Maruti Suzuki launched the new generation Ertiga last month at a starting price of 8.35 lakh. It is clear that the new Ertiga has attracted a lot of attraction among buyers with a huge increase in sales.
Maruti Suzuki continues to dominate despite a slight drop in sales in India in April. As many as seven Maruti cars are in the list of the top 10 vehicles sold in the country in the past month. The most notable of these is the revival in sales of the Maruti’s three-row MPV Ertiga, which was launched in April. Tata Nexon, among others, recorded the highest growth of all 10 cars compared to the same month last year.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10 cars sold in India in April
At the top of the list, Maruti’s boxy hatchback WagonR fort remained. With 17,766 units sold last month, WagonR sales are down five percent compared to April last year, when 18,656 units were sold. However, the drop in sales is more worrying compared to what Maruti sold in March this year. WagonR found a staggering 24,634 homes last month, which was more than 25 percent of April’s sales.
The silver lining for Maruti in April marked the revival in sales of its entry-level three-row MPV Ertiga. With 14,889 units sold in April, Ertiga jumped to second place, growing more than 70 percent from April sales last year. Also in March, Maruti was unable to sell even 8,000 units of Ertiga.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2022 was officially launched with a slew of updates on Friday at a starting price of 8.35 lakh, up to 12.79 lakh for the ZXi+ variant (ex showroom prices). The VXi with CNG is priced at 10.44 lakh while the ZXi with CNG on . is 11.54 lakh (all prices are ex showroom). The new Ertiga comes with an upgraded K-series 1.5-litre Dual VVT engine mated to the familiar five-speed manual transmission, while the previous four-speed automatic has been ditched for a six-speed manual. There are also paddle shifters available on the model.
The biggest climber in the top 10 cars in April was the Nexon subcompact SUV from Tata Motors. It has been included in the top three best-selling cars in India for the first time. The Nexon remains India’s best-selling SUV with 13,471 units sold last month. It’s an increase of about 94 percent from 6,938 Nexon Tata units sold in the same month last year. In March, Tata sold 14,315 Nexons, slightly more than in April.
Despite the semiconductor challenges, Hyundai’s flagship Creta SUV made gains in sales in April. Hyundai sold 12,651 units of the five-seat SUV, marginally up 2 percent from April 2021 sales. Compared to March, when Hyundai sold 10,532 units of Creta, sales are up more than 15 percent each month.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Maruti’s subcompact SUV Vitara Brezza remains a strong performer despite being one of the oldest existing models in its category. The Vitara Brezza, which will soon be getting a facelift, continues to beat most of its rivals. In April, Maruti sold 11,764 units of Brezza, an increase of about 5 percent from the same month in 2021. By March of this year, Maruti had sold 12,439 units of Vitara Brezza.
Maruti’s EECO van remains one of the most consistent performers compared to some of its other models, regularly ranking in the top 10 cars sold in India each month. In April, Maruti sold 11,154 units of Eeco, a marginal decrease of 3 percent compared to April last year. However, it has improved its month-over-month performance with an increase of nearly 18 percent from March.
The new generation Maruti Baleno, launched earlier this year, has not performed as well as expected. Once a top performer, Baleno emerged as the seventh best-selling car last month with just 10,938 units sold. Compared to last month, Maruti had sold 16,384 units in April last year, which is more than 30 percent of current sales. It is also significantly lower than the 14,520 units Maruti sold in March of this year.
Dzire remains the only subcompact sedan in its category to make the top 10 cars last month. Maruti sold 10,701 units of Dzire in April, down nearly 25 percent from last year. Incidentally, Maruti recorded a huge 63 percent increase in year-over-year sales of Dzire in March this year when it sold 18,623 units.
Maruti’s oldest warhorse Alto is back in the bill just ahead of the launch of its facelift version later this year. Maruti sold 10,443 units in April, the highest in years. Nevertheless, sales have fallen by about 40 percent compared to April last year.
Tata’s latest sub-compact SUV may have started with a bang, but it seems to be losing its fizz. Sales of Punch SUV have fallen in recent months. In April, Tata sold 10,132 pieces of Punch, compared to 10,526 pieces in March this year. Tata launched Punch SUV in 2021. In January of this year, the SUV was in the top 10 for the first time.
Date of first publication: 05 May 2022, 08:42 AM IST