The second month of the year 2016 didn’t prove to be a merciful one over the Indian automotive segment. Almost every carmaker felt the slowdown and expect the figures to keep going down in coming months. However, Maruti Suzuki India is still holding tight to its crowning position with a grip on top four places in the top ten car list. But in terms of individual figures, the company registered a growth of just 0.2 percent. Out of the top four cars, three saw a slight downfall in the figures. It was only its entry level sedan Dzire that stayed over its place by wooing more buyers on yearly basis and registering a final trade figure of 17, 140 units.
The queen of entry level, Alto achieved two big milestones this month. Apart from maintaining its position as highest selling hatchback car it came closer to its 3 million sales figures. Just two days back, it achieved the title of being the only Indian car to have sold 3 million units. On a yearly basis, it witnessed a fall of 17 percent and traded 21, 286 units in total. The other two in top charts were Wagon-R and Swift with a total of 14, 209 and 15, 475 units, respectively. There were two other Maruti kids that showed some noteworthy progress this month, Ciaz and Baleno. While Baleno continues to woo more and more buyers with eighth position in top ten, Ciaz made a huge come back with 5, 162 units.
Apart from Maruti, it is again Hyundai that kept going over its second position and kept the fifth, sixth, and ninth positions for its hi-tech cars. The best runner was the Grand i10 which has been locking horns with Ford Figo and Maruti Swift for quite some time. While Grand i10 showed a considerable growth of 2 percent, it was closely followed by its other sibling Grand i20 in the race. Au contraire, the later registered a sharp fall of 18 percent on an annual basis. But the biggest blow in this countdown was taken by Hyundai Eon. It came down by 23 percent on an annual basis with 5, 539 units as opposed to 7, 200 units last year.
But the showstopper for last month car segment was Renault Kwid. This one reminds us of its elder sibling Duster which acquired top positions in the sales charts just a few years back. This one headed the growth rail with a rate of 158 per cent in the slow market of last month. Renault registered a total growth of 7, 544 units in February. Below given is a summary of sales figures from last month: