Honda City emerges as the Best Selling Sedan of Jan’19

  • After a long gap; Honda gets the Top Slot in the Best Selling Sedan category. Do note that Honda fared 3rd in the segment for the year 2018. City was the clear winner and sold over 1,600 units more than the second ranked Hyundai’s Verna.
  • Ciaz toppled to Third position in Jan’19. Nexa in overall is dealing with sluggish sales and Ciaz’s reducing numbers is adding to its woes. Do note that Ciaz sold 5,062 units in Jan’18 v/s 2,934 units sold in last month.
  • Yaris is thrown out of the Top 5 selling cars in the category. Seeing a Toyota badged vehicle sell lesser than the Skoda & VW is a big blow to the Japanese conglomerate.

XUV 300 Specifications_Revealed

Specification Chart – XUV 300

Mahindra XUV300 is slated to be launched on 14th Feb and it shall be the most important launch from M&M for the year. With this model Mahindra would want to re-establish its dominance in the SUV segment. The Compact-SUV space has caught up really well in the sub-continent and currently almost all OEMs are gunning to get a pie from this segment. M&M had burnt its fingers in the segment with the earlier offerings (Quanto, Nuvosport); however it is leaving no stone unturned this time to offer a product that could be touted as a benchmark in the segment. By seeing the features; it is surely raising a lot of eyeballs for the right reasons – The offering shall undoubtedly be the most feature rich product in the segment!

The XUV300 will be offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engine (110 BHP) and a 1.5-litre diesel (115 BHP). Both engine options are expected to be offered with a six-speed manual.

Variant-wise feature breakup (source: TheGadgetSpy)

Mahindra XUV300 W4
This is the base variant for the compact SUV and there seems to be quite a bit kit on offer at this level. The list comprises the following.
-Audio system with 3.5-inch display and four speakers (diesel only)
-Dual front airbags with ISOFIX child seat mounting points
-Electrically adjustable ORVMs
-Gearshift indicator
-Steering modes
-16-inch steel wheels
-Body coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors

Mahindra XUV300 W6 variant
This is the mid-level variant for the XUV300 and in addition to the features of the base W4 variant, you also get the following.
-Keyless entry
-Steering mounted controls
-Wheel caps
-Silver finish on the grille
-Door cladding
-Black roof rails
-Spoiler with stop lamp

Mahindra XUV300 W8 variant
This is the top spec model for the compact SUV. Mahindra has really loaded up the vehicle in terms of features.
-Button start
-7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
-Leather wrap for steering wheel
-ESP with hill hold, start-stop function,
-Dual zone climate control
-Cruise Control
-Reverse camera with guidelines
-Six-way adjustable driver’s seat
-Auto headlamps
-Electrically folding mirrors
-Mood lighting
-Heated mirrors
-17-inch alloy wheels
-Projector headlamps with LED DRLs
-Silver front and rear skids plates

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)
This is an optional variant for the top-of-the-line W8 model and adds some more safety features as well as cosmetic options over the W8 variant.
-Knee and side airbags
-Leatherette interiors
-Auto dimming IRVM
-Tyre pressure monitoring system
-Front parking sensors
-17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels
-Dual tone roof rails

Top 10 Selling Cars of January 2019

The Top 10 cars sold 1,42,730 units which was ~52% of the overall car sales in January 2019! Do note that 82 models are on sale in the Indian market as on date and the contribution of Top 10 denotes the affinity of Indian consumers towards the fast selling models. As a matter of fact; Top 25 models contributed ~85% of car sales!

  • The top 10 cars had 7 models from Maruti & 3 from Hyundai
  • The Top 5 Ranks were dominated by Maruti models
  • Alto again took the Top Slot and was the Best Selling Car in India for January 2019
  • Dzire came 2nd in Ranking and sold 19,073 units; while its sibling Swift sold 18,795 units.
  • Maruti has efficiently utilized the Heartect Platform on majority of its cars – Swift, Dzire, Baleno & now Wagon R all based on the same platform. This enables Maruti to attain high levels of cost efficiency that it has always been famous for.
  • i20 was the best selling Hyundai for January 2019 and stood 6th in the Best Selling Cars list! It was followed by Grand i10 & Creta which ranked 7th & 8th respectively.
  • However; Santro was missing from the list. Will it be able to fare in the list in coming months?

January 2019 Car Sales – Snapshot

The Passenger Car Sales degrew -1.8% in Jan’19 v/s Jan’18. Due to muted demand and weak consumer sentiment; the Industry is under consistent pressure and last few months have been very challenging. Even though Jan’19 had 3 bigh-ticket launches – Wagon R, Harrier and Kicks; their contribution to the respective OEM volumes wasn’t significant. It is even worrisome to imagine the condition without these new launches. It was also very disappointing to see that there were no major announcements in today’s budget that could have supported the Auto Sector.

Let’s see how the OEMs fared in Jan’19 –

  • The Top 4 OEMs posted a positive / flat YoY growth in Jan’19.
  • Maruti Suzuki reported a meager 0.2 per cent increase in its domestic sales at 1,39,440 units in Jan’19 v/s 1,39,189 cars sold in Jan’18.
  • Nexa seems to be struggling while it reported a -25% degrowth in YoY sales. Even with the launch of New Baleno; Nexa wasn’t able to recover the volumes and post a positive growth.
  • Hyundai could grow 1% in Jan’19 v/s the same period last year. Even post Santro launch; Hyundai hasn’t gained significant numbers. However; Santro has helped Hyundai survive in tough times and maintain its volumes.
  • Honda pips Tata as the 4th Biggest OEM for Jan’19! Honda has registered the highest YoY growth of 23% in Jan’19! Amaze has done wonders for the Japanese OEM and helped it gain considerable volume since launch.
  • Tata posted a degrowth of -13% even post the Harrier launch.

How the Market Shares fluctuated in Jan’19 v/s Jan’18 –

  • Maruti was again successful in garnering >50% Market Share. The Market Share has grown by 1% YoY
  • Tata has lost the highest Market Share at -0.8%.

Indian Cars Making A Splash In The West

Indian automakers are starting to gain mindshare of the western audience with their products. The Tata Nexon recently scored full five stars in the Global New Car Assessment Program and became the first made-in-India car to do so.

The world’s largest auto show is in the books now. The 2019 North American International Auto Show of Detroit introduced us to the long-awaited and longer-rumored Toyota Supra. But the car that impressed the Jalopnik editor, Jason Torchinsky, was the Mahindra Marazzo.
This wagon became India’s car of the year 2018 in Team-BHP’s polls by a huge margin. And now, it’s winning enthusiasts at the world’s automotive capital. Jason called it the most interesting car at the Detroit auto show and for good reason. The Marazzo is indeed a unique thing. It’s the only front-wheel drive car in India (and probably in the world) with ladder frame underpinnings. Driving the front wheels is efficient and helps with the fuel efficiency figure. And a ladder frame is rugged-enough to take the abuse a people-carrier is expected to deal with on Indian “roads.” The packaging also helps eliminate the floor hump and liberate a good amount of space in the second and third rows.

Speaking of Indian cars with clever packaging that impressed Jason, Tata Nano. The automotive blog reviewed a 10-year old Tata Nano and called it an engineering triumph. The Nano and the Mahindra Roxor were also listed as one of the best cars Jalopnik staff had reviewed in 2018; sharing the space with the Tesla Model 3 and Mazda Miata.
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
“I’m delighted to report that this, the cheapest new car you can buy in the world, does its job. Really, it does its job much better than it has any right to, considering the absurdly low cost of this thing.
It is an absolute design and engineering triumph. I don’t care that it’s not selling well in India. That doesn’t faze me a bit. I don’t care because the end result is an absolutely ingenious design.
The Bugatti Chiron is a joke next to the design and engineering of the Nano. The Nano is an engineering triumph, and the Chiron is an engineering stunt.
The Nano is the true spiritual heir of what the original Volkswagen Beetle, Citroën 2Cv, BMC Mini, and Ford Model T strove to be. I can think of no higher praise than that.”

30 Best Selling Models of 2018

  • Maruti is firmly holding the top 6 slots
  • Lower priced hatchbacks are getting replaced by higher value cars. Consumers are now more value conscious rather than price conscious
  • Mahindra, Honda, Renault and Datsun are losing share among best sellers in India
  • Tata’s product onslaught and acceptance in market has put Mahindra on back foot

(The article is written by Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at

2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Launched (Rs. 5.45 lakh – Rs. 8.77 lakh)

– Redesigned face with a new grill

– LED projector headlamps replace the HID projector units

– Redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels for Zeta and Alpha variants replace the boring set that looked like wheel covers

– Projector headlamps now also available on the most value-for-money and best-selling Delta variant

– SmartPlay Studio infotainment system for live traffic updates

– 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay still on offer for Zeta and Alpha variants

– As per the picture of the Baleno RS on the official website, it too appears to inherit the updates but retains the unique mesh grille

– No changes to the engine and transmission options

Variant-wise ex-showroom price list:

Petrol Manual:

Sigma: Rs. 5.46 lakh

Delta: Rs. 6.17 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 6.85 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 7.45 lakh

Petrol CVT Automatic:

Delta: Rs. 7.49 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 8.17 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 8.77 lakh

Diesel Manual:

Sigma: Rs. 6.61 lakh

Delta: Rs. 7.32 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 8.00 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 8.60 lakh

The biggest change with the update is the inclusion of projector headlamps in the Delta and Zeta variants. Earlier, this feature was limited to only the Alpha trim but the customer demand seems to be the reason behind the move. As per most dealerships, the Delta variant is the best-selling model. The Ignis and S-Cross continue to limit the LED lighting to the top trims while the Ciaz offers the cooler headlamps on the top two variants. Baleno’s unique selling point, the UV-cut glass, continues to be reserved for the fully-loaded variant only.

The projector setup is a looker and it makes the Delta variant even easier to recommend and a no-brainer upgrade over the Sigma.

No need to upgrade the alloys

Another positive change is the dismissal of the older alloy wheels, which looked like wheel covers. The S-Cross too hit the market initially with an equally boring set of wheels. The strategy behind such a move could be to push the buyers to upgrade to a shinier set at the dealership, thus helping the outlets improve their revenue. Both the cars now sport a shiny set of rims in their higher variants.

Where’s the RS?

The Baleno RS photograph suggests that it too has received the update including the new alloy wheels. It’s safe to assume that the new infotainment system and LED headlights will be part of the RS’s package as well. Surprisingly, the RS is missing from the list of cars on the Nexa’s official website. There’s only an option to show interest in the car. This move leads us to believe that the demand for the RS has been about the same as that for the S-Cross 1.6. Therefore, Maruti Suzuki may have made the RS a made-to-order option on the lineup. The price tag of the car was also not revealed along with the updated list.

30 Slow Selling Models of 2018

Let us have a look at the 30 slow selling models of 2018. Models which got discontinued in 2018 and those launched in H2 of 2018 are excluded.

  • Renault Captur is nothing but a disaster
  • Hyundai is not able to sell the two most expensive cars in its portfolio at ease, surely needs new brand like KIA to capitalize higher end of mass market segment
  • SUV, though is flavor of the season, but only few car companies are able to make very competitive one

(The article is written by Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at

Over 22 Lakh Wagon R sold till date in India!

Maruti Suzuki has sold 22,14,544 Wagon-R’s in the past 19 years in the Indian market!

Wagon-R was primarily launched by Maruti Suzuki to counter Hyundai’s tallboy car Santro. While Santro established brand Hyundai in the sub-continent; Wagon R worked out to be equally significant to Maruti Suzuki India. The Suzuki Wagon R was primarily a kei car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki since 1993. The R in the name stands for Recreation. Wagon R was one of the first cars to use the “tall wagon” or “tall boy” design, in which the car is designed to be unusually tall with a short bonnet and almost vertical hatchback, and sides in order to maximize the cabin space while staying within the kei car dimension restrictions.

Maruti is now preparing to launch the Next-Gen Wagon R in the Indian market on Jan 23rd 2019. While the erstwhile Wagon R had a visible Tall-Boy characteristic; the upcoming Wagon R has been designed a bit more curvy. Built on Suzuki’s 5th-generation Heartect platform, the new Wagon R gets matte black grille at the front and lower bumper and completely redesigned tall headlights. The car also gets floating roof design as seen on the Swift and the Ertiga. The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R will be available in 7 variants and 4 of them will have Maruti’s coveted AGS automatic gearbox – LXi 1.0L, VXi 1.0L, VXi AGS 1.0L, VXi 1.2L, VXi AGS 1.2L, ZXi 1.2L and ZXi AGS 1.2L.

Next Gen Wagon R completely revealed

Will the New Wagon-R continue the sales run it earlier generation enjoyed? Will the upcoming model stand true for the tall boy characteristics and give unparalleled space and practicality as earlier? Will the pricing be as attractive? Lot of questions which shall be answered on 23rd Jan.

A look at the historical sales data of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R:

  • Wagon-R is one of the few models which is present in the Indian market for nearly 19 years!
  • It has sold an average of 9,756 units/mth in the past 227 months. Rare to see such sales performance!
  • The highest volume Wagon R had sold was 17,119 units in the month of June 2014.
  • 2016 was the year where the highest number of Wagon-R’s were sold (in a year). Maruti recorded 1,73,286 units of Wagon-R’s sold in that year!

Top 10 Passenger Vehicle OEMs for 2018 – China

Probably, you may be thinking on why are we covering Chinese Car Sales for 2018? – The reasons are:

  1. To highlight the magnitude of car sales in China. The Top 2 OEMs sold more cars than all OEMs combined in India! However; if you notice China’s Top OEM SAIC_VW sold over 20 Lakh cars and was only 3 Lakhs more than India’s Biggest Carmaker (Maruti has sold 17,31,179 cars in 2018).
  2. If all SAIC Brand Collaborations are combined together (VW+GM+Wuling); SAIC as a group sold a whopping 53,90,980 cars!!! With SAIC entering the Indian market this year (in name of MG Motors) – It shall be interesting to see how the Chinese OEM grab a considerable pie here.
  3. VW is the dominant brand otherwise. Its tie-up with SAIC & FAW combined garnered a sale of over 41 Lakh units last year. Considering VW’s India sales, VW is doing negligilbe volumes in Indian market.