After an average but relatively slow 2012, the Indian automotive industry was expecting a better 2013. Some exciting launches at end of the 2012 also promised the same. But the slowdown isn't finished yet and it's becoming worse. We have the sales records of first two quarters in our hands and by looking at these we are not getting any good feeling. Despite some big launches like Ford EcoSport and Honda Amaze, nothing big had happened in this year so far - even big discounts failed to lure buyers.
However, there are some cars that have been generating good volumes and they are what we are highlighting here. Cardekho takes a look at the top-10 best sellers of 2013:
1. Maruti Alto 800
The bread and butter car from Maruti Suzuki is on top like always. The two USPs of this people's car are- better fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership. Not just selling points, it worked as the core formula to take the sales of Maruti Alto 800 to never before touched heights. Introduced in October, 2012, the Alto 800 has set new records of sales. The volume of sales has crossed 1,37,406 in 2013 and still counting. (These are the commutative sales figures of Alto 800 and K10).
2. Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti Suzuki Swift, again a best seller from Maruti Suzuki. The premium hatchback is creating volumes since its launch in May, 2005. The latest avatar of the Suzuki Swift is doing wonders for the company. Despite of the slowdown, this premium hatchback has sold like hotcakes and MSI managed to sell a whooping 1,06,236 Swifts in 2013 till now. The Swift was at 3rd spot till May, 2013, but Dzire's low sales in June has made Swift to enjoy the second spot in the top-10 list.
3. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Most of us were expecting that the launch of Chevrolet Sail and Honda Amaze would cut down Dzire's sales. But the Swift based entry level saloon has sustained its position and still generating 10,000+ sales every month. MSI has managed to sale a total of 1,04,713 in 2013.
4. Maruti Suzuki WagonR
To all those who still wonder what the R stands for, it is Recreation. It was introduced in Japan in 1993 and is still in production by Suzuki. It is one of the first cars to use the design strategy named, “tall wagon/tall boy”, in