New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno topped India’s best-selling passenger vehicle (PV) ranking in August 2021. However, the number one position follows a sharp decline in the company’s sales of WagonR models and Swift.
The compact hatchback Baleno, which is sold through automaker NEXA’s premium distribution chain, rose 6% to 15,646 units sold in August 2021, while WagonR and Swift, both sold via the ARENA network, fell by 58% and 32%.
Last month WagonR was the best-selling model, followed by Swift and Baleno took third place.
Hyundai’s best-selling Creta SUV model was at number 4 in August, although down 3% month-over-month. In July, the model was in fifth position.
In August, the long-standing shortage of semiconductors or chips hampered production schedules for most automakers. As the industry gradually emerges from the constraints of COVID and prepares for the holiday season, many OEMs have reported declining sales from July to August on a sequential basis.
MoM performance of the 10 best-selling PVs in August 2021
|Rank||OEM||Segment||Model||National sales (August 2021)||National sales (July 2021)||MoM% change
|1||Maruti Suzuki||Compact sedan||Baleno||15 646||14 729||6.23|
|2||Maruti Suzuki||Mini hatchback||Alto||13 236||12,867||2.87|
|3||Maruti Suzuki||Compact UV||Vitara Brezza||12,906||12,676||1.81|
|5||Maruti Suzuki||Compact sedan||Fast||12 483||18,434||-32.28|
|6||Maruti Suzuki||Hardtop van||Eeco||10 666||10,057||6.06|
|7||Maruti Suzuki||Compact sedan||WagonR||9 628||22 836||-57.84|
|8||Kia India||Compact UV||Seltos||8 619||6,983||23.43|
|9||Hyundai||Compact UV||Place||8 377||8 185||2.35|
|ten||Hyundai||Compact sedan||Large i10||8,023||9 379||-14.46|
* Tata Motors’ PV models are not considered as the company only shares quarterly sales data.Interestingly, the number 8 Kia India Seltos nabbed a spot on the Top 10 PV list for the first time in 2021. Hyundai’s Venue also returned to the list after a two-month gap in a row.
For August, the Top PV did not include any models from the sedan segment, reflecting the segment’s gradual decline with changing consumer choices. Maruti Suzuki’s Dzire, who was in the Top 5 for the past six months, also slipped from the list in August.
Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga minivan, which was in fourth place last month, has failed to record enough sales for the Top 10 list now. The company’s Eeco was number six in August, down from nine in July.
Hyundai’s third model in the Top 10, which is also a competitor to Maruti Suzuki Swift, was the Grand i10 hatchback in tenth position with a decrease of 14% from the previous month.