Sales figures always reflect a comparative figure about a company’s future and the automobile industry is no alien to this. Infact many of the companies gloat and inflate their sales figures to show that they are in the pink of health. Well, we have the actual figures from the show rooms. The top grosser no doubt was the Maruti Suzuki Alto and its K10 variant. It led the sales chart topping out at 32,612. The festive season added to the flair with the Maruti Suzuki Alto’s low pricing. The second one down the line is another stable mate Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. It seems that the K10 engine is making waves within the Maruti stable.
The third top grosser is Maruti’s closest rival, Hyundai Motors India Limited’s Hyundai I10 with 15,103 units. Launch of the newer variants and also engine change resulted in the high sales of the car. The resulting changes have made the car more fuel efficient and good to ride. Following it is a Maruti Suzuki, the Maruti Suzuki Swift. India’s favorite car since the last 5 years is due for a refresh soon and this explains the somewhat not so good sales figures. The 2011 Swift has been shown around various Motor Shows around the world and this would have the same engine configurations as the current ones doing duty in India. Tata Motors finished 5th with their Tata Indica range. This includes the newly launched Tata Indica Vista and also the older variants from the “BPO” range. The figures stood at 9,732. Tata Motors bread and butter model, the Tata Nano, surprisingly didn’t make it to the top inspite of the company’s new ad campaign and also assurance by the company in the form of installing new safety starter, catalytic converter as also a 4 years/60,000 kms warranty. However they were better than last months figures of 510. The new figures crossed the 5,000 mark. Adding to the dismay is the increase in the price of the Tata Nano by Rs.9,000. Next to come is the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. It has been another favorite car from India’s largest manufacturer. It has been almost consistent on the sales chart’s top 10 since the time it was launched.
Maruti’s oldest work horse, the Maruti Omni has also been going back and forth in the sales chart. It just gets new graphics and the stuff. Rumor has it that it would also go the K10 way and this means a much more efficient engine with significant lugging power. It by the way notched up 8,564 unit sales for the company. Hyundai’s bread and butter model, the Hyundai Santro also gave it a tough fight with 8420 units. The Hyundai Santro would shortly receive a diesel engine which would also find its way under the hood of the new Hyundai I10. Another of Tata’s successful iteration from the Tata Indica, the Tata Indigo also ranked in 9th at the sales charts. It brought in numbers to the tune of 8,292 for its manufacturers. This includes the Tata Indigo XL, Tata Indigo regular sedan and also the Tata Indigo E-cs. In total, the entire Indica and Indigo range brought in 18,000 sales. Surprising but befittingly, the Mahindra Bolero also made its way into the sales chart by raking in 7987 units. Befittingly because it has completed a decade of its existence in the Indian market. Other models which barely missed the boat were the Ford Figo at 7,243 and the Hyundai I20 at 7,624 units. Speaking of the Hyundai I20, the company has so far sold 2,50,000 units since its December 2008 debut. This includes the exports which have been made from India.