The 2015-16 financial year has been an exciting one for the India auto industry. With an exceptional number of launches in right from the entry level segment to the luxury car space, it was truly a busy year. We saw some worthy entrants like – Hyundai Creta, Renault Kwid and of course, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, which have been making their way in to the monthly list of top sellers. That said, when we took the entire fiscal into account we saw some familiar names who have managed to uphold their position in the best-selling cars list. In fact, country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India continues to lead with six of its models in the top-10 list.
As always the top spot is taken by none other than, country’s most popular hatchback – Maruti Suzuki Alto. The company sold 2,63,422 units of Alto during 2015-16 compared with 2,64,492 units in 2014-15. The next three positions also belong to the Indo-Japanese carmaker with the Swift DZire, Swift hatchback and WagonR taking the second, third and fourth place as the best-selling models. Country’s best-selling compact sedan Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire accounted for 2,34,242 units last fiscal compared to 2,10,649 units sold in 2014-15.
Maruti Swift DZire
Maruti Swift DZire
On the other hand its hatchback counterpart, Swift continued to hold on to the third spot during the fiscal despite doing bad sales at 1,95,043 units compared to the previous fiscal’s figures of 2,01,338 units. As for the company’s tall boy hatchback Wagon R, the car clocked sale of 1,69,555 units retains the fourth position. The same time in the previous fiscal, the company sold 1,61,250 units of the hatchback.
Hyundai Grand i10
Rival Hyundai Motors India on the other hand continued to be the closest competitor to Maruti by keeping its position strong at the fifth and sixth position with the Grand i10 and i20 respectively. The carmaker’s top selling hatchback Grand i10 held on to the fifth sport by accounting for 1,26,181 units. Whereas, i20 stood at the sixth position with 1,04,841 unit sales during the 2015-16 fiscal. Although, Hyundai’s entry-level hatchback, EON lost the seventh spot to another one of Maruti Suzuki’s model, the Celerio, which clocked 87,428 units during the fiscal.
Popular SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra’s top selling product Bolero continues to be the only SUV in the list taking the eight spot with total unit sales of 81,559. At the same time the ninth spot was taken by another Maruti Suzuki model – the iconic minivan Omni with 79,949 units. The fact car is in the top 10 bestselling cars list is in itself a very commendable. Honda Cars mid-sized sedan City stood at 10th slot during the fiscal with 77,548 units.