Total SUV sales in March 2020 hit 36,266 units and faced a decline of 44.12%
COVID-19 lockdown has had a drastic effect on the automotive sales chart of March 2020. Several brands have faced losses like never before while many dealerships are inching closer towards going out of business. The pandemic has caused a lot of confusion among global business operations and automotive industries form only a small part of the overall damage.
We had recently shared the four-wheeler sales chart for March 2020. Now, let us take a look at the sales performance of the SUV segment. Overall, 36,266 SUV units were sold last month compared to 64,895 units a year before. In order words, sales have fallen by 44.12%. The sales figures for this month could be even worse as more than half the days will be part of the lockdown. People are still not recommended to go out like usual in the remaining days.
Kia Seltos occupied the top position at 7,466 units with no previous data to compare with. Its virtual sibling, Hyundai Creta hit 6,706 units in March 2020 compared to 11,448 units in the same month, one year ago. This is a drop of 41.42%. Hyundai Venue, another newcomer, hit an appreciable 6,127 units last month.
SUV Sales India – March 2020
|No||Model||Mar 2020||Mar 2019||Diff||%|
|15||MG ZS EV||116||–||–||–|
|21||Hyundai Kona EV||14||–||–||–|
|27||Mahindra Alturas G4||0||321||-321||-100|
Maruti Brezza, the usual topper, achieved only 5,513 units in March 2020 as against 14,181 units in March 2019. Sales fell by 61.12% or 8,668 units. Tata Nexon hit 2,646 units last month in comparison to 5,616 units back in March 2019 and registered a sales dip of 52.88%. Ford EcoSport collected 2,197 units compared to 4,241 units in the given period and faced a sales drop of 48.20%.
Newcomer MG Hector sold 1,402 units. Toyota Fortuner got 1,100 units in sales last month compared to 1,976 units last year, thus facing a drop of 44.33%. Mahindra XUV300 is the first one to hit three-digit sales figures. At 814 units, it faced a decline of 82.83% from 4,742 units in March 2019.
Nissan Kicks saw 519 units selling in March 2020 in comparison to 701 units in March 2019 (down by around 26%). Ford Endeavour hit 381 units and fell by 80.72% from 1,976 units last year. Jeep Compass garnered 163 units in March 2020 as against 1,441 units in March 2019, facing a sales decline of 82.90%. MG ZS EV became the best-selling electric SUV in the country at 116 units.
Other entrants on the list include Mahindra TUV300 (-90.90%), Honda WR-V (-96.63%), Skoda Kodiaq (-76.59%), Mahindra Scorpio (-99.26%), Honda CR-V (-86.54%), Hyundai Kona (14 units), Mahindra XUV500 (-99.53%) and Volkswagen Tiguan (-92.59%). Further down, there are SUVs that could not even achieve a single unit. The names include Maruti S-Cross, Tata Safari, Renault Captur, Mahindra Alturas G4, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Terrano.