SUV sales in October 2015, Bolero takes the top spot
Clearly the flavour of the season, SUVs are in demand not just globally but in the Indian market as well. The festive season which concluded recently witnessed tremendous demand for SUVs amid car buyers. The sales figure for the month of October for SUVs gives an insight into the buying pattern for vehicles during the festival season in India. One of the SUVs (Bolero) that lost its charm in the past three months due to weak sales made a strong return with 7754 units sold in the month of October 2015 registering a whopping 70 per cent increase in sales.
The second spot was occupied by Hyundai Creta SUV which roped in 7225 units in October, the demand for the Korean SUV is quite good, and hence it is quite possible that the SUV will continue to garner high sales in the forthcoming months too. Popularly known as India’s renowned UV maker, Mahindra had some of its other SUV models in the top selling SUVs’ list including Scorpio, TUV300, XUV500 and Thar. Scorpio stood third with a 9 per cent increase in sales at 4719 units followed by the new entrant in the compact SUV segment, TUV300 clocking 4551 unit sales. The refreshed version of the XUV500 also witnessed a 27 per cent surge in sales at 3964 units and last but not the least, Mahindra`s popular off-roader Thar witnessed a 24 percent hike in sales with 938 units sold in October 2015.
Renault’s Duster too garnered an overwhelming response from customers, the company registered a 71 per cent rise in monthly sales as compared to September, however in terms of YoY sales, the SUV’s sales dipped by 50 per cent. Ford EcoSport’s sales also rose by 9 per cent, while Nissan Terrano and Maruti’s Gypsy saw a hike in monthly sales by 68 per cent and 581 per cent respectively. Maruti sold around 862 units of the Gypsy, most of which were purchased by the government. Contrary to the popular models, Maruti’s recently launched S-Cross witnessed a 16 per cent drop in sales as compared to the previous month.
Coming to the D segment, Toyota’s Fortuner continued to rule the segment with 1230 unit sales registering a 12 percent rise last month. Mitsubishi Pajero took the next spot with a 32 per cent increase in sales at 101 units. Other models like the Hyundai Santa Fe, SsangYong Rexton and Honda CR-V managed to sell in double digits. On the other hand Renault Koleos and Skoda Yeti grappled to even clock double digit numbers. Chevrolet’s new Trailblazer managed to sell only 74 units in its first month, which is quite a shocker.