The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped everything and forced some of the biggest companies to rethink their future plans. While there are several sectors that have taken a massive hit over the last year and a half, we focus on the automobile industry and the dip it has gone through. Although car sales in India had dropped quite significantly in 2020, we have seen a slow rise in 2021. It seems that people are still interested in buying new cars and manufacturers are more than happy to release new models for their buyers. However, how does one actually choose a car from the seemingly endless list of available options? It’s quite obvious to select a car from one of the best manufacturers in the country, right? So, let’s take a look at 5 of the best car manufacturers in India in 2021.
Maruti Suzuki or Maruti Suzuki India Limited was founded back in 1981 and is the leader in manufacturing cars in India. In 2020, Maruti Suzuki had a market share of 54.16 percent, however, due to the pandemic, that market share dropped to 45.61 percent in March 2021. Nevertheless, the brand is still the biggest in the country and continues to deliver superior cars that are targeted to the “family” market. Maruti Suzuki is also one of the most affordable brands in India which have helped it hold on to its impressively high market share.
The brand is best known for its compact hatchbacks and compact SUVs with the Swift being one of the best-selling cars in their lineup as well as the country. Some of the other popular models from Maruti Suzuki include the Vitara Brezza, Alto 800, Wagon R, Baleno, Ertiga, S-Presso, and Dzire. Maruti also has a few premium models in their lineup – the Ciaz, S-Cross, and XL6 stand out for their high-end features specifications. With upcoming models like the Jimny, Grand Vitara, Swift Hybrid, and WagonR Electric, we expect Maruti Suzuki to retain their top spot for at least a few more years. Maruti Suzuki is the perfect choice for buyers who are on a budget and are looking to get their money’s worth.
In the second place, with a market share of 16.41 percent, Hyundai is a manufacturer that has been growing in popularity in the country. Although the brand entered India in 1996, they hit the ground running with the launch of the original Santro in 1998. People were instantly impressed with what the South Korean manufacturer had to offer. Today, almost a quarter of a century later, Hyundai has been making headlines with their sporty hatchbacks, elegant sedans, and powerful SUVs. Listed as some of the best cars in the country, Hyundai has some impressive models under their belt.
The i20, Grand i10 Nios, and the all-time favourite Santro are just a few options in the hatchback segment while the Verna, Aura, and Elantra are some of the best-selling sedans. But, it is the SUV options from Hyundai that have caught the attention of the public with the likes of the Creta, Venue, and the newly launched Tucson making up for some of the most-sold SUVs in the country. The future looks just as bright for Hyundai with models like the Palisade, Alcazar, Nexo, Iconiq, and Santa Fe all set to make their way to the country in the coming years.
Arguably one of the biggest and oldest companies in India goes by the name of Tata. Originally founded in 1868, the Tata name has been a part of Indian history for over 150 years. Tata has affiliates in almost every sector including communications, consumer products, power, steel, air-conditioning, hotels, airlines, and they even managed to fit Starbucks into their very impressive list. However, we are here to look at the Tata Motors side of things which started back in 1945 and currently holds 8.82 percent of the market share in the country. With so much history behind them, it comes as no surprise that Tata is one of the best-selling car manufacturers in India, and since revamping their lineup, buyers have been paying a lot of attention to the vehicles that roll out every year.
While Tata might not be the most affordable car manufacturer in the country, they are certainly one of the safest. With models such as Altroz, Harrier, Nexon, Tiago, Safari, and Tigor in their current lineup, there is a lot on offer from the brand. But Tata isn’t stopping there. They have some exciting EV’s ready to be released this year including the Altroz EV, Tiago EV, and Sierra. If durability and safety features are what you’re looking for in a car, Tata is definitely the name you should trust.
South Korea and automobile manufacturers are a perfect match. It seems like whatever they put their hands to, turns into something great. KIA is just one of the many brands that come to mind and even though the company was founded in 1944, it entered the Indian market only in 2019. However, KIA hit the ground running with one of the most competitive SUVs in India – the Seltos. Although KIA currently has 5.41 percent of the market share in the country, there is no doubt that that number is going to rise in a few years.
As of writing this, KIA has just three models available in India – Seltos, Sonet, and Carnival, but they are all extremely impressive in terms of features, technology, and pricing. It looks like KIA was just testing the waters in India though because, in the coming years, the South Korean giant is planning on launching quite a few new cars. Some of the expected models include the Xceed, Sorento, Rio, Picanto, Stinger, Sportage, Soul, and Ceed. If what is rumoured turns out to be true, we could see a major change in the Indian automobile market.
This is a name that you can never leave out when it comes to automobiles in India. Mahindra & Mahindra was founded in 1945 and is one of the top 20 companies in the country. When you think of a Mahindra vehicle, the first thing that comes to mind is durable, rugged, and spacious, and that is exactly what you get from every single car that Mahindra manufactures. Unfortunately, not everyone is looking for a vehicle that can take on all types of terrain, and this is why their market share is at about 4.99 percent. Nevertheless, Mahindra keeps doing what they know best and that is to produce some of the most powerful vehicles in the country.
We are all familiar with the might of the Scorpio – the best-selling SUV from the brand, but Mahindra has added a few other models into their portfolio. The Thar is an exciting off-road vehicle that is capable of taking on practically any road you can throw at it. The XUV300 and the XUV500 are like high-end versions of the Scorpio while the ever-reliable Bolero delivers on everything it promises – and so much more. The Marazzo is a new entry in the 7-seater segment and the Alturas G4 is considered as the luxury SUV from the company. Mahindra, like most of the manufacturers mentioned here, is also looking to the future and is preparing to launch a bunch of EVs and other SUVs into the market in the near future. The XUV300 Electric and the eKUV100 will compete with some of the upcoming EVs while the XUV300 Turbo Sportz, the TUC 300 Plus, and the XUV700 are all exciting prospects of what we can expect in the future.
There you have it, 5 of the best car manufacturers in India in 2021 – and some of their best-selling vehicles as well. If you are looking to get a new car or if you’re interested in what the Indian automobile market is going to look like in 3-5 years, give any of these above-mentioned brands a chance and they will surely impress you.