In the Indian auto industry, SUVs now hold a market share of more than 50% and are perhaps the flavor of the moment. Small cars, however, aren’t out of the competition yet as evident in the sales figures from the previous fiscal year.
The list of the top-selling vehicles in India from April of last year to March of this year was topped by tiny cars. Keep in mind Indian fiscal year begins in April each year. As one might anticipate, Maruti Suzuki vehicles topped the charts with the WagonR hatchback, taking the lead. During the past 12 months, the 3rd gen Wagon R saw more than 200,000 units sold in the Indian market.
Seven Maruti vehicles, four of which were small cars, were overall among the top 10 best-selling automobiles during this time. Four SUVs are also included, with two coming from Tata Motors. The top four names are all for small automobiles. The best-selling vehicles in India during the past 12 months, after the WagonR, have been the Maruti Alto, Maruti Baleno, and Maruti Swift, in that order.
In comparison to the prior financial year, Maruti sold 2.12 lac units of WagonR, registering an increase of more than 12%. Not only this, the sales of the WagonR alone exceed those of certain other automakers for the entire year. In fact, sales of Wagon R in India stand higher than the cumulative sales of all cars sold in Pakistan by PAMA (Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association) during the entire fiscal year.
Since its introduction in India in 1999, the WagonR has been among the most well-liked Maruti cars. WagonR is one of the market’s longest-lasting models, having been there for more than 20 years, along with the Alto. Faster delivery times at a time when the majority of automakers are having trouble filling orders because of supply-chain problems are one of the main factors contributing to its success. Maruti’s service network, ownership costs, and the availability of its replacement parts are a few more considerations.
The 3rd gen Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes equipped with a 1.0L and 1.2L K-series Dual Jet, Dual VVT engine as well as a 1.0L version equipped S-CNG option. The hatchback is available at starting price of INR 5.54 lac for the base variant while the top-end model costs INR 7.30 lac. The Wagon R’s CNG variant has a starting price of INR 6.44 lac. Maruti also displayed a flex-fuel version of Wagon R at this year’s Auto Expo.
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