The first month of 2021 has been a treat for most car manufacturers in the country. With businesses gradually gaining momentum and improved consumer sentiments, carmakers have witnessed decent growth in car sales in January 2021.
The top-three highest selling car manufacturers in India in January 2021 were Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, and Tata Motors.
Maruti, the country’s largest car manufacturer, witnessed cumulative sales of 1,39,002-units compared to 1,39,844-unit sales in January last year but witnessed a marginal drop in sales by 0.6 percent. The top-three best sellers from Maruti were the Alto (18,260 units), Swift (17,180 units), and the WagonR (17,165 units).
Korean carmaker Hyundai retained the second spot in car sales with a 23.8 percent growth. Hyundai sold 52,005 units of cars last month as against 42,002 units in January 2020. The highest selling models from Hyundai were– the Creta (12,284 units), Venue (11,779 units), and the Grand i10 (10,865 units).
Mahindra witnessed more sales than Kia Motors for the second consecutive month in a row. The Indian manufacturer registered a 4.8 percent growth in January 2021 with 20,498-unit sales as compared to 19,555 units sold in January 2020. The Bolero (7,567 units), XUV300 (4,612 units), and the Scorpio (4,083 units) are the key contributors to the overall sales.
Indigenous car manufacturer Tata Motors sold 26,980-units as against 13,893-units in the same period last year. The carmaker witnessed an incredible 94.2 percent growth in January 2021. The top-three best sellers for Tata were – the Nexon (8,225 units), the Altroz (7,378 units), and the Tiago (6,909 units). The Tata Nexon EV also became the highest-selling electric car in India.
Kia continues its strong sales in the Indian market with just three cars in their line-up – Seltos, Sonet and the Carnival. The carmaker sold 19,056 units in January 2021 as against 15,450-unit sales in January 2020, thereby registered a 23.3 per cent growth in sales last month. The Seltos and the Sonet have been the key contributors with 9,869-unit and 8,859-unit sales, respectively. It is noteworthy to mention, Kia is the first carmaker in India to sell more than 2 Lakh connected cars.
The entry-level sedan, Honda Amaze was the best seller for the Japanese carmaker last month. Honda totally sold 11,320 units last month as against 5,299-unit sales in the same period last year, witnessing a whopping 113.6 per cent growth in sales. The Honda Amaze sedan sales increased by 73 per cent with 5,477 units sold last month as against 3,160-unit sales in January 2020. The Honda City, the premium sedan is the second bestseller for Honda with 3,667-unit sales last month.
Toyota registered a 91.7 per cent growth in sales last month. The carmaker sold 11,126 units as compared to 5,804-unit sales in the same period last year. The Innova Crysta and the Glanza have been the most popular selling models for Toyota.
Renault witnessed a 5.2 per cent growth with 8,209-unit sales in January 2021 as against 7,805-unit sales in the same period last year.
Ford registered a 15.2 per cent drop in sales, with 4,141-unit sales in January 2021 as against 4,881-unit sales in the same period last year.
Nissan has registered its highest ever 184.6 per cent growth in India in January 2021 with 4,021-unit sales in January 2021 as compared to 1,413-unit sales in the same period last year. The Magnite compact SUV has been the game-changer for the company in India and we expect to witness a substantial growth in sales in the months to come.
MG Motors‘ Hector, Hector Plus, Gloster and the ZS EV are the only four models for sale in India. The British carmaker witnessed a 15.1 per cent growth in sales with 3,602-unit sales last month as compared to 3,130-unit sales in the same period last year.
VW registered an 85.2 per cent growth in sales with 2,041-unit sales last month as against 1,102-unit sales in the same period last year while Skoda witnessed a 25.5 per cent drop in sales with 1,004-unit sales as compared to 1,347-unit sales in the same period last year.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also witnessed 43.8 per cent drop in sales with 394-unit sales as compared to 701-unit sales in the same period last year.
With most major car manufacturers having new cars lined up for launch, looks like the Automotive sales in India are all set to improve from here on.
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