Since the Indian automotive industry has been going through a lean period over the last nine months, most carmakers are experiencing what can be called a lackluster demand for nearly all of their models. Despite the dropping sales, however, the country’s top ten best-selling cars have still managed to put on a decent show. Here are some best sellers who still managed to put on the 2019 sales charts to a decent show.
Maruti Wagon R:
In addition to continuing the legacy of the previous generations, the third-gen Maruti Wagon R has managed to gain far greater popularity than both of the previous models. The tallboy became the top-selling vehicle, with a total sale of 15,062 units in July 2019. The updated Wagon R demonstrated major performance enhancement in July. This latest iteration of tall-boys has grown in almost every proportion since it is now built on a whole new platform. In its 1.2-liter petrol engine variant, the Wagon R also received a BS6 upgrade.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The famous Maruti Suzuki model took second place. The third-gen Dzire registered 12,923 units, which represents a significant drop from the 25,647 units sold last year in the same month. Today, the Dzire is also enjoying the reputation of becoming India’s biggest-selling sedan.
In fact, the Dzire was the No 1 passenger vehicle with 24,465 units a year ago, indicating the massive consumer feeling slide. While the Dzire was a trendsetter in the compact sedan area, the new second-gen Amaze from Honda is wooing buyers to their hand. Despite dealer stocks plentiful, in some cities, the Dzire runs beautiful discounts.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift ranks third on the list with 12,677 unit dispatches. Maruti recently introduced Swift’s BS6 version, albeit in petrol guise only. As with the Baleno, Swift’s 1.2-liter, four-cylinder K12B engine has been upgraded to meet the tighter emission requirements. The 1.2-liter petrol engine also produces the same torque of 83hp and 113Nm but has a slightly lower fuel-efficiency figure of 21.2kpl. The 1.3-liter diesel engine DDiS190 has not been upgraded to BS6 and is ready to be phased out. Moreover, Swift now also offers more safety features as usual. To meet AIS-145 safety standards, all variants now receive as standard a co-driver seat-belt reminder, a speed-alert system, and rear parking sensors. Previously, only dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and a driver’s side seatbelt reminder were standard, and rear parking sensors were available only with the ZXi and ZDi top-spec models.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
The entry-level hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Alto with 11,577 units, is in fourth place, slightly less than the 18,733 units in June and 18,070 units it received in May 2018. The Alto was recently updated in the wake of the upcoming standards in October with a host of safety features, and was also introduced with a BS6-compliant engine – a full 11 months ahead of the April 2020 deadline.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno with overall sales of 10,482 units in the month of July 2019 is at No 5 position. The Baleno was the first to receive a BS6 update in the Maruti stable earlier in April(2019), while a new 1.2-liter DualJet K12C petrol engine equipped with mild-hybrid technology was also available.