||44 months||6 months|
|0 to 7 lakh||51 months||7 months|
Maruti Baleno achieved its first milestone of 1 lakh units sales within a year of launch. This was quickly followed to 2 lakh units in 21 months and thereon to cross the 7 lakh unit mark at the end of last month. In the 51 months since launch, 7.2 lakh Baleno’s have been sold, with average monthly sales of 14,132 units. This means about 1 Baleno is sold every 3 minutes in India.
Sales in FY2020 have been constrained due to an overall dismal scenario in the auto sector in the country with 1,52,422 units sold during the period April 2019-January 2020 down 14 percent as against 1,77,122 units sold in the same period of the previous year. Sales seem to be on the rise with sales in January 2020 touching the 20,485 unit mark, up 22.5 percent as against 16,717 units sold in January 2019.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has now stopped selling the Baleno with diesel powertrains. The premium hatchback will hence no longer be powered by the BS4 compliant 1.3 liter oil burner that offered 75 PS power and 190 Nm torque. The Baleno petrol gets sold in both 1.2 liter petrol and Smart Hybrid versions in manual and CVT iterations, both of which are BS6 compliant. The company states that the new engine is capable of higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions to comply with the stringent norms coming into effect from 1st April 2020.