The Indian auto industry recorded positive growth in July, thanks largely to the good monsoon prediction. The country’s largest passenger automaker, Maruti Suzuki witnessed its highest ever domestic monthly sales in July ever since its existence. Meanwhile, its primary competitor, Hyundai Cars India also registered 12.9 per cent rise in its sales last month.
Without any surprises in store, the top 10 selling passenger vehicle list (excluding UVs) is occupied by more than half a dozen Marutis. Besides Maruti Suzuki, the familiar Hyundai duo – the Elite i20 and the Grand i10 – holds their position, as usual, and the Kwid keeps the French automaker Renault afloat in this list. No other automaker makes it to this list apart from these three in the last monthThe Kwid takes the centre stage here, single-handedly bringing Renault into the top 10 list. It has continued its upward trajectory for the past few months, and July was no different. With nearly 9,897 units sold, the Kwid stands at the sixth position, overtaking popular cars such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.Maruti’s established quad squad – the Alto, the DZire, the WagonR and the Swift – continued to secure the top four positions. Having said this, the country’s best-selling model, the Alto, has registered negative growth for the past consecutive seven months as it faces stiff competition from the Renault Kwid. However, the Ciaz sedan has witnessed an incredible 146 per cent growth last month, making it the most significant positive growth for Maruti, with 5,162 units.Speaking of Hyundai, the Grand i10 stood at number five with a healthy 38 per cent growth, while the Elite i20 was at number eight, just below the Baleno. Tata’s number churner, the Tiago also deserves a mention here. Apart from its initial slow start, the Indica’s successor has crossed the 5000-mark in July and managed to finish just outside the list, at number eleven. The Tiago has also helped Tata witness a remarkable growth of 43 per cent last month.