We looked at the best-selling cars in India in 2016 and then in 2017. As the Indian auto sector is set to welcome changes and updates for 2019, we take a look at all the cars that found the biggest buyers in the previous year. These are the cars that made a mark in the Indian car market. and looking at these numbers gives us an idea of the behavior of the automotive consumer in the country. So here is a detailed report of the best selling Indian cars in 2018.
1. maruti suzuki dzire – 261603 units
and right away, we have a surprise. The Dzire has dethroned the top of its long crown of being the best-selling car in India for nearly a decade. A total of 2,61,603 units of the compact sedan were sold in 2018, averaging 21,800 units per month. the third-generation dzire posted 16% year-over-year growth compared to 2017.
2. maruti suzuki alto – 2,56,661 units
In second place, for the first time in many years, is Alto, which found 2,56,661 buyers in 2018 with an average monthly sale of 21,388 units. Although its sales didn’t drop much (from 2,57,732 units in 2017), the dzire’s overwhelming sales due to the segment change was perhaps why the alto lost its top spot in 2018.
3. maruti suzuki swift – 2,23,630 units
Launched at the Auto Expo in February, the new generation Swift became Indian Car of the Year last year. witnessed an impressive 36% year-on-year growth and had average monthly sales of 18,635 units in 2018. the new swift is everything the previous model was and more. It’s a complete package and the sales figure here confirms that the Swift is indeed India’s favorite hatchback.
4. maruti suzuki baleno – 2,10,236 units
maruti increased its sales by 18% and sold 210,236 baleno units in 2018 compared to 177,209 in 2017. but last year it dropped one position and was overtaken by swift. This is because the Baleno has been on sale unchanged since its introduction in 2015. However, an updated Baleno is coming soon and we expect to see a further increase in sales of B+ segment hatchbacks in 2019.
5. maruti suzuki vitara brezza – 1,55,466 units
2017 icoty award winner, the brezza sold an impressive 1,55,466 units last year, averaging 12,956 units per month. It received a model year update last year, including the addition of an AMT transmission. Its success story continues as the Vitara Brezza has passed the three lakh sales milestone since its launch in July 2018. Maruti has also increased production of the Mini SUV to meet its growing demands.
6. maruti suzuki wagon r – 1,52,020 units
Dropping down to sixth place for the first time in many years, the r wagon managed to find 152,020 homes in 2018 with average monthly sales of 12,668 units. The R Wagon has been the workhorse for the Indian market and is now a household name in the country. So now the next-generation Wagon R, arriving later this month, has some big shoes to fill.
7. hyundai elite i20 – 1,41,104 units
The best-selling hyundai on the list is the elite i20, which also received a complete refresh at the 2018 auto expo. Selling at an average of 11,758 each month, the elite i20 outsold the grand i10 and it’s a testament of “segment switching” among Indian car buyers.
8. hyundai grand i10 – 1,34,249 units
Eighth on the list is Hyundai’s B-segment hatchback, which sold 1,34,249 units in 2018. With an average of around 11,187 units each month, sales of the Korean hatchback were down 13% . this is mainly because the last major update for the grand i10 was in February 2017 and the hatchback is about to enter a new generation later this year.
9. hyundai creta – 1,20,905 units
The third Hyundai and the second of only two crossovers on the list is the Creta. the creta sold 1,20,905 units last year (up 14 percent). the Korean crossover defined the segment upon its arrival and is now a benchmark vehicle for other automakers. The Creta averaged a remarkable 10,075 unit sales each month, especially after the model year refresh in May. That’s pretty impressive for an SUV in the Rs 10-15 lakh price range.
10. maruti suzuki celerio – 100957 units
Finishing tenth on the list is another Maruti which narrowly crosses the one lakh mark in the calendar year for the second time in a row. the celerio sold 1,00,957 units (only 1,00,860 more in 2017) with an average of 8,413 units. There’s now a new competitor on the market for Celery in the form of the new Santro, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that match plays out.
honorable mentions –
maruti suzuki omni: The 35-year-old station wagon never amassed less than 6,155 sales for the full year and grew 2.3 percent year-over-year. The Omni still sells at an average of 7,188 units each month and in 2018 alone it sold around 86,257, outselling cars like the Innova Crysta, Bolero, Nexon and even the Kwid.
Honda Amaze: The new generation Amaze was a surprise reveal at the 2018 auto show. And once it went on sale in May, the compact sedan averaged an impressive 7,884 through December. it sold a total of 67,563 in December, more than the kwid and nexon.
maruti suzuki continues to dominate the Indian car market with seven of its cars making the top 10 list. plus, quite a few of the vehicles in their lineup also make the top six list. Maruti’s hatchbacks are an unprecedented choice for car buyers, but they are now being challenged by the compact sedan, the Dzire, which became the best-selling car of 2018, as we predicted in the last report. The segment change is evident as the Elite i20 outsold the Grand i10 and the Creta outsold the Celerio and Kwid once again.