The Maruti WagonR took the top spot overall, while the Tata Nexon was the country’s best-selling SUV in FY2022.
After a COVID-19 impacted FY2021, as total auto sales fell to a five-year low of 27,11,457 units, the Indian auto industry rebounded in FY2022, crossing the 3 million mark with sales of 30.69. 499 units. In FY2022’s list of ten best-selling cars, Maruti Suzuki took up eight places, while the Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta emerged as top-selling SUVs.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the top 10 best-selling cars and SUVs in India in FY22.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R: 1,888,838 units sold
Maruti’s tallboy † the car R † topped the sales charts, jumping two places over FY2021 with a growth of 18 percent. Even as fuel prices continue to rise, this economical, practical and easy-to-use hatchback is seeing strong demand for both petrol and CNG-powered models.
On offer are two petrol engines † a 67-horsepower, 1.0-litre engine and a 90-horsepower, 1.2-litre engine. Both engines feature Maruti’s fuel-saving DualJet technology, and they can come with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The CNG version is only available with the 1.0-litre engine. The Wagon R rivals other similarly priced hatchbacks, such as the hyundai santro and Tata Tiago†
Maruti Suzuki Swift: 1.67.827 units sold
The Fast remained a popular seller for Maruti Suzuki in FY2022 with 1,67,827 units sold, but it fell to second place compared to FY2021 with a 3 percent drop in demand. The third-generation Swift has a chic design, a tidy cabin and a fuel-efficient 1.2-litre 90 hp petrol engine. It is available with a five-speed manual or an AMT five-speed gearbox. Like some other Maruti hatchbacks, the Swift doesn’t get a factory-fitted CNG option.
The hatchback rivals that of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios on our market.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno: 1,48,187 units sold
India’s best-selling premium hatchback recorded a 9 percent decline, as 1,48,187 units were sold in FY22. In December, however, the Baleno hit the one-million mark after just six years since its launch. In February, Maruti Suzuki launched the second generation of the model, which also seems to have struck a chord with buyers. Within a month of the launch of the new Baleno, the carmaker gathered 50,000 bookings for the hatchback.
The second generation model comes with a 1.2-litre 90 hp engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an AMT five-speed gearbox. The Baleno rivals other premium hatchbacks on the market, such as the Tata Altroz and the Honda Jazz†
Maruti Suzuki Alto: 1.45.167 units sold
Maruti Suzuki’s longtime sales champion, the alto, showing signs of deterioration. It sold 1,45,167 units in FY2022, a 9 percent decrease compared to FY2021. The budget hatchback segment overall also fell 12 percent in FY2022. Buyers increasingly prefer higher and better equipped models, which explains the declining sales in this segment.
The Alto has had several updates in its lifecycle, the most recent being in 2019, when the automaker released the . launched BS6 Compatible Model† The hatchback comes with a 48 hp 0.8-litre petrol engine mated only to a five-speed manual transmission. The Alto rivals lower variants of the Renault Kwid†
Tata Nexon: 1.24.130 units sold
Tata Nexon comes with as many as 40 variants, spread over petrol, diesel and EV powertrain options. The SUV posted a stellar 95 percent growth, selling 1,24,130 units in FY22. Tall in style and big in comfort, this compact SUV raced ahead of the Hyundai Creta as the best-selling SUV in FY22.
The Nexon comes with a 120 hp, 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine, or a 110 hp, 1.5-liter diesel engine. Both engines get a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed AMT transmission. The Nexon competes in the overcrowded under 4m SUV space that consists of models like the Kia Sonet† Hyundai Location† Mahindra XUV300† Toyota Urban Cruiser and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza† The Nexon EV will have a 129 hp electric motor with a range of 312 km claimed by ARAI. The carmaker also has the long-haul Nexon EV Maxwith a range claimed by ARAI of 437 km.
Hyundai Creta: 1,18,092 units sold
The second generation Creta is popular for its long feature list. However, in FY2021, with 1,18,092 units sold, the SUV saw its demand fall and lost the top-selling SUV crown to the Tata Nexon. But as the best-selling Hyundai, it continues to make a strong contribution to the brand’s passenger car sales † 24.5 percent in FY2022.
The Creta comes with five engine and gearbox options. Engine options include a 1.5-litre 115 PS petrol, a 1.4-litre 140 PS turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre 115 PS diesel. Depending on the engine, buyers can choose a 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, a CVT and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It rivals other mid-sized SUVs like the Skoda Kushaq† Volkswagen Taigun and Nissan Kicks†
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: 1,17,150 units sold
Due to the growing demand for the CNG variant of this popular MPV, the Ertiga † which recorded a smart growth of 32 percent † top the SUV segment with 1,17,150 units sold. Maruti Suzuki recently launched the facelifted version of this popular MPVwith a more fuel-efficient petrol engine and a new six-speed automatic transmission.
The Ertiga rivals that of the Kia Carensas well as Maruti Suzuki’s own XL6†
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: 1,13,751 units sold
A class above FY2021, this compact SUV has recently sold more than 7,000,000 units since its launch. It is the third best-selling SUV after the Nexon and Creta. With a growth of 20 percent, demand remains as strong as past, despite being one of the older models in the segment.
Maruti Suzuki is going to launch a new version with more features and a new powertrain. It will probably get a CNG variant† Currently, the Vitara Brezza comes with a 105 hp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission, rivaling the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and the Toyota Urban Cruiser.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire: 1,08,564 units sold
The only sedan on the list, the Dzire, is feeling the heat of the consumer shift from compact sedans to SUVs. Demand for the Dzire, which is a face lift in 2020was down 7 percent with 1,08,546 units sold.
The Dzire comes with a 1.2-litre 90 hp petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or AMT 5-speed manual transmission. A factory fitted CNG option is also available. It rivals other compact sedans like the Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor†
Maruti Eeco: 1,08,345 units sold
Being in the Top 10 list for the third year in a row is proof that the utilitarian and space-saving ecoThe USP of transporting more than five people and their luggage in an economical way remains a major attraction. Although it fell from seventh to tenth place, sales rose three percent, with 1,08,345 units sold.
The Eeco will have a 73 hp 1.2-litre petrol engine. A factory fitted CNG version is also available. Currently there are no direct competitors of the Maruti Eeco.
For a complete FY2022 car, SUV sales analysis, get the latest news May 2022 edition of Autocar India magazine, now on the stands.
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