So far Innova remained undisputed leader of MPV segment. Renault’s Lodgy with its mediocre sales failed to impress the MPV buyers of India and it gave no competition to Innova.
India’s homegrown automakers Tata and Mahindra are working on to bring premium MPVs to challenge Toyota. Tata is gearing up to launch its Hexa by this festive season. Whereas Mahindra’s product is still under wraps and less is known about it, except for few heavily camouflaged appearances on Chennai roads.
Once launched, offerings of both Tata and Mahindra will be positioned as top of the line products and will rival Innova Crysta.
However, the more interesting development is, according to a report by News Dog Renault India patented for a premium MPV. Less is known about what can be the possible contender for Indian launch from its global portfolio. It can be possibly 7 seater Captur or Espace.
When going gets tough, the tough get going. We have to wait and see who among these will stand out as “the tough”.
Looks like the diesel-ban affect is still haunting the luxury car players, all the luxury brands BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo and Porsche posted a decline in sales. Audi(-16.1%) and BMW(-12.0%) are top losers among the trio and the Mercedes(-4.4%) despite degrowth in sales remained top seller among all the luxury marques.
On the other hand all the non-luxury brands except for few posted growth in sales compared to their performance in the same month last year. Manufacturers who posted negative growth are Honda(-10.9%) , GM(-20.1%) and HM(-49.3%). Renault, Nissan and Tata with their new launches Kwid, redi-GO and Tiago respectively are doing quite well. Renault and Nissan saw a whopping growth of 749% and 111% respectively.
Stay tuned for detailed model wise sales statistics of each OEM.