Mid SUV Sales Performance – Q1 FY2021

Hyundai Creta emerged as the best selling Mid SUV for Q1 FY2021 with a Market Share of 38%. Over 27k Mid SUVs were sold in the past 3 months and the Creta-Seltos duo were able to sneak in 70% Market Share in the segment!

Rank OEM Model Q1 FY20 MS
1 Hyundai Creta 10,419 38%
2 Kia Seltos 8,725 32%
3 Mahindra Scorpio 3,287 12%
4 MG Hector 2,539 9%
5 Tata Harrier 814 3%
6 Jeep Compass 339 1%
7 Renault Duster 267 1%
8 Mahindra XUV 500 267 1%
9 MG ZS EV 183 1%
10 Nissan Kicks 144 1%
11 VW T ROC 70 0%
12 Hyundai Kona 20 0%
TOTAL 27074 100%
  • Creta was the only model to manage an offtake of >10k units in Q1 FY21 and became the No.1 Mid SUV for the time period.
  • Seltos gave a tough fight and managed to sell 8,725 units along with a Market Share of 32%.
  • Mahindra’s Scorpio had a late start in the BS6 avatar; but 3,287 units were dispatched in the timeframe.
  • MG Hector outsold Tata Harrier by over 3 times in Q1 FY21. The updated Harrier has all the bells and whistles now to take on the Hector. Let us see if the number improves in coming months for the model.

Tata Motors introduces Fleet Edge, next-gen digital solution for optimal fleet management

Tata Motors, India’s leading commercial vehicles manufacturer today announced the launch of Tata Motors Fleet Edge – a next-generation connected vehicle solution that enables fleet management, with informed decision making. Tata Motors has been the leader in telematics solutions in its vehicles since 2012. Today, more than 2 Lakh Tata Motors M&HCV vehicles are factory-fitted with telematics units. Tata Motors is taking the connected vehicle solutions to the next level with the introduction of Fleet Edge that has the capability of processing large amount of data generated by the Telematics Control Unit (TCU) and offers real-time insights for track and trace, vehicle health, driving behaviour, real-time fuel efficiency and fuel loss alert. Customers will also be able to track the due date of the important vehicle documents. Fleet Edge is also accessible on smartphones via an app, on real time basis.

Speaking about Fleet Edge, Mr. Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “Digital technology and connectivity solutions are rapidly transforming both passenger and goods transportation. The rich data that vehicles can now send through the telematics unit is opening up several new possibilities for the entire logistics chain. With Fleet Edge, we have set a new benchmark by providing customers more information and greater control over their fleet and their operations, remotely. We’re taking data from the vehicles and using it to help our customers improve their operations. We will consistently build and introduce enhancements to the Fleet Edge solution to provide more relevant and customised intelligence for fleet owners and managers to make informed decisions. The more insights we provide, the more efficient they become by optimising fleet performance and reducing costs.”

The Fleet Edge solution is relevant and beneficial across fleet size and is available with the entire M&HCV BSVI range of Tata Motors trucks and buses and a select range of I&LCV and SCV models.

The BSVI range of Tata Motors connected trucks come with the latest inbuilt embedded SIM. The TCU used in Fleet Edge is AIS 140 compliant, as regulated by the Government, with safety and security functions including the emergency buttons and vehicle location tracking communication to Government-authorised backend servers.

Fully integrated at the backend with Tata Motors’ systems, Fleet Edge provides an end-to-end connected experience for the customers with better control over their entire business operations. Fleet Edge ensures that a fleet owner is always connected to their truck drivers and the vehicles through cutting-edge features for better control over driver performance. The system also monitors unauthorised vehicle movement and determines the exact location of the vehicle with a user-friendly graphical map.

DJS Kronos India ranked third worldwide in BAJA SAE International 2020 held in Arizona, USA

The team, DJS Kronos India of Dwarkadas Jivanlal Sanghvi College of Engineering located in Vile Parle (Mumbai), secured third position worldwide and first in India in BAJA SAE International (Arizona), USA. DJS Kronos is an engineering project team consisting of 40 undergraduate engineering students from Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering. The team consists of 40 undergraduate engineering students that design, manufacture and fabricate a single seater all-terrain vehicle from scratch every year.

Results of BAJA SAE 2020 held in Arizona, USA

Also notable is the fact that 3 out of the Top 10 winners were from India! And all three Indian institutions were from Maharashtra. D Y Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi (Team Predators Racing) ranked 8th globally and Maharashtra Institute of Technology (Team Piranha Racing) ranked 10th. Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). SAE, or the “Society of Automotive Engineers,” is an international organization that promotes the exchange of important information and ideas between engineers in mobility-related professions where students from universities all over the world design, build and race all-terrain vehicles (ATV) that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain. Each year as many as 100 Baja cars representing countries all over the world from India, China, Mexico, Brazil, USA and Canada enter in the Baja SAE events in the International forum.

Picture of vehicle taking run at acceleration event in BAJA SAE India

The timeline of the competition consisted of three phases namely designing, manufacturing and testing. Designing starts in March and is completed by May. By June end the chassis prototype is completed and manufacturing begins. All the parts are then machined and the materials are procured in this period of manufacturing lasting from July to September. Testing commences after manufacturing where the built all-terrain vehicle is tested extensively. Once the vehicle is competition ready after all the testing, priority is given to the aesthetics of the car. The car is finally shipped to the United States of America by mid-March to participate in the competition.

Each competition requires students to balance cost with design and dynamic performance while following a strict set of safety regulations and standardized rules. Competitions are four days long during which teams compete in three static events and five dynamic events for a grand total of 1000 points. Static Events are so named because the car does not move during these events.

The static events take place on the first two days of a competition. The scored static events are the Cost Report, Sales Presentation, and Design Judging. Respectively, these events are worth 100, 50, and 150 points. The Cost Report is a document containing what the team has calculated to be the Actual Cost and Adjusted Cost of their car and their justification (calculations). Actual Cost is the amount of money the team actually spent to build their car. Adjusted Cost, basically, is a cost calculated from standardized materials/labour costs made up by the judges for the purposes of making the event more fair.

The Sales Presentation is an approximately 15 minute session within which teams try to convince a hypothetical manufacturing company to purchase their vehicle’s design and put it into production. Each sales pitch must be a maximum of 10 minutes long, and a 5 minute question and answer session with the judges follows the pitch.

Dynamic events take place on the third and fourth days of competition. The third day is exclusively for time trials. Each team races their car through a number of events including a maneuverability course, an acceleration track, a hill climb or sled pull event, and a special event specified for each competition (suspension and traction, or rock crawl). The fourth day of competition is reserved for a four hour endurance race in which all participating teams are on the same track at once, racing side by side. This part of the competition is the event worth the most points and makes designing and fabrication for durability paramount to success. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic the dynamic events were scrapped off and only the static events were conducted virtually over video conferencing from 27th May to 5th June.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the competition was declared to be conducted virtually for the year 2020. On 19th June 2020 the results of the competition were announced and DJS Kronos rankings were as mentioned –

3rd – Overall placing all over the world (257.16/300)
4th – Design Presentation (132/150)
8th – Sales Presentation (43.96/50)
9th – Cost Presentation (81.20/100)

Team photo at BAJA SAE India

The DJS Kronos Team was led under the captain Gaurav Jain and the mentorship of the faculty advisors Rajnarayan Yadav and Shashikant Auti. They were also supported by Dr.K.N. Vijaykumar, Principal Dr.Hari Vasudevan and D.J. Sanghvi College management.

DJS Kronos Team with college faculty