January 2018 PV sales in India

Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Maruti Suzuki’s passenger vehicle sales in January 2018 stood at 1,39,189 units which is 4.1% increase when compared to January 2017 sales. Though the overall sales grew by around 4% , segment wise sales tell a different story. Maruti categorized its cars into six categories, namely Mini, Compact, Super Compact, Mid-Size, Utility Vehicles, & Vans. The segments that were hit the most are Mid-Size, Vans, & Mini respectively.

Mid-Size segment comprising Ciaz declined by 22.5% and this can be due to competition from the newly released Hyundai Verna. Vans segment comprises of Omni, and Eeco , their combined sales declined by 13.6% from 14,179 units in 2017 January to 12,250 units in this January.  The other segment which moved southwards is Mini segment which comprises of Alto and WagonR, combined sales of both the models declined by 12.2% from 37,928 units to 33,316 units. UV segment which comprises of Gypsy, S-Cross, Ertiga, & Vitara Brezza grew by 26.8% from 16,313 units to 20,693 units. The segment is bound to grow further and the major growth driver for Maruti in this segment is Vitara Brezza. With introduction of petrol variant of Vitara Brezza on cards, its sales will grow further. Looks like facelift didn’t help Maruti boost S-Cross sales as expected.

The compact segment which comprises of Ignis, Swift, Celerio, Dzire, Tour S, & Baleno is the major contributor to Maruti’s sales. The segment grew by 21.6% from 55,817 units from 67,868 units. Sales figures of individual models are not out yet for further analysis.

Hyundai Motor India Limited

Hyundai Motor India limited (HMIL) is India’s second largest passenger vehicle maker behind MSIL, its sales this January stood at 45,508 units which is 8.3% increase over January 2017. The major contributors to its sales were Elite i20, Grand i10, & Creta. And other  model recently adding to the sales is Verna, though it is not known if it will continue to sell well or decline after the initial hype.

Commenting on the sales performance, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Director – Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said “ 2018 has started on a positive and promises progressive growth for the industry, with Hyundai volume growth of 8.3% on strong performance of Grand i10, Elite i20, Creta & Next Gen Verna meeting customer aspirations on improved buying potential, led by stable micro economic factors.”

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Though at times third place in sales is occupied by either Honda or Tata most of the times it is Mahindra which stands at third place. This January its sales of passenger vehicles stood at 23,686 units which is 17% increase over January 2017 sales of 20,169 units.

Commenting on the monthly performance, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. said, “We are happy to have begun the calendar year with an overall healthy growth of 32%(including passenger & commercial vehicles, and domestic & export). We have seen a good growth across our portfolio of products both Personal & Commercial. The growth in the MHCV segment lends credence to the positive momentum in the economy, which can be seen even in the growth numbers of our SCV portfolio. We believe this momentum will continue in our Q4FY2018 numbers. The upcoming Auto Expo will allow Mahindra to display a slew of exciting products and mobility solutions in keeping with automotive trends such as Shared Mobility and Last Mile Connectivity”.

Tata Motors Limited

Tata Motors clocked domestic PV sales of 20,055 units (January 2017: 12,907), surging ahead at a significant 55% growth rate. What boosted the company’s sales is the good demand for the recently introduced Nexon compact crossover, launched in September 2017, which has emerged in the voluminous sub-10 lakh rupee UV price segment. Driven primarily by the Nexon, Tata’s UV sales grew by a tremendous 188% , and the sales of its passenger cars, driven by the Tiago hatchback, registered a 27% growth in the month.

With an aim to become a permanent placeholder in the Top 3 players in the country, the homegrown manufacturer is all set to showcase its new range of products – one in the premium hatchback category, codenamed the X451, a new sedan, and a new full-size SUV based on the Land Rover Discovery, as well. The new products target to broaden Tata’s footprint across various vehicle segments in the market in the near future.

According to Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, “We are happy to report that our strong sales performance continues in January 2018 and we have started 2018 with determination. This month, we have grown by 55% over last January, on the back of good demand for our new generation products – Tiago, Tigor, Nexon and Hexa.  While Tiago continues to lead the growth in cars at 27%, the Nexon and HEXA have attracted new set of SUV buyers, resulting in 188% growth in UVs. We continue to be optimistic and hope this growth momentum continues.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd

Toyota Kirloskar Motor recorded robust sales growth in January 2018, selling 12,351 units which marks 19% year-on-year growth (January 2016: 10,336). The company also exported 888 units of the Etios series last month, thus clocking a total of 13,239 units.

Commenting on the sales performance, N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “It is a delight to usher in the new year with double-digit growth. We are happy to have sustained the positive growth momentum post GST.  The customer demand has consistently been strong and we have catered to the growing customer demand.”

The success story of Innova Crysta and Fortuner sales growth continues to the new year. Customers continue to highly appreciate both the products and we are pushing our production capacity to fulfill the strong demand in the market. The Corolla retains its position as the segment leader with overwhelming performance in the month of January.”

“We are looking forward to the upcoming Auto Expo 2018 to showcase our premium new launch, facelifts and concepts with a show-stopping reveal and many more distinctive displays under the thematic banner of ‘Driven by a Better Future’,” he added.

“We hope the Union Budget 2018 brings in more growth-oriented measures to promote growth of the auto industry. The government should aim at a more long-term policy so as to lower the effect of Budget tinkering and bring long-term stability.  Considering the critical issue of environment pollution, we hope the government relaxes the tax rate in favour of clean and green technologies such as strong hybrids similar to the pre-GST era”.

With the Auto Expo getting started next week, the entire industry and the customers are excited and anxious about the slew of new products and technologies, which would be unveiled at the extravaganza. The product showcase and some new launches planned at the expo can certainly be expected to make some noise and drive people decisions in the months to follow. Stay tuned for more action in this space.

Honda Cars India Limited

Honda Cars India has sold 14,838 units in January 2018, down 5% (January 2017: 15,592). Between April 2017 to January 2018, the company has sold 144,802 units, up 17% against 124,114 units in the corresponding period last year.

In January 2018, the WR-V led the charge with 4,273, followed by the City (3,968), Amaze (2,836), Jazz (2,257), BR-V (1,071), Brio (422) and CR-V (11).

Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO, Honda Cars India, said, “HCIL has witnessed strong growth of 17% in the ongoing fiscal year and we expect the market to further pick up after the anticipations regarding Union Budget are stabilized. HCIL will showcase our strong line-up for the next fiscal at the upcoming Auto Expo which will further strengthen our position in the Indian market.”

“With a major push given to the rural economy and significant investment in the infrastructure development under the Union Budget 2018, the outlook for automotive sector looks optimistic. This should further boost the sales volume marking a fruitful year for the manufacturers.”

Source: Autocar Professional

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Tata Motors January 2017 sales snapshot

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors’ Passenger vehicle segment grew by 21%, due to continued positive response for the Tata Tiago.
  • In M&HCVs, construction vehicles continued to grow at 26.5%
  • The IM&HCV Bus segment witnessed a growth of 12%, driven particularly by Government/STU, intercity, staff application segments

Tata Motors passenger and commercial vehicle total sales (including exports) in January 2017 were at 46,349 vehicles, a decline of 1% over 47,035 vehicles sold in January 2016. The company’s domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for January 2017 registered flat growth at 41,428 nos., over January 2016. Cumulative sales (including exports) of the company for the fiscal was at 4,37,842 nos., higher by 6% over 4,11,974 vehicles, sold last year.

Domestic – Passenger Vehicles

In January 2017, Tata Motors passenger vehicles, in the domestic market, recorded sales at 12,907 nos., with a growth of 21%, over January 2016, due to continued strong demand for the Tata Tiago. The company has also received an encouraging response to its recently launched lifestyle UV, Tata Hexa.

Cumulative sales growth of all passenger vehicles in the domestic market for the fiscal were at 1,25,446 nos., a growth of 18%, compared to 1,06,650 nos., in the last fiscal.

Domestic – Commercial Vehicles

The overall commercial vehicles sales in January 2017, in the domestic market were at 28,521 nos., lower by 7% over January 2016.  The construct segment continued to grow strongly by 26.5% Y-o-Y, as road construction continues to drive demand, along with coal & iron ore mining also gaining momentum. IM&HCV Bus sales grew by 12%. The M&HCV segment is witnessing a surge in enquiry levels, after a weak Q3.

Cumulative sales of commercial vehicles in the domestic market for the fiscal was flat at 2,58,928 nos. over last year.

Exports

The company’s sales from exports was at 4,921 nos. in January 2017, a decline of 13% compared to 5,637 vehicles sold in January 2016. The cumulative sales from exports for the fiscal was at 53,468 nos., higher by 15%, over 46,537 nos., sold last year.

About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

Hexa Kicks off the Transformation Journey at Tata Motors; Hexa to Tata is lot more than just a new launch

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Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek

It epitomizes the Impact Design. Some have called it sensational; some described it as powerful and confident, while some labeled it as rugged and versatile.

Ever since the Tata Hexa was unveiled, it has invoked feelings of acclaim and disbelief because of its first-in-segment features, the ‘Impact Design’ philosophy and category-redefining techno wizardry.

For Tata Motors, Hexa is a lot more than a new launch. It’s a true reflection of the company’s legacy of creating innovative mobility solutions. It also stands for the company’s hard work, rigor and resolve to make a spirited comeback in the passenger vehicle segment.

Guenter Butschek – MD & CEO, Tata Motors, talks about the role of #TataHexa in the transformation journey of TataMotors:

With the passenger vehicle segment showing some interesting changes recently, the timing is perfect for Tata Motors to enter the UV category. Growth in passenger vehicles has been secular in the last quarter, with the hatchback segment growing at 14%, sedans declining by 13% and UVs growing by a whopping 40%! These figures indicate a clear shift in consumer preferences for lifestyle UVs. Tata Motors not only takes a leap into the UV club with its flagship SUV, Hexa, but also reinvents the category, setting new benchmarks in design, drivability and experience.

Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles, speaks about the journey of creation of the dynamic Tata Hexa:

Further, Hexa marks the beginning of Tata Motors’ transformation journey, where the company is looking to renew its focus on setting global benchmarks in technology, design and quality. The flagship SUV sets a true example of bringing the finest global technologies and best practices, and manufacturing a vehicle of international stature in India. Here’s how:

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Tata Motors global supplier partners for Tata Hexa

Hexa is also the result of the coming together of global and local Tata Motors teams to create a product that has international standards and an Indian soul.

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Tata Motors design teams at Italy, UK and India came together to create Hexa

In October 2016, key media and influencers indulged in the #HexaExperience and went back impressed and stunned with the vehicle’s on-road and off-road capabilities, the first-in-segment features, and its international standards.

Now, you too can pump up your adrenaline with this power-packed and feature-loaded vehicle at the exclusive #HexaExperience Centres in your city. The three-day extravaganza is an unforgettable and indulgent experience for you and your family offered by Tata Motors and other Tata brands. You can choose to take the Hexa for a challenging, off-roading course, or simply indulge in the luxuries of the customer lounge, or treat some exotic coffee at the specially designed cafe. What’s more, a bagful of surprises awaits your children at the kids’ zone and there’s even a pet-adoption zone for the animal lovers in your family. And of course, you also get the privilege to book the Hexa at the venue, ahead of its launch in January 2017.

You can request a test drive here.

Via: Tata Motors

Latest insider information about Tata Hexa

“Tata Hexa uses a torque converter automatic transmission unit which cannot be repaired, the only option is replacement. It weighs 90 kilos and costs 7 lakh rupees”

Tata Motors is all set to launch the Hexa SUV in India. Recent media reports have revealed that the Hexa will be launched in January 2017. But before its official launch, various details about the upcoming SUV have come to light.

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Tata Hexa at Auto Expo

We had earlier reported that the Hexa will be powered by the same VARICOR 400 diesel engine that does duty under the Safari Storme. This engine will be capable of generating 154 BHP @ 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 400 Nm @ 1,700-2,700 rpm. The Hexa will also get four driving modes – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road.

Recent insider information about the upcoming Tata SUV reveals many details about its placement and feature list. Please note that these aren’t official revelations, and thus there is scope for some changes in the final feature list.

  • Tata Hexa will come in 5 manual (XE 4×2, XM 4×2, XM 4×4, XT 4×2, XT 4×4) and 4 automatic variants (XMA 4×2, XMA 4×4, XTA 4×2, XTA 4×4)
  • All variants will have the 154 BHP power output figure
  • Entry-level XE trim will have a 5-speed transmission, while all other variants get 6-speed transmissions (manual and automatic)
  • The automatic gearbox is codenamed “G6450”; G=Gear box, 6=number of gears, and 450=maximum handling torque in Nm
  • The automatic transmission is a torque converter unit, and follows the P-R-N-D-(+)M/S(-) shift pattern. It weighs 90 kgs and costs Rs. 7 lakhs
  • If the AT is damaged, it cannot be repaired. Replacing it is the only option
  • XT and XTA variants will come with 6 airbags, while the lower XM & XE variants will have 2 airbags
  • ABS is standard across the range
  • XT trim will also get electronic stability programme (ESP)
  • Added safety equipment on offer includes EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), ROM (Roll-Over Mitigation, with ESP), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance), HHC/HDC (Hill Hold Control/Hill Descent Control) & TCS (Traction Control System)
  • Hill Hold Control (HHC) stays activated for 3 seconds, after which you need to apply the brakes/handbrake
  • XM and XT variants will get a 10-speaker (6 normal speakers and 4 tweeters) sound system
  • The instrument cluster and infotainment system on the XM and XT trim levels will support voice-activated commands
  • Instrument cluster will have different coloured zone display for fuel level – Green, Orange & Red. It will also showcase the Distance to Empty (DTE) reading
  • The Hexa will get flippy, foldable keys
  • Higher variants will get 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 1st Free Service at 3 months/5,000 kms, whichever is earlier
    2nd Free Service at 6 months/10,000 kms, whichever is earlier
    3rd Free Service at 12 months/20,000 kms, whichever is earlier
  • Subsequent paid service intervals – 12 months/20,000 kms, whichever comes earlier
  •  Tata will be offering a 3 years/1,50,000 km standard warranty for the Hexa

The Hexa will be marketed under the tagline ‘Confident Luxury’. Though pricing still isn’t finalized, speculations suggest a placement in the range of Rs. 11 lakh – Rs. 18 lakh.


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 Source: TEAM-BHP.COM

Innova Crysta’s success despite the high price spurred other automakers to bring in premium MPVs; Renault India patented for an unknown MPV

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.


Mahindra’s Innova Crysta rival spied on test near Chennai

Mahindra to challenge Innova Crysta with it’s upcoming MPV


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.

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Renault Espace. Image shown for illustrative purpose only. Image source: Wikipedia

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When going gets tough, the tough get going. We have to wait and see who among these will stand out as “the tough”. 

 

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Mahindra to challenge Innova Crysta with it’s upcoming MPV

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