There’s plenty of action underway in the hottest vehicle segment in India, one which is seeing a flurry of new product launches, stiff competition and plenty of tech-driven creature comforts, all with a view to draw the value-conscious buyer. Here’s a quick look at the Top 5 SUVs and MPVs in July and also the Top 10 utility vehicles (UVs) in the first four months of FY2022 (April-July 2021).
1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: 13,434 units
Maruti Suzuki’s popular people-mover, the Ertiga MPV has notched a new monthly high in FY2022 with total sales of 13,434 units. In terms of fuel split, the Ertiga sold 5,765 CNG variants and 7,669 petrol which makes for a 43:57 CNG/petrol split.
For the first four months of FY2022 (April-July 2021), total Ertiga sales are 34,692 units, comprising 13,218 CNG and 21,474 petrol units, which makes for a 38:62 fuel-wise split. Maruti Suzuki is seeing growing demand for its CNG models, particularly in view of the steep and rising price of petrol, and the Ertiga is one of its models benefiting from this trend.
2. Hyundai Creta: 13,000 units
Unseated for the month from the UV throne, the Hyundai Creta sold all of 13,000 units, comprising 6,956 petrol and 6,044 diesel variants, constituting a fuel-wise split of 53:47. For the first four months of FY2022, a total of 42,431 Cretas have been sold, 21,388 petrol and 21,543 diesel which makes for a balanced 50.33:50.77 percent split.
The Korean carmaker’s strategy to remain bullish on diesel is paying off. The Creta is offered with 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine options. Clearly, the new BS6 - compliant diesel motor is keeping pace with the other two when it comes to market pull.
3. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: 12,676 units
The Vitara Brezza - Maruti Suzuki’s compact SUV, sold as a petrol only model, continues to post strong numbers. In July 2021, it went home to 408 buyers on each day of the month or a total of 12,676 units. For the April-July 2021 period, it has clocked total sales of 39,377 units.
4. Hyundai Venue: 8,185 units
With 8,175 units to its credit in July, the Hyundai Venue takes fourth position in the Top 5 UVs chart. This sale comprises of 2,476 diesel variants and 5,709 petrol, which makes for a 30:70 split in favour of petrol.
Between April-July 2021, a total of 29,135 Venues were sold in India, comprising 6,089 diesel and 23,046 petrol variants – or an overwhelming 21:79 split in favour of petrol power.
5. Kia Sonet: 7,675 units
Kia India’s Sonet compact SUV wraps up the Top 5 UV list with 7,675 units – its best performance in the fiscal to date. The Sonet is maintaining the sales consistency it has shown in the first four months of FY2022 – 7,724 units in April, 6,627 units in May and 5,963 units in June.
Over four months it has sold a cumulative 27,989 units comprising 10,417 diesel and 17,572 petrol units. This is a 37:63 fuel-wise model split in favour of petrol.
|Top 5 SUV, MPV sales - July 2021|
|Maruti Suzuki Ertiga||13,434|
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||12.676|
Hyundai Creta leads the Top 10 in April-July 2021
The new Creta, which was India’s best-selling SUV in FY2021 with total sale of 1,20,035 units, is currently maintaining its lead in terms of cumulative sales for the first four months of FY2022. At 42,931 units, it is 3,554 units ahead of the hard-charging Maruti Vitara Brezza and 8,239 units ahead of the Maruti Ertiga (see sales table below). Interestingly, Mahindra & Mahindra has three of its models in the Top 10 UV chart.
|Top 10 SUVs, MPV: April - July 2021|
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||39,377|
|Maruti Suzuki Ertiga||34,692|
|Tata Nexon (estimated)||31,697|
The near-term as well as long-term future looks good for the UV segment, which is firing on all cylinders. In July, with 1,24,057 units, UVs contributed 47 percent to overall car sales of 2,64,442 units in India and registered a significant 74 percent year-on-year (YoY) uptick (July 2020: 71,384). A good indicator is the month-on-month increase and July numbers were a good 23 percent growth on June 2021’s 1,00,760 units.
What’s more? With a number of new SUVs being launched in the past month and the likes of the Mahindra XUV700 and Volkswagen Taigun ready to come along the way, this is one vehicle segment which will continue to keep carmakers and dealers smiling.