Indian Car Sales Figures – October 2010

October 2010 Sales Figures – Pan India

This has been a great month for Automobile manufacturers. With festival season around (Dussehra & Diwali), there is expectation of surge in demand. 

Alto has proved again that it is here to stay at the top spot for long and K10 sales has just added to the celebrations!! The tallboy Wagon-R proves again that practicality is what the Indians want. The i10 again heralds the flag for Hyundai and the refreshed version stands to its name. Aria has done pretty decent numbers in its opening month. Fabia’s sales have increased three fold – now that’s fab !!Swift has proved again as an undisputed leader in the hatchback category. The cheapest Ford in the world – Figo is also consistently performing well. Cruze has cruised a long way to ward off competition from Civic and Corolla. 

Fortuner seems to change the fortune of Toyota in the premium SUV space (the car has already a waiting period of six months and still seems to increase more in near future!!). Innova has always proved to be a Innovative winner in the MUV space and still stands a difficult nut to crack for Aria. Scorpio is one product that has evolved as a category of its own and stands no competition. Bolero presents an excellent case to display how an entry level SUV can overcome the sales numbers of a hatch (Bolero has sold more than Figo!!) and thus stands to be the best product for Mahindra. City vents out the competition from Vento and is still doing good numbers. 

Source: All thanks to the guys in Team-BHP for the figures. For a much in-depth overview please click on the link –

P.S. : The sales numbers indicated here are not Retail volumes (i.e Dealer to customer) but are Wholesale figures (manufacturer to dealer)   

Etios All the Way… “Revolutionizing Quality”

                                  Toyota: Trying to reign the future of Indian Automobile Market

Toyota has always dominated the space it existed. Be it the premium sedan category with Corolla or the MUV space with Innova. Even its unexpected success child Fortuner has created a niche for itself; with a waiting period of almost 6 months – it has just altered the way Industry works. No-one ever saw such a huge demand for a 20-odd lakh SUV (which was already dominated by the likes of Captiva, Fortuner and CR-V). Although its Camry didn’t do great numbers, still it has a own fan following.

Along the years; Toyota has carved an unique recognition for itself – QUALITY. This is something that infuses fear amongst its competitors. Toyota has the potential to hit big in the market. And I say Toyota has taken a well thought-out strategy; i.e. understood the market well, created a name for itself, built a whole bunch of well-established dealers and most important of all – tuned itself according to the market requirements.

Now is the time Toyota needs to strike hard and without any flaw!!! They need to be well prepared for a long-run in this ever competitive mass market (which has the presence of the mighty Maruti to VW; from emerging Ford to reigning Hyundai). Toyota with its agency Dentsu has launched its communication of Q Promise. The most vital link in the Etios gameplan is the Toyota dealer. The company has raised the number of dealers from 40 to 60 and the number of sale and service points from 82 to 150 in the last two years. 

Toyota has a great time till now. The conversion of footfalls in Toyota dealerships is 32 per cent, way above the industry average of 20 per cent. It is due to the rigorous training of the Manpower – “Training is done to everybody in the dealership, even the doorman and the also attendant who serves tea!!”. Toyota spent the whole of 2007 researching the Indian market. Teams met different customers groups: Young people, old, single, married etc. Dealers were taken on board to get their feedback. In early 2008, Toyota finally said it would go ahead with the car. Since then, Narita Ke, the chief engineer of the Etios, has made innumerable trips to India, and lived with families here to understand their habits and needs. He observed, for instance, that all Indians are in a hurry to take off as soon as the traffic signal turns green; they therefore need that additional pick up. Similarly, a car has to be easy to park. Indians often accommodate three passengers on the back seat; so it is essential to give good comfort towards the rear of the car. The Etios, which has been developed in Japan, will “give a very good driving experience, very good space, high ground clearance and best-in-class fuel efficiency,” says Singh.

And recently Toyota Kirloskar Motor has roped in musician A R Rahman as its Brand Ambassador. Commenting on the signing up of Rahman, TKM Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said: “There is a very strong connect between the product and its brand ambassador, with both being, ‘global’, ‘innovative’, ‘reliable’, and a ‘class- above quality’.” On his association with Toyota, Rahman said: “I believe real quality is created when skill meets dedication, when insight meets inspiration, when passion meets perfection. This is why I am happy to be associated with Toyota. The same values drive Toyota in whatever they do.”

Toyota has a lot in stakes with this product. they have indigeniously designed Etios keeping the Indian market in mind – pretty evident from the Etios logo!! The Sedan is all ready to be launched on December this year and the hatchback by March’2011. While Toyota is unraveling its intentions; we auto enthusiasts can just wait and hope for the best J
source: business standard

Mahindra Mojo & Stallio : Breaking the ice for Mahindra 2 wheelers into the Indian motorcycle segment

The segment which was always dominated by the Bajaj’s and the Munjal’s saw the entry of another Indian Business House – Mahindra’s!!! Mahindra’s foray into the 2-wheeler segment was like a whirlwind. Firstly Mahindra bought an Italian Engine and Design boutique firm Engines Engineering in 2008, and later acquired Kinetic Engineering Limited’s two wheeler business which displayed Mahindra’s seriousness in 2-wheelers business. Even their Mojo has been inspired from Malaguti MR250 (Design of Engines Engineering).

World class Italian design, raw power, adrenaline and speed. India’s bikers can look forward to all this and much more as Mahindra 2 Wheelers’ Stallio and Mojo motorcycles made their debut at a high voltage launch in Mumbai on September 30.

The Two Wheeler Sector of Mahindra aims to design and market a full range of scooters and motorcycles for the Indian and global markets, thus establishing a robust and end-to-end two-wheeler business in every segment of the industry.

“In the last twelve months Mahindra 2 Wheelers has achieved a milestone by registering a sale of 1.5 lac units – a clear validation of the success of our niche PowerScooters strategy. We are now all geared up to redefine the biking experience in India with the Stallio and the Mojo which are a potent blend of global technology and innovation and will take the category to the next level,” said Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group.


Ø  Available in two variants – priced at Rs 44,699/- for cast alloy wheels with self start, fully digital console & Rs 41,199/- for spoke wheels with kick start (ex showroom Pune)
Ø  4 years manufacturer’s warranty                                                                        
Ø  Biking can now be fun-filled and stylish – offers features that add to style thereby creating a new niche  
Ø  Multimedia marketing campaign featuring Aamir Khan     
Ø  Available in Derby Red, Colt Black, Equus Blue,  Buckskin Yellow & Ranch Green
Ø  Handcrafted, one of its kind                                                                                                             
Ø  Priced at Rs 1.75 lakh (ex showroom Pune)
Ø  Blends cool retro styling with best of global technology & design – 4 Valve  DOHC 300 cc power plant                                                                                    
Ø  Sports aerodynamic ‘tear drop’ shape and a classic gold frame assembly with twin headlamps                                           
Ø  Leading European vendors – Ducati Energia, Paioli & Pirelli (Italy), J Juan (Spain) – contribute to the making of the Mojo

Available in red and black with decal customisation options 

Suzuki Swift: All set to become more Aspirational !!!

Maruti Suzuki is all set to bring their new edition of Swift in the early 2011. Maruti was facing a tough time before Swift’s presence. Swift gave Maruti a stronghold in B-segment and recently has even made itself the most Aspirational Car in the category (Frost & Sullivan Award).   

2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift blue front 3 quarter

Maruti Suzuki Swift has become a truly global vehicle. It is built with typical Japanese precision, attention to detail, tested for unique Indian road conditions and customer requirements. Maruti Suzuki Swift is an example of the growing recognition for Indian intellectual and engineering capabilities. Maruti Suzuki’s R&D capability, evident time and again in its efforts to upgrade existing models, has attained a new definition with Maruti Suzuki Swift. 
With time, Suzuki has decided to evolve this leading sports compact car and make it more aspirational. Hence, the all new Suzuki Swift – This is turning out to be one of the most anticipated cars of 2011. Now as far as its looks are concerned, one thing that can be said with certain amount of confidence is that it has a tad bit more space than its predecessor, at the very outset it certainly looks more gorgeous.  And its rear end is just shouting “different” “different” !!!

And Suzuki has also launched a new campaign – “I’m your fan” in  Europe. That’s the proud statement by everyone who has experienced the new leading sports compact. It’s revolving around people who are into modern design, ecology-minded, and looking for an exhilaratingly dynamic driving-experience.

Hyundai i10, re-christened !!!

The fourth bestselling car (after Alto, Wagon R & Swift) in the Indian Automobile market gets a makeover and for good. It was launched here in India on 23rd September, 2010. Hyundai i10 was already a hit among the Indian car buyers; but Hyundai knew that needed to evolve to stand apart in the highly competitive hatchback segment. And this led to the birth of the New i10. The new i10 is powered by a 1.1 litre, iRDE petrol engine which will offer great performance along with an unmatched fuel economy. The unit develops 66.7PS@5500 rpm of maximum power and a peak torque of 10.1Kgm@2800 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a console mounted ergonomic, short throw, i-shift gear box which frees up the space between the driver and the passenger seat and also gives an unique look – a first for this segment. To make in-city driving effortless it comes with an electric power steering.
Now this is a shocker – The top-end model of the i10 comes with features like a panoramic sun-roof (a first for this class of cars), rear spoiler, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, keyless entry, 2-DIN audio system, reverse parking sensors and also offers an Automatic transmission variant too!!! What the i10 Kappa2 is now bringing into the Indian market is technology – both in terms of gadgets as well as engine technology, in a segment that hasn’t seen much of both yet.

The new i10s changes aren’t just cosmetic – the biggest change in character that the car gets is in its engines. While Hyundai will continue selling both the iRDe and the Kappa engines side-by-side just the way they have been doing till now, both engines get upgrades. The 1.1 litre iRDe2 now sports bigger intake and exhaust valves as well as a special coating on its pistons.

So, will the new i10 re-instate the glory of Hyundai??? Let time answer that… All the best Hyundai J
Source: Zigwheels

BUZZ of the day: Tata Aria

Sometimes I wonder why automobile manufacturers are vigorously employing internet and viral marketing as their communication tool along with other platforms. In the recent past a lot of Auto companies done something similar, like-
  •       The most popular of all – Xylo. Mahindra had always been a fore-runner in using World Wide Web. Even the launch of Scorpio was said to be one of the best online launches in Indian Automotive History. And they bettered with Xylo; it had created an immense impact and curiosity among customers and gathered millions of clicks on its website. XYLO had also generated tremendous interest among bloggers and auto enthusiasts in the online world.
  •       Recently Bajaj also tried capturing online audiences with the ads of the launch of their new website which is one of its kind Experiential Website. It is India’s first website that completely shot in video. The website is uniquely designed in 3D video version that takes the visitor’s virtual experience of the brand to the next level. The website brings unique experience to users by using the latest in video and web technology.
  •       In international scene, 2 wonderful examples for similar creative ideas would be:

o – This interactive website by Mercedes is a gem. It will strike you with awe. You will explore the endless possibilities of using Internet to connect and interact!!!
o – This state of art website by BMW will literally place you on a racing track and explain how the technologies in a M-series car work.
A lot of similar happenings are reality with these day automobile manufacturers. So Tata Motors thought why not do something similar with Aria. And this led to the birth of This is not just yet another ordinary website. But is an interactive platform where the participants will be asked to enter a contest and then be provided tools to assemble a car right from its engine and chassis interiors and then the whole car.
Aria is gonna launch in less than a month. The new interactive site is to create some excitement ahead of the launch of the car. The new website has been intuitively designed to let people know about the advantages and features of the components of the Aria while building the car. This will not only create interest, but will make people more familiar with the USPs of the Aria.

Aria would be India’s first cross-over car and is seeded to be Tata’s big ticket entry into the luxury segment. It is even speculated that Jaguar engineers have worked on the interiors of Aria. The Aria will be powered by a 2.2-litre DICOR diesel engine goof for 140bhp of peak power at 4000rpm and 320Nm of peak torque at a low 1500rpm. Expect the new AWD crossover to cost upwards of Rs. 12 lakh.
Source: Motoroids

Volkswagen or Voicewagen ???

Today morning was full of surprises for Times of India readers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune. It wasn’t due to any shocking news but a well thought and deliberated advertisement!!! And whats the return of this huge marketing spend and hoopla? I say it’s getting noticed and for good. Indians have a conservative mindset and are reluctant to try anything that’s new or un-tested. This made Volkswagen adapt a wide-spread marketing blitz right from its entry into the Indian market.

With its intention of making deeper inroads in the Indian Automobile segment VW had launched a similar print campaign last November where all editions of Times of India and Economic Times had close to 16,000 square centimeters of print space. The basic offset was to familiarize Indians with the 70-year-old European car maker. This was the time where they had only 4 up-market cars in their kitty – Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Touraeg. This made VW establish itself as a premium brand and it later helped to leverage on this communication during their launch of Polo.

So, what was so special about today’s advertisement?  VW has notched up a global first of sorts by carrying “talking advertisement”. Similar ad was also displayed on yesterdays Hindu edition.

The opening page of the wraparound carries this announcement:
“The Times of India and Volkswagen have created four pages of content as part of a special media innovation. Don’t miss reading and listening to this ‘speaking newspaper’.”

On the last page of the wraparound is a full-page Volkswagen ad for its new model Vento.
As the page is opened a light-sensitive speaker—yes, a light-sensitive speaker— weighing no more than a mere 10-15 grams and stuck on the extreme left panel in the advertisement (above), belts out the line in a loop:
“Best in class German engineering is here. The new Volkswagen Vento. Built with great care and highly innovative features. Perhaps that’s why it breaks the hearts of our engineers to watch it drive away.
“The new Volkswagen Vento.  Crafted with so much passion, it’s hard to let it go.
“Volkswagen. Das Auto.”
The same Volkswagen ad runs in other papers without the audio.

So, what say?? Was this blitzkrieg worth doing?? I believe, YES. This is the time when manufacturers need to differentiate and innovate in their communication. And what better time for VW when they already have 2 of their number-crunching models – Polo and Vento at showrooms!!!

Way to go VW 


Skoda Yeti : A new breed of Compact SUV

Skoda Auto is all set to enter the first of its kind “Compact-SUV” segment with its Yeti. As the name suggests Yeti is something novel in its category, all set to revolutionize a new category by itself. Last year we saw the sudden upsurge of high-end SUV’s such as Fortuner, Captiva. Be ready to witness the beginning of the so called compactness within the SUV segment. Skoda Auto is fully confident on its product as its cater to both city and off-road conditions. This part of the market was dominated by the likes of Scorpio for the value conscious customers, but the real competition would start now. Even Mitsubishi is planning to bring its Mini Outlander (also known as the RVR). 

This segment was first exploited by our very own Indian company Premier Motors by its product Rio. This phenomena of Urban Crossover concept is catching well within the automobile manufacturers and I’m sure that we gonna see a slew of similar launches within the next year.

As per the reviews, Skoda’s Yeti seems to be a promising new car:    

Wishing it all the best!!!

Alto K10 re-creates history!!!

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 becomes India’s fastest selling car by selling 20 thousand units in just 40 days. Its predecessor Alto had managed a euphoric figure of 27,639 units during the month of July’2010 and sold a consolidated number of 28,000 units during August. The Alto K10 has striked at the right time, when Maruti needed it the most. 

Maruti Suzuki is now expecting 30,000 sales per month, after witnessing such terrific response. But that’s not all, people with knowledge about the industry are speculating 40,000 units per month if the company somehow managed to work its way around its capacity constraints. The car sold a whopping 2,40,000 units last year. With the way K10 sales figures are soaring, I’m sure that K10 will be one of the best sequel story in Maruti’s stable.

 source: motoroids