Maruti Suzuki Nexa sells over 1.4 million cars in 6 years

    Published On Jul 23, 2021 06:07:00 PM

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    The highest selling car from the Nexa chain of dealerships is the Baleno hatchback, with 9,48,057 units sold.

    Maruti Suzuki’s premium retail network, Nexa, has completed six years of operation today. On July 23, 2015, the company kicked off its new premium retail strategy while preparing for the official launch of its first Nexa model – the S-Cross – on August 5, 2015. Since then, the carmaker has launched four other models via Nexa – the Baleno, Ignis, Ciaz and XL6.

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa: an overview

    Nexa operates separately from the regular Maruti Arena channel, which retails the other nine models (Alto, S-Presso, Celerio, Wagon R, Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, Eeco). For Maruti Suzuki, Nexa was a strategic move to target a new segment of customers with changing preferences. Speaking at the launch of the Nexa sales channel, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, had said,: “The Indian market and society is rapidly changing and new segments of customers are emerging. We have to take new initiatives to meet diversifying expectations from our customers. The mission of Nexa is to offer innovative value and direction so that we can adequately respond to the new segments of Indian customers and offer them the experience which they value.”

    Six years later, it can be seen that the differentiating sales strategy has paid off handsomely, what with the company notching sales of over 1.45 million units – 14,59,368 units – with nearly 50 percent of these cars bought by under 35-year-old customers. What’s more, Nexa has a very high percentage of first-time buyers – 1 million in six years as nearly 70 percent of its total sales or 10,21,557 units.

    One can say Nexa ushered in a new car showroom dynamic in India. It had a monochrome black-and- white theme with the entire lighting spotlighting the car. High levels of hospitality and pampering of the customer with specially designed cubicles and separate seating areas earmarked to ensure his/her privacy was quite a differentiator from regular retail outlets at the time. What’s more, back in 2015, Nexa provided a digital experience with iPads and a paperless environment – things which are de rigueur now. In January 2020, Nexa launched its augmented reality showroom, which enables customers to explore Nexa cars in a digitalised format.

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa: sales breakdown

    From 40 outlets at the time of the S-Cross’ launch, Nexa now has over 380 showrooms in 234 cities across the country. This has ensured ample reach in the farthest regions of India – in fact, rural India is warming up to Nexa. Maruti Suzuki, which recently notched the milestone of 5 million sales from rural India, sees strong demand from town and country for the Baleno – its best-selling Nexa model.

    As per our sister publication Autocar Professional’s passenger vehicle sales analytics, Maruti Suzuki has clocked total sales of 1,4,59,368 units from the Nexa channel. Of the five models sold, the popular Baleno is the best-seller and, with 9,48,057 units, accounts for 65 percent of total sales. At No. 2 is the Ignis (1,61,356 units), followed by the S-Cross (1,47,163), the Ciaz sedan (1,46,710) and the XL6 (56,082).

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa cars sales
    ModelSales beganUnits sold
    S-crossJuly 20151,47,163
    BalenoOctober 20159,48,057
    IgnisJanuary 20171,61,356
    CiazApril 20171,46,710
    XL6August 201956,082
    Total14,59,368

    Commenting on the sixth anniversary of Nexa, Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “Nexa marks the first initiative by an automobile company to go beyond selling cars and create new formats of car buying experiences. It is our constant endeavour to keep reinventing to deliver the Nexa experience to ever-evolving customers in the field of automobile and lifestyle. With over 380 showrooms across country, Nexa has helped us attract a new set of customers who were earlier not considering a Maruti Suzuki vehicle. The milestone of six years and 1.4 million customers is a testimony of the trust that our customers have shown us, over the years.”

    Maruti Suzuki: upcoming launches

    Maruti Suzuki’s next big launch is the next-gen Celerio, which will be revealed in the coming months. Following the Celerio, the carmaker is also looking to introduce the 5-door Jimny in India. Furthermore, there are talks of an all-new premium hatchback and SUV from the brand which will be unveiled sometime in the future.

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