Top 10 Selling Cars – September 2018

Snippets:

  • Maruti & Hyundai have again ousted an Other OEM entrant – Yes, Honda’s Amaze is now out of the Top 10 selling cars and is replaced by Maruti’s Celerio! The duopoly has made the Industry extremely difficult for other OEMs to survive and is clearly visible in the Top 10 list.
  • The Top 6 selling cars are from Maruti’s stable & 7 out of Top 10 are Maruti’s! Hyundai as usual occupies the No.7, No.8 & No.9 positions. Hyundai has been holding this position quite strongly and has no signs of leaving it.
  • Maruti’s Swift occupies the Pole Position and overtakes the Aug’18 leader Alto by quite a margin (>500 units to be precise). Swift has gained the No.1 position after 16 long months (Last time Swift was in the Top Spot in the month of Apr’17!).
  • Brezza places itself in the Top 5. The compact SUV is gaining strength month and is the only UV in the Top 5!
  • The other notable SUV in the list is Hyundai’s Creta. The SUV offers tremendous value and sells almost equivalent to the much cheaper compact hatch Grand i10.

September 2018 Car Sales – Snapshot

Based on our readers feedback, we’ve again made a slight change in the reporting format – While we have separately mentioned the brand volumes (Maruti/Nexa/Nissan/Datsun/Fiat/Jeep); the total values are considered for the parent brand (MSIL, Nissan, FCA). We are sure this shall help us monitor the contribution of individual brands and parent OEMs together.




Sep’18 was an extremely tough month for the Passenger Car Industry. The Industry de-grew by -5.4% and reported -16,395 units sales lesser than the same period last year (Sep’17). While we expected the Industry to grow substantially owing to festive season (Ganesha Chaturthi in Sep’18 & upcoming Dussehra in Oct’18 & Diwali in Nov’18); the sales struggled throughout the month. We are scared that the drop in retail units would be even more  higher! (The figures reported here is the Offtake/Wholesale data which shows the number of dispatches from the OEMs to dealers). The major reasons for the de-growth are –

  • Lot of hue and cry on the rising fuel prices. Every news channel and media publications were covering this story the entire month! The discussion of insanely increasing fuel prices was the topic of discussion in every household of the sub-continent and lowered the consumer sentiments towards the new car purchases.
  • Kerala Market slowdown. The state contributes to almost 8% of the national car sales (Source); and the recent floods have dropped overall automobile sales in the state. The sales opportunity lost during the biggest festival of the state (Onam) couldn’t be recovered by the OEMs.
  • Inauspicious timeline during the end of Sep’18 & initial Oct’18 (Shraadh / Pitru Paksha) meant that the buyers would be wooed away for new purchases during this period.
  • Increased car prices – Many OEMs had recently increased prices stating high raw material costs backfired the sales of cars.
  • Erratic Monsoons again affected sales in Tier-2, Tier-3 markets.
  • High Dealer Inventory – While the dealers piled up stocks considering the festivities; the slowdown in sales shot up their inventory and even Maruti Dealers inventory shot upto 40-45 days! (vis-a-vis average 30-35 days)
Source: Livemint

Santro Reborn!

Hyundai will have the media preview of its new car AH2(codenamed) on 4th October. The company recently launched  the Hyundai namkaran contest for its car. As per the reports Santro has emerged the most popular suffix. And why not, Santro has been the most successful car in Hyundai India’s portfolio. Santro had single handedly established Hyundai as a reputed OEM in the Indian landscape.

The 2018 Santro will be based upon old Hyundai i10 HA platform. The new car will sit between Hyundai Eon and Hyundai Grand i10. The Santro will be the company’s first product to feature an Automated Manual Transmission(AMT). Hyundai will market it as ‘Smart Auto’. The 2019 Hyundai AH2 will rival the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and the Tata Tiago. The Santro nameplate was really the gamechanger for Hyundai and it helped Hyundai to establish its foothold in India.

Lets have a look at the brief history and sales statistics of Hyundai Santro.

History

The Santro (also known as Atos and Amica) was the city car produced by Hyndai. The original Santro was introduced in the year 1997.Hyundai called it as ‘the sunshine car’.

Hyundai  Santro is sold under different names in various regions

  • Hyundai Amica –United Kingdom
  • Dodge Atos –Mexico
  • Kia Visto- Indonesia and South Korea
  • Inokom Atos –Malaysia

Electric Version :-

Hyundai also unveiled an electric car based on the Santro, the Atos EV. The car has the range of 193 km and can reach a top speed of 130 km/h.

In Indian market Hyundai Santro was launched in the year 1998. It was produced at Hyundai’s plant in Chennai. Santro crossed around 100000 unit sales in 2000. It was selling around 30000 a year when Hyundai decided to stop its production in 2014.

The first gen Hyundai Santro was powered by 1.0 Epsilon 4 cylinder engine producing 61 bhp and 110Nm of torque.

Hyundai Santro 1998

The Santro  got a mid life facelift in 1999 and was called Santro Zipdrive.

Hyundai Santro Zipdrive

In 2003 the car underwent a complete facelift and was named  Santro Xing. The Santro Xing was powered by 1.1 l Epsilon 4 cylinder engine producing 65 bhp and 98Nm of torque. This model had a dream run for its full lifecycle until 2014 without any significant changes.

Hyundai Santro Xing

Finally Hyundai stopped its production inorder to accommodate newer models like Elite i20 in the assembly line.

Sales statistics of Hyundai Santro in India –

Santro’s volume trend in it’s 17 years existence in the Indian market

The erstwhile Santro had single handedly managed Hyundai’s volumes in India. In the first 10 years (i.e. 1998-2017); 76% of Hyundai India’s sales was contributed by Santro! (out of 11,40,116 Hyundai’s sold, 8,62,428 cars were Santro’s). Can the upcoming Santro work the same magic for Hyundai? Let’s wait and watch.

Sources: Hyundai India ,Wikipedia and IndianAutosBlog

(This article is written by  Gourav Saksham, a dentist by profession and a Petrohead by passion. You can connect with him at gouravsaksham@gmail.com)

The Evolution of Honda CR-V

The Honda  CR-V is a compact crossover manufactured by Honda  since 1995 and introduced in the North American market in 1997.CR-V was build on the Honda Civic Platform with a SUV body design,

CR-V stands for Compact Runabout Vehicle while the term Compact Recreational Vehicle is used in a British car review article that was republished by Honda.

In India the car that brought  the crossover to the mainstream is perhaps the Honda CR-V.The latest generation of the car will be launched in India around Diwali

Lets have a look at the evolution of the Honda CR-V in India and its sales statistics –

Before the CR-V

In the 80’s, Honda had toyed with the idea of a light off-road vehicle. Called the Honda Civic Shuttle 4WD, it was essentially a Civic with slightly raised ride height, larger mudflaps and, more importantly, a four-wheel drive system. Its four-wheel drive mechanism was a particular novelty. At the time, most 4WD mechanisms were mechanical which needed a lever to engage the said mode. In the Civic Shuttle 4WD, a simple flick of the switch engages the rear wheels and, later in its life, even gained a low-range transmission.

By the late 80’s, Honda introduced the second-generation Civic Shuttle 4WD. Also known as the Beagle, it followed the formula of its predecessor. Higher ground clearance, all-wheel drive and even underchassis skid plates were part of the package. Honda probably knew they were on to something at the time and set the precedent for one of Honda’s most successful models of all time.

First Generation (1995-2001, RD1-RD3)

With the experience gained from building the Civic Shuttle 4WD, Honda went on to develop their first, built from the ground-up SUV. With its design finalized in 1993, the production model made its debut in Japan in 1995, a few months ahead of the car it was based on, the sixth-generation Civic (EK). From its looks alone, this was no raised Civic wagon.

For starters, it came with a more advanced Realtime All-wheel drive system which meant there was no longer the need for a switch to send power to the rear wheels. Being based on the Civic, the CR-V got the suspension goodies from it as well. It had double wishbone suspension on all four corners, giving the first-generation CR-V a bit of dynamic flair. With a 2.0-liter engine under the hood, it initially had 126 PS but later gained 21 more horsepower for a total of 147 PS.

This generation of CR-V was built in various plants in 
Swindon
, United Kingdom (HUKM)
Sayama, Japan
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Santa RosaLaguna, Philippines (Honda Santa Rosa, Laguna Plant)
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)

It practically opened the floodgates for ‘Mini-SUVs’ and further broadened the appeal of the Honda brand. Also, who could forget the built-in table which also served as the cargo area’s floor?

Second Generation (2001-2006, RD4-RD9)

The new millennium saw an all-new Civic and, with that, an all-new CR-V. The second-generation model saw several significant updates and upgrades to the CR-V range. For its second iteration, the CR-V received an all-new engine in the form of the K20 series. The new engine packed i-VTEC, bringing variable valve timing to the CR-V for the first time. Also, the second-generation CR-V lost the impressive (but expensive to produce) double wishbone front suspension and in its place were a pair of struts.

The body also grew significantly from the first generation, giving it more room inside. Honda even kept the novel picnic table from the previous model.

When the facelift model was launched, it saw the return of the all-wheel drive variant but this time, it had more power to boot. All-wheel drive CR-Vs now came with a larger 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine with 160 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Over in Europe however, the CR-V received Honda’s first-ever in-house diesel engine: the i-CDTi. The 2.2-liter mill produced 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque, making it the most potent CR-V at the time

Third Generation (2006-2012, RE3-RE7)

By its third generation, Honda gave the CR-V a revolutionary redesign. Gone was the mini-SUV look of the past two models and in its place was a much larger, longer and rounder body. The side-opening rear door had been replaced by a more conventional upwards raising tailgate and the spare tire was moved to inside the car. Of course, the changes go beyond there.

The interior was comparably more upscale than before, bringing the CR-V upmarket. At the same time, this era of CR-V brought in more safety tech and equipment. It became the first CR-V to offer stability control, as well as a host of airbags from front to rear. With portable MP3 players becoming more popular, the third-generation CR-V also came with handy auxiliary ports. This was the CR-V for the iPod generation.

Aside from more tech, the engine range got significant upgrades. The 2.0-liter engine now uses the R20 block, making it run cleaner than the model it replaced. As for the 2.4-liter engine, it got a healthy boost and made 170 PS and 218 Nm of torque.

Fourth Generation (2012-2017, RM1-RM4)

The global economic crisis hit a lot of automakers hard and Honda was not spared. Despite that, the Japanese automaker persevered and came up with the fourth-generation CR-V. Whereas the the third-generation was a radical step, this particular model was more conservative. Still, it didn’t stop Honda from trying to keep the CR-V bang up to date.

It had an upgraded infotainment system and, along with that, a more informative driver information display to keep track of vehicle status. It also carried over the comprehensive safety suite from the previous model, making the CR-V one of the safest cars on the road. With the crossover segment becoming even more competitive, Honda made the rear quarters even bigger, giving it more room than its already spacious predecessor.

As for the engines, they were carried over from the old model meaning it was the 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter with the same power outputs. Over in other markets, they got a new turbodiesel in the form of the new i-DTEC engine. However, it won’t be long until we get this long-awaited engine.

Fifth Generation (2017-present,)

With the critical acclaim of the tenth-generation Civic, it’s safe to say that Honda pulled out all the stops with the fifth-generation CR-V. While the exterior is evolutionary, it’s quite the revolution under the hood. Over a decade since the first diesel CR-V set foot in Europe, the  Asians finally gets the i-DTEC engine. In India this motor will debut next month having 120 PS power and 300Nm torque.

Along with that engine, the all-new CR-V presents a series of firsts for the local market. The diesel-powered fifth-generation CR-V benefits from a nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the old five-speed units which have served local-spec variants for ten years. That said, Honda did not ignore those who still prefer gas engines. The 2.0-liter engine now benefits from Earth Dreams tech and it’s now mated to a continuously variable transmission, a first for Asean-spec CR-Vs.

It’s also packed with a lot of safety tech too with  Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold, Agile Handling Assist, Driver Attention Monitor, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution, Emergency Stop Signal, Multi-View Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, and a Low Tire Pressure Warning. A stark contrast to the first-generation model which didn’t even have Anti-lock brakes.

It’s been 22 years since Honda first showed the CR-V to the world and it’s quite a big lead since then. Who would have though that a CR-V would be packing features unimaginable from when it was first launched. The CR-V has also done a lot for the brand in those years, namely being the the car that would expand Honda’s crossover lineup both here and abroad.

The BR-V, HR-V, and even the Pilot (North America) can credit their existence to the original CR-V. Without it, Honda would have likely been left behind in the crossover market. As a die hard Honda fan, I could say that Honda’s original crossover has become a car for all classes.

Even as Honda’s crossover range keeps growing, the CR-V is still the name that first comes to mind when someone says ‘Honda SUV’. Needless to say, it has become part of the local motoring landscape.

Sales statistics of Honda CRV in the Indian market

Source :Wikipedia

(This article is written by  Gourav Saksham, a dentist by profession and a Petrohead by passion. You can connect with him at gouravsaksham@gmail.com)

Big Boost to 3 Wheeler Industry – as Government announces end to Permits in Major Markets

Bajaj Auto to expand 3 wheeler & Quadricycle capacity to 1 million per year as Government announces end to Permits

  • Over the last 12 months, there has been an up-surge in three wheeler demand in India, owing mainly to permits released in Maharashtra, Karnataka, AP and Delhi. Consequently during the period Sept’17 to Aug’18 Bajaj Auto has sold 435,000 three wheelers representing a growth of 88% and has strengthened its leadership in this segment.
  • At the SIAM convention yesterday, Minister for Transport Mr. Nitin Gadkari made a historic announcement moving to a “no-permit” regime for auto rickshaws powered by Alternate Fuels.
  • The Market Leader Bajaj with 86% market share in the alternate fuel 3 wheelers is majorly benefited with the development
  • This announcement is a further fillip for the Bajaj Qute, which comes with CNG / LPG fuel options, as more and more state governments approve the Qute for taxi applications.
  • Alongside, Bajaj’s three wheeler and Qute volumes in international markets continue to grow at a good clip of 65% YTD.
  • To capitalize on these positive developments, Bajaj will shortly enhance its production capacities of 3 wheelers and Quadricycles to 1 million per year!

Top 10 Selling Cars – August 2018

Snippets:

  • The Top 10 selling cars of Aug’18 remain the same as July’18 (only the order may vary).
  • Alto dethrones Dzire from the Numero Uno spot after 4 months! The previous time Alto had sold more than Dzire was in Mar’18. Also drop in Dzire volumes could be attributed to success of the New Amaze?
  • Swift nears Dzire volumes and continues to perform well.
  • Baleno undoubtedly has been supporting Nexa as a brand. Infact, Baleno contributes ~62% of Nexa’s sales in India!
  • Wagon-R has been the age old workhorse for Maruti and shows no sign of slowing down. The tallboy Maruti vehicle has practically no competition as on date and probably the upcoming Santro can stand as a suitable option in near future.
  • Brezza’s numbers has been growing month on month and has single-handedly moved Maruti as a major UV maker!
  • Grand i10, i20 & Creta have again sealed the No.7,8&9th spot for Hyundai. The Korean major has no intentions on giving off these spots to any other model.
  • Amaze places itself into the Top 10 selling cars for the THIRD consecutive month. It is nothing short of a monumental achievement for the Japanese OEM.

August 2018 Car Sales – Snapshot

We have been consistently trying to interpret the data more accurately and are bringing newer additions/changes to the reports we share on a monthly basis. This month for the OEM-wise car sales snapshot; we have bifurcated Maruti & Nexa volumes. Though the bifurcation is debatable as the parent OEM of both brands are same; however the dealer channel and models are clearly different. Also the growth pattern is varied – Ex: In Aug’18; while Maruti degrew -5.3% YoY, Nexa grew 3.4%. Also note that Nexa models alone contribute to a staggering 10.2% Market Share! Infact; Nexa’s Market Share has grown 0.6% YoY v/s Maruti’s YoY Market Share drop of -1.1%! In totality, Maruti + Nexa Market Share is still >50% (51.6% to be precise) and both brands together are shaping the parent OEMs dominance pretty well.

Aug’18 was a tough month for car makers – With devastating floods in one of the biggest automobile market (Kerala); even OEMs weren’t prepared on how to tackle the calamity. Do note that Maruti has the highest market share (59%) in Kerala amongst all South Indian states. The scenario remains the same for many other OEMs as well. Hence, any drop in Kerala volumes is reflected in the national volumes. Unfortunately, the catastrophe occurred during the biggest festival of the year for Kerala (Onam) and the loss of life & property was undescribable.

In Aug’18; apart from Nexa, Tata, Toyota & Ford no OEMs registered a YoY growth. The upcoming festive season remains the biggest hope for the automobile sector. Sep’18 has Krishna Janmashtami & Ganesha Chaturthi to elate the festive mood.