The utility vehicle segment registered a good growth of 11.92 percent, selling 79,136 units out of a total of 2,98,504 PVs sold in April 2018. The UV segment was zooming past everything else at a strong 20 percent growth rate up until the end of FY2018. However, this accelerated surge witnessed a slight moderation, as it was significantly tempered by rapidly soaring fuel prices. These rising rates have now compelled buyers to look towards more fuel-efficient choices in the market so as to avoid burning a hole in their wallets.
Maruti’s Vitara Brezza continues to lead the top five UVs, selling 10,818 units (April 2017: 10,653). The car has been one of the growth drivers for the company’s UV market share, which today stands at over 26 percent. The Brezza has been running relentlessly for over two years, now and with the competition (in the form of the Tata Nexon and the updated Ford EcoSport) getting fiercer, it did feel the need to take a breather. To this end, Maruti Suzuki has just introduced the updated version of the crossover; and while it now gets a new colour option as well as safety features like dual airbags, ABS and EBD as standard across variants, the biggest surprise in its arsenal is the inclusion of an AMT, mated to its 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel motor. With the new convenience option pitched specifically to target and reel-in urban dwellers, Maruti is expecting sales to boost further with the refreshed version.
Following close at the Brezza's tailgate is the Hyundai Creta, which has been raking in good numbers for the Korean carmaker. With a sales figure of 9,390 units in April, the Creta is running strong (April 2017: 9,213) and has sold over 2,50,000 units since its launch, back in July 2015. The crossover is now set to get a refresh; and while it will be updated with a few exterior styling tweaks, Hyundai will also be enhancing the already exhaustive features on offer on the SUV.
While buyers in Tier-1 cities might be reconsidering sedans over their crossover counterparts, the demand for rugged UVs continues to remain strong in Tier-2 towns, as well as in the rural markets. Finding its mark through this slot is the Mahindra Bolero, as it continues its unfaltering journey and nabs the 3rd spot on the leaderboard. The old warhorse sold 8,527 units in the month of April and jumped two positions, year-on-year (up 34 percent) – it went home to 6,358 buyers in April 2017.
At 4th place is the Toyota Innova Crysta, which sold 7,055 units (April 2017: 6,589). The latest iteration of the comfortable and reliable people-mover took the game forward with a plusher cabin, more potent engines and the option of an automatic transmission, to boot; elegantly shedding its taxi image and being embraced by customers to serve a purpose as a big family van.
The Maruti Ertiga closes the top 5 order by securing the last spot, selling 5,689 units (albeit dropping two positions over April 2017, when its sales stood at 6,742 units). The people-mover that is the Ertiga is popular with the fleet operators and family buyers, alike. This UV offers a host of powertrain options, including a petrol motor, a diesel engine and a factory-fitted CNG kit. The next-generation Ertiga was recently showcased at the 2018 Indonesia Motor Show. It is en route and is expected to launch in India during this year's festive season.