Two of Maruti’s best-selling hatchbacks have outsold their Hyundai counterparts by a huge margin.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) has been leading the sales charts in India since forever now. Much of this is due to its affordable yet practical range of passenger cars like the Baleno, Swift, Wagon R, Alto, etc. India’s largest car manufacturer has sold 1,33,700 units in February 2020. Although this is a 2.3% decrease on YoY basis, the company has managed to overshadow its entire competition. In fact, the Baleno and Swift have managed to outsell every other car in the rivals’ line-up during February 2020, and that too by a fairly high margin. The former sold 15,535 units while the latter clocked a monthly sale of 18,696 units.
The Baleno is the Maruti's premium hatchback offering
Hyundai, the second-largest carmaker in India, has once again settled on the second spot. This is still fairly good show on the sales charts, the year-on-year performance has been quite disappointing for the local subsidiary of the South Korean manufacturer. The company managed a sales figure of 40,010 units, whcih is a 7.2% declineon YoY basis. Its best-selling hatchbacks, the Elite i20 and Grand i10, have posted a sales figure of 8,766 and 10,407 units, respectively.
As can be seen in the figures above, the Baleno outsold its Hyundai counterpart, the Elite i20, by registering almost twice the sales figures. Similarly, the Swift has had an upper hand over the Grand i10, that too by almost 80%. One of the reasons for the lower sales figures of the Elite i20 could be due to the car being in the fag end of its career. A replacement is due for launch later this year and should help its carmaker reduce the heat from the Baleno. On the other hand, the Grand i10 is available in both second-gen and third-gen models, with the latter being on sale with the 'Nios' suffix. Still, it's yet to become as popular as the Swift.
Hyundai i20 is set to be replaced by a next-gen model soon
It would be interesting to see how Hyundai will fare against Maruti once the sales of the new i20 begins. The upcoming i20 is expected to be the segment leader in terms of technology, and the company has also decided to keep offering diesel-powered models to its customers, along with CNG options. In contrast, Maruti has decided to drop their entire diesel lineup in favour of petrol and CNG models.