As Swift Takes it Home, Here Are Other Fast-Selling Cars in India
Maruti Suzuki announced that the new Swift, launched this February, has beaten its compact sedan variant, the Maruti Dzire, to become the fastest-selling car in India.
However, this news did not come as a surprise as most Maruti Suzuki models sell like hot cakes in India due to the easy availability of spare parts, wide service network and practicality that these cars offer.
The Swift has been quite popular in India ever since it first came out in 2005. The Swift has cumulatively sold a total of 18.9 lakh units in India.
Built on the Heartect platform that is shared with various Maruti Suzuki models like the Baleno, Ignis and the upcoming Ertiga, it comes with two engine options – a 1.2 Litre petrol that puts out 83hp of power and a 1.3 litre diesel unit that produces 75 bhp of power.
Here are all the cars that the Swift has beaten to become the fastest-selling Indian car:
Yes, the top two fastest-selling cars in India are both Maruti variants on the same platform.
The Dzire was launched in May 2017 and it instantly took off, with Maruti Suzuki getting 25,000 pre-bookings for the latest version of its compact sedan.
The new Dzire is impressive with its styling and features on offer, such as daytime running lamps, projector lights, and an Android Auto and Apple Car Play infotainment system. These features may have worked in favour of the sales figures.
Maruti Alto 800
Launched in 2012, the facelifted Alto 800 gave the popular entry-level hatchback a boost in image.
Given the branding the Alto 800 had, it was bound to sell. How much exactly? 50,000 bookings in the first two months after the launch.
As the name suggests, the Alto 800 is powered by a 796cc engine that puts out 48PS of power and a maximum torque of 69Nm. Giving a CNG option to the Alto 800 made the car look more interesting, which might have helped with the sales as well.
The new Baleno made its way into the Indian market as the company’s first premium hatchback in October 2015 and was sold through its Nexa dealerships.
Carrying the name of its premium sedan of the 2000s, the Baleno did interest a lot of buyers. The premium hatchback received over 1 lakh bookings in the first four months since its launch. It however, completed the 1 lakh sales milestone in October 2016.
The Baleno’s sales figures have been exciting so far. The car sold 1,08,329 units between April and October 2017, a 65 percent jump year on year. In June 2017, it had crossed the 2 lakh sales mark.
Maruti also launched an automatic variant of the Baleno almost six months after the initial launch.
Baleno was first showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the iK2 concept and made its way to the Indian market in the same year. With a competitive price tag, the premium hatchback saw good demand right from the start.