Top 20 Exported vehicles from India in February 2020

While the domestic sales has been low due to negative market sentiments and BS6 transition; the OEMs have been focusing on exports to maximize capacity utilization of the plants. The Passenger Vehicle Exports saw a YoY increase of 9% in Feb’20 and the Two Wheeler Exports saw a double digit growth of 16% in Feb’20 v/s Feb’19.

Passenger Vehicle Export Statistics for Feb’20 – 

  • Ecosport was the highest exported vehicle from India in February 2020. The exports was almost flat for Ecosport in Feb’20 when compared to Feb’19. Ecosport exports alone accounted to over 15% of Passenger Vehicle exports from India!
  • The other Ford vehicle to fare in the Top 20 list was Aspire.
  • Nissan’s Sunny came second and grew a phenomenal 60% YoY. India was a big export base for Nissan / Renault – However; only 1 model each from Nissan & Renault came in the Top 20 list.
  • Vento was the highest exported model from VW’s portfolio and grew a healthy 29% YoY.
  • Chevrolet Beat’s export volume has staggered to <5k units and fell -25% YoY. General Motors decision to sell out Talegaon plant may be a primary reason for the same.
  • Kia made a strong presence in exports as well and exported over 3.5k units of Seltos in February 2020.

Two Wheeler Export Statistics for Feb’20 – 

  • Bajaj was nation’s largest Two Wheeler exporter and Boxer was the most exported marque. Boxer 100cc alone exported over 85k units and contributed to over 27% exports from the sub-continent.
  • TVS came in second with Star City (100 cc) and Star City 125 slotted itself in 3rd spot.
  • Infact; the Top 5 positions were from the products of Two Indian OEMs Bajaj & TVS.

57% of MG Hectors sold in 2019 was from Petrol Versions

MG Motors India sold 15,930 units of the Mid-SUV Hector in the year 2019 and over 57% of the sales came in from Petrol variants!

Morris Garages (MG) had launched its first offering Hector in the Indian sub-continent in June 2019 and has sold an average of 2,275 units/mth last year since launch. The car was pitted against the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta where the diesel variants had a major pie in the overall sales.

The primary reason for Petrol variants getting higher acceptance is due to multiple options available for the model. MG offers Hector in 3 Petrol configurations – Petrol Manual Transmission, Petrol Hybrid Manual Transmission & Petrol DCT (Automatic). However; Diesel is available just in a Manual avatar. The bet played by MG worked well and 57% of the customers opted for the Petrol Hectors.

Similar trend was seen in Kia’s Seltos sales figures too. Near to 55% of Seltos sold were Petrols. Even Kia had special focus on Petrol Engine configurations where Tech line & GT line was offered to woo more customers. The higher acceptance for Petrol was pretty different when compared to sibling Creta’s case too. Petrol Creta’s were only 31% of Creta’s sales and Diesels contributed to 69% of overall Creta’s sales.

Fuel Split Sales Figures 2019 – Mahindra & Ford

Mahindra’s dependency on diesel engines was the highest in 2019. Almost 94% of M&M’s sale came from Diesel variants. Mahindra was also India’s largest EV maker and e-Verito emerged as the best selling Electric Passenger Vehicle for 2019.

The reason to compile Mahindra & Ford in this post because M&M’s has bought stake in Ford India’s operation and 2020 shall also see a lot of engine sharing between both the OEMs. Let’s see the Fuel Wise Sales Split for both the OEMs –

  • Verito nameplate saw a tremendous shift in EV sales – 76% of the Verito’s sold in 2019 were electric!
  • Bolero, Thar, Marazzo, Xylo, Scorpio, TYV300, XUV500 and Alturas were the diesel only models in Mahindra. BS6 transition will have one of the highest impacts on Mahindra as majority of their sales is dependent on diesel models. The impact was seen in Feb’20 volumes where the OEM reported sales of 10,756 units. However; Ford’s tieup & strong inhouse R&D team has given significant advantage to Mahindra to enhance the engine technology and be ready for the transition.
  • Petrol Engine options were available only in 2 models – KUV100 and XUV300. While Petrol engine sales was significant for KUV100 (70%); only 26% sales came from Petrol variants for XUV300.

  • While Endeavour was the Diesel only model in Ford’s portfolio; Mustang was solely available in Petrol avatar.
  • Figo saw 69% of the buyers opting for the petrol variant; while 50% of the Aspire buyers opted for the Diesel variant. The sale of Aspire in Taxi segment has also led to higher diesel sale for the model.
  • 64% of Ecosport sold were in diesel variants. Also 43% of Freestyle were diesels.