Top 10 cars of Nov’16

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Source: ET

*UVs and Vans are excluded from the list. Also Elite i20 figures do not include i20 active sales numbers (1316 units)

  • 6 out of Top 10 belong from the Maruti stable! Maruti is leaving no stone unturned to sustain Alto in the Numero Uno slot.
  • Only 2 Hyundai’s are seen in the Top 10 table. The month did extract the juice of the Korean major – ‘Demon’itaztion impact is clearly seen. Also did it find difficult to push stock to the dealers as year-end is approaching?
  • Grand i10 emerged as the best seller for Hyundai – With the demise of i10; Grand i10 is carrying a lot of stake ahead. However, a model change is expected soon – so will the numbers decline in Dec’16?
  • Tiago proves to be the comeback vehicle for Tata Motors. Tata Motors regain the 3rd position in the OEM Ranking after quite some time. A surprising month for Tata Motors though – rejig in the management earlier and now the ranking.
  • Kwid is for Renault what Tiago is for Tata. The entry level hatchs are back in the game! Alto, Celerio, Kwid and Tiago proves that even in tough times this segment will survive – Not many blackmoney hoarders would buy an entry level hatch πŸ˜‰

November 2016 Car Sales – Snapshot

Two big highlights of the Nov’s statistics –

  • Maruti exudes clear dominance with over 50% Market Share (52.2% to be precise)
  • Did we see Tata silently climb up the ladder? Tata Motors is now India’s THIRD biggest car OEM!

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Even with ‘Demonitization’ aftermath, India Passenger Car Industry posted a humble growth of 2%. And like always, Maruti led the growth phenomena.

Indian Road Accidents Statistics

While, we have reported many stories on our blog here – the statistics mentioned in this report has put our heads down in shame. Many governments have come and gone; and almost ALL automotive biggies have stepped into the Indian soil – no stakeholder has given enough importance to this topic. Every life lost on the road fades away and no concrete step is taken to avoid its reappearance. To highlight our overall incompetence and the adversities caused due to it, take a look at the mentioned statistics –

  • Over 5 Lakh Road Accidents occur every year and in these over 1.46 lakh people lose their lives!
  • Source: Firstpost
    Road Fatalities over the years
  • 17 Deaths on Indian Roads every Hour and almost over 400 every day!Β India has seen more road deaths per year than any other nation since 2006.
  • We lose more people to Road Accidents than to Terrorist Attacks or Diseases. Infact, lives lost to Road Accidents is over 1,682 times more than that in Terrorism!
  • Road accidents shave 3% off the country’s GDP every year!
  • More than half of the people killed in more than 500,000 road accidents last year were aged 15-34.
  • Motorised vehicles accounted for 95.5% of the total road accidents. Amongst the vehicle categories, two-wheelers accounted for the highest share in total road accidents (28.8%) in 2015 followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6%); trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (19.7%), other motor vehicles (9%), buses (8.3%) and autorickshaws (6.1%).
  • India has the world’s sixth-largest car market, but is still the only country among the global top ten car markets without a testing program that measures the safety of vehicles.
  • Speeding is the single factor responsible for the maximum number of deaths on Indian roads.During 2014, 57,844 deaths – 41% of the total – were due to accidents caused by speeding.
  • Speeding, drunk driving and low use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles as the main contributing factors.
  • Along with the aforementioned factors we feel that Poor Infrastructure, Improper Safety Regulations, Lower/No Safety features on vehicles running on Road are equally responsible to Road fatalities.

So what has the Government & OEMs done for this? – ‘PROCRASTINATING’ will be the right term. Equally responsible are the people – who have never given enough importance to either road safety rules or having apt safety features on their automobile. Many of our bestsellers score 0 stars in Global NCAP tests and we never blink an eye. Even our own Bharat NCAP was scheduledΒ to begin mid-2014, but postponed to start from 2017. (obviously because of delay in setting up labs and other facilities). While our Road Infrastructure is one of the worst in the world; our Driving Manners would not help either.

We suggest the following measures to improve the scenario:

  • Fast-track implementation ofΒ Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). Let us ensure that we certify a vehicle deemed ‘FIT’ to ply on Indian Roads.
  • A central government agency to be setup to study the condition of Indian Roads and Patch up the all the Potholes or widen accordingly within next 1 year.
  • Newer Highways is the need of the hour. We have seen nothing major post the Golden Quadrilateral project. Highways will not only connect the nation; but also ease of the burden in many smaller roads and hence reduce the accidents as well.
  • Stricter Licence Norms – RTOs have to be extremely wary before issuing licenses and proper tests to be conducted for the same. Road Traffic Adherence Assessment should have the Topmost importance.
  • Pathways and Foot Overbridge – seen only in major cities. Why not implement it across?
  • Minimize Drunk & Driving cases – When was the last time we saw an awareness campaign on the same. And why the same is not checked in highways more often (compared to cities).
  • How do we curb cases of Speeding –
    • Mandatory Speed regulators on all commercial vehicles
    • Ensure ALL vehicles have ABS/EBD
    • Speed detectors at accident prone areas
  • Learn from SwedenΒ –Β Sweden is on its way to reaching zero road deaths per year.