In February 2020, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has managed to outsell its competitors in the Indian market by a huge margin.
While Indian Auto Industry is feeling the pinch of the currently ongoing sales slump, Maruti has managed to emerge victorious over all the other car manufacturers. The company has registered a small decline in sales on a year-on-year basis, but the overall performance has been strong. In fact, Maruti Ciaz has become the best-selling sedan in its segment, and that too by quite a long shot.
Maruti Ciaz has managed to outsell all its competitors
Maruti Suzuki’s C-segment sedan has managed to sell a total of 2,544 units. Compared to last year (3,084 units), this is a decrease of 18%. That said, the closest competitors to the Ciaz have had considerably lower sales. Honda City managed to retail nearly 1,226 units, a whopping 62% decline compared to February last year (3,273 units). Hyundai Verna had an even more disappointing month, with a sales volume of just 570 units, a massive drop of nearly 83% on YoY basis. The total sales of the City and Verna combined (1,796) aren’t even close to the figures posted by Maruti.
Other than that, we also see that Skoda and VW have also suffered reduced sales. The former sold 680 units in February 2020, against 898 in February last year, while the latter managed only 143 against 351 for the same time periods, respectively. Nissan was the only carmaker to boast of positive YoY growth, but the volume is too small in itself, just 52 units against 14 last February.
Hyundai Verna (above) and Honda City (below) will be introduced in their new avatars later this year
The primary reason for the poor sales of Honda City and Hyundai Verna could be the anticipated arrival of the newer models. While the Honda is slated for a generation change soon, Hyundai will be bringing out a facelift version for its sedan. It would be interesting to see how the Ciaz will fare against the new-generation City and the updated Verna, as both these cars had outsold the Maruti sedan last year.