Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti DZire, WagonR and Hyundai i10 Elite continued to rule the charts for June 2017 despite sales being lower than that recorded in the same month of the previous year. Goods and Services Tax set to be implemented from 1st July 2017 could have been a major contributor to these lower sales in June while pre GST discounts also failed to draw buyers into showrooms.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto continued its lead position on the top selling car list in June 2017.
This entry level hatchback reclaimed its position from the Swift in May and stayed at No.1 in June with 14,856 units sold. This was however, a 6% de-growth as compared to sales in June 2016 when 15,750 units were sold.
Post GST prices of the Alto are now between INR 2.68 and INR 4.05 lakhs. Launched in India in 2000, the Alto has seen sales cross 1.07 lakh units in the first five months of 2017 with January sales at 22,998, February sales at 19,524, March sales at 18,868, April sales at 22,549 and May sales at 23,618 units. It is the bestselling car in India across all segments and is found particularly attractive to younger buyers in the under 30 years age group.
The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 rose to second position on the list of best selling cars in June 2017. This was the most sold Hyundai model in domestic markets with 12,317 units sold in June 2017 as against 12,678 units sold in June 2016.
Hyundai has introduced new pricing on the Hyundai Grand i10 post GST implementation in India. Pre GST prices which stood between INR 4.59 lakhs and INR 7.37 lakhs have gone down INR 4,000 to INR 7,000 to now stand at INR 4.55 lakhs to INR 7.30 lakhs.
The company also recently updated the Grand i10 with new styling and features. It is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options that include a 1.2 liter petrol engine offering 82 bhp and 114 Nm torque. The 1.2 liter diesel engine is capable of 74 bhp power and 190 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki DZire is the third highest selling passenger car in India with 12,049 units sold in June 2017 as against 9,413 units sold in May 2017. The passenger vehicle did however record a degrowth of 23% as compared to 15,560 units of the old DZire sold in June 2016.
The implementation of GST brought with it reduced pricing for the DZire compact sedan by upto INR 4,063 depending on variant. Prices of the DZire now range between INR 5.42 lakhs and INR 9.39 lakhs. The new DZire is based on the HEARTECH platform and gets interior and exterior updates. It is also lighter than its earlier counterpart though powered by the same petrol and diesel engines.
The 1.2 liter petrol engine offers 81 hp power and 113 Nm torque while the 1.3 liter diesel engine generates 74 hp power and 190 Nm torque. Both engines get mated to automatic transmission, Auto Gear Shift and a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR, of which 10,668 units were sold in the past month stood at No.4 on the list of top selling cars in June 2017. A degrowth of 11% was recorded as compared to sales of 11,962 units sold in June 2016. These lower sales were probably due to buyers holding on to sales to see what price cuts GST had in store.
Post GST, Maruti WagonR received a price drop of INR 5,300 to INR 8,300 depending on variant and fuel type. Like the Alto, the WagonR is also offered in petrol and CNG fuel options. The WagonR was launched in 1999-2000 and is among a leading seller on the carmaker’s list. It got major updates in 2003, 2006 and then in 2010 while the 2017 WagonR is planned for launch by the end of this year or early 2018.
At No. 5 on the list of best sellers in June 2017 is the Hyundai i20 Elite with a total of 10,609 units sold as against 8,990 units sold in the same month of the previous year.
Hyundai i20 Elite is currently priced at INR 5.36 lakhs to INR 9.09 lakhs. A facelift is currently being tested with launch set for some time in early 2018. The upcoming facelift will receive exterior and interior updates with new set of alloy wheels and headlamps, LED tail lamps, fog lamps and a redesigned bumper. Interiors will be slightly more spacious though there is no change in dimensions while added safety features are also promised on the facelift.
Hyundai i20 Elite facelift will be powered by the same engine specifications as seen on its current counterpart. These include a 1.4 liter CRDi diesel engine offering 89 hp power and 220 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The 1.2 liter petrol and 1.4 liter petrol get mated to a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmission while a new 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine is set to make its way to the i20 Elite facelift capable of 120 hp power and 172 Nm torque.