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Cars In Demand: Maruti Suzuki Alto, Renault Kwid Top Segment Sales In December 2018

Published On Jan 11, 2019 07:59 AM By Sonny

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The demand for the redi-GO continues to decline while Hyundai failed to retail even one unit of the Eon!

  • The Maruti Suzuki Alto currently has 78.33 per cent of the market share in its segment.

  • Renault Kwid, at a distant second position, also saw a slight increase in MoM demand, but its popularity has dropped compared to Dec 2017.

  • Hyundai sold zero units of the Eon in December; future of the model might be uncertain.

The entry-level hatchback space saw a significant increase (26.42 per cent) in demand and sales over December after a decline the month before. The segment continues to be dominated by the Maruti Suzuki Alto which accounted for over 78 per cent of all entry-level hatchback sales in December. At the same time, it appears that the Hyundai Eon has no demand or perhaps no supply as not even a single unit was sold in December. However, there’s no official statement from Hyundai about discontinuing the Eon yet. As a result, the Alto is now only rivalled by the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO.

Maruti Alto 800 Road Test Images

Here’s how each car in the entry-level hatchback segment performed on the sales chart in December:

 

December 2018

November 2018

MoM Growth(%)

Market share current(%)

Market share (% last year)

YoY mkt share (%)

Average sales (6 months)

Maruti Suzuki Alto

25121

18643

34.74

78.33

58.58

19.75

22212

Renault Kwid

5832

5419

7.62

18.18

20.02

-1.84

5562

Datsun redi-GO

1114

1302

-14.43

3.47

5.05

-1.58

1420

Hyundai Eon

0

1

-100

0

16.33

-16.33

2163

Total

32067

25365

26.42

       

Takeaways

  • Resurgence of Alto: While the Maruti Alto’s dominance in its segment was never under threat from its rivals, it did see a significant decline in November sales. But in December, with 25,121 units sold, the Alto registered a month-on-month growth of 34.74 per cent.

  • Kwid on the rebound: After the decline in demand and sales in November, the Kwid has seen a 7.62 per cent month-on-month growth in December. Renault sold 5,832 units of the Kwid, making it the second most popular car in its segment, albeit by a significant margin.

  • Datsun’s slump continues: For a third month straight, the Datsun redi-GO has seen a decline in sales in December with just 1,114 units sold. That is a 14.43 per cent decline in month-on-month growth. The sales are lower than redi-GO’s average sales in the last 6 months.

  • End of Eon? While Hyundai had announced that it will not be discontinuing its entry-level model in India, it didn’t sell a single unit of the Eon in December. There is no official statement from Hyundai regarding their future plans for the entry-level hatchback.

Hyundai EON Road Test Images

Overall, the segment has seen a month-on-month growth of 26.42 per cent, thanks mainly to the increase in demand and sales of the Maruti Suzuki Alto. Are you considering one of these vehicles as a first car? Or would you stretch the budget for a model from a segment above? Which of the current or upcoming models have you shortlisted? Let us and fellow readers know in the comments section below.

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irfan mohammad
Jan 11, 2019 8:27:15 AM

Kwid is above all!

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cardekho
Jan 12, 2019 6:52:35 AM

Certainly, Kwid is currently at the second position in the market as of now. With its month to month growth in selling, we can expect that soon Kwid can be on top charts under the entry-level hatchback cars.

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