Maruti continues to enjoy its top-spot in the Indian car market by completely dominating the annual sales chart of FY2019-20 with its hot-sellers like Alto, Swift, Brezza and more
The Indian automobile market has been in a bind since last year. Sales have been slumping and all major automakers have registered poor consumer interest, save for Kia Motors India (Read more about that). Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has also seen falling sales, but India’s largest car manufacturer still remains so, owing to its immensely popular range of affordable cars. In fact, most of the best selling cars in the last financial year have been from Maruti’s stable!
Maruti Alto is the best selling car in India
According to annual sales reports, seven of the top ten best sellers in FY2019-20 were Maruti cars. Not only that, but those cars also managed to bag the top seven spots too! Alto remains the top-selling car in the country (1,90,814 units sold), followed closely by Swift and Baleno. The complete sales data is available below.
As can be seen in the table above, Maruti retains its number one spot in the Indian market with the top seven best selling cars, followed by Hyundai. It should also be noted that even though Maruti sold the most number of cars in the country, the company still faced a sales crisis. Sales of the Alto, Swift, Baleno, Dzire, and Vitara Brezza fell by 26%, 16%, 15%, 29%, and 30%, respectively, compared to FY 2018-19. The Wagon R and Eeco, however, managed to gain sales by 3 and 27 per cent, respectively.
The primary factor for Maruti’s sales success can be attributed to the company’s range of brilliant, affordable, and frugal small cars. The second factor is the availability of Maruti’s service centres all over the country, which ensure maintenance (which is already quite affordable) is easily available anywhere, big cities as well as small towns. Thirdly, the bulletproof Suzuki engines can run for decades without developing any significant problems.
The Futuro-E concept at Auto Expo 2020 was a showcase of future electric tech from Maruti
With the transition to BSVI compliance, Maruti has discontinued the production of diesel-powered vehicles. As the majority sales of the company came from petrol cars, it might have been a smart move to not invest in upgrading diesel technology. The carmaker has instead decided to focus on CNG and electric alternatives. Almost the entire range of Maruti Arena now features factory-fitted CNG kits (except, for example, Celerio X) and a few others come with mild-hybrid tech. The company is also expected to bring in proper hybrid and electric vehicles to the Indian market soon.