India has seen a dip in car sales over some time now. Manufacturers, in spite of launching new vehicles and even not hiking prices for the existing ones, did little to help sales grow.
Car sales was expected to grow in double digits this year, but managed to grow a mere 5 percent till date. Looking at the industry struggling, even the government tried to help by cutting down excise duty levied on cars.
Initially intended to be valid till June, the government extended the cut on excise duty till December this year. Now, being December, car manufacturers are still worried about the growth.
After giving numerous discounts and keeping prices stable, they have now resorted to increase prices because input costs have gone high and their profits taking a higher dent.
In spite of sales being slow, some manufacturers did manage to register growth. Let's take a look at top 10 cars that sold the most in November 2014, compared to October 2014.
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10. Maruti Suzuki Celerio:
At number 10 is the Celerio by India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki. The Celerio was the first car from Maruti to have an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). In October, the Celerio was at the ninth spot, selling 5,723 units, now tenth, having sold only 4,926 units.
9. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz:
The latest offering from Maruti Suzuki, the Ciaz was in the eighth spot in October, selling 6,345 units. It is barely hanging on in the ninth spot in November, selling only 5,232 units. Sales has dropped considerably compared to the previous month.
8. Hyundai Eon:
Number eight is the stylish mini hatch by Hyundai, the Eon. The Eon is offered with three engine variants and two fuel options, petrol and LPG. The South Korean brand car sold 6,986 units in October, sitting at the seventh spot, but has managed to drop one spot lower in November, selling 6,626 units.
7. Honda City:
At number seven is a car from the Japanese firm, Honda. The car has been around for a long time and has managed to sell well, in fact. Honda was the last carmaker to introduce diesel variants of its cars and the diesel engine in the Honda City proved to be good.
The Honda City was struggling at the 10th spot in October, selling only 5,120 units and climbed back up the ladder in November, selling 7,252 units. This is the one of the few on our list that has seen a growth in sales, while the others have only dropped.
6. Hyundai Grand i10:
At number six is another car by the South Korean carmaker, Hyundai. The Hyundai Grand i10 has managed to take the same spot in 6th, in October and November. The only drawback though, sales has dropped. Hyundai sold 8,400 units in October and 8,396 cars, four cars less in November.
5. Hyundai Elite i20:
At number five is a car that won the Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) Award. The stunningly good looking Hyundai Elite i20 remained at the fifth spot in October as well as November. Sales numbers on the other hand has increased. Hyundai sold 8,895 units in October and 10,552 units in November.
4. Maruti Suzuki Dzire:
At number four is the compact sedan from Maruti Suzuki, the Dzire. The car some feel looks good and the others feel the opposite, was in the second spot in October, selling 16,542 units and has now managed to slide down two positions to the fourth spot, selling only 12,020 units.
3. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R:
Moving to the top three now. The Wagon R has managed to be in the top 5 spot for a long time now. The tall boy hatch back was in the third position in October and in November as well. The car managed to sell 14,310 units and 13,545 respectively, which is a drop in sales numbers.
2. Maruti Suzuki Swift:
At number two is the very popular Maruti Suzuki Swift. The car was in the fourth spot in October, selling 11,965 units and has sold well since, making it to the second spot, selling 17,900 units, in spite of failing basic safety standards tests conducted by Global NCAP.
1. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800:
At number one is a vehicle that has held its position strong for a long time. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, lost its position once, that too only to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Sales has steadily been on the rise, with 21,443 units sold in October and 24,201 units in November.