In September 2023, the Indian automobile industry witnessed a historic surge in sales, setting a new record right before the festive season, a time of peak demand for car manufacturers. The industry’s top player, Maruti Suzuki, stood tall with six of its models securing spots among the top 10 best-selling cars for the month. Despite the substantial growth in SUV and utility vehicle sales, the small car segment continued to dominate the charts. Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 cars that zoomed their way to success in India last month.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno, a hatchback that debuted last year, maintained its strong presence on the sales chart. Equipped with a host of features, the Baleno managed to clock sales of 18,417 units in September. While this figure represents a slight drop of about five percent compared to the same month the previous year, the Baleno’s popularity endures despite the growing fondness for SUVs.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The WagonR remains a hot favorite among Indian buyers, available in both petrol and CNG variants. It consistently secures a top-three position on the sales charts. However, in September, Maruti Suzuki reported sales of 16,250 units for the WagonR, marking a decline of nearly 20 percent compared to the same month last year.
Tata Motors’ Nexon sub-compact SUV made significant strides, recording sales of 15,325 units and reflecting a growth rate of about six percent. The latest version of the Nexon offers updates in design, features, and powertrains, including petrol, diesel, and electric options. Impressively, the Nexon overtook its primary rival, the Brezza, to claim the third position in the sales rankings for the previous month.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza
In September, the Brezza led the charge among Maruti Suzuki’s SUV offerings, with 15,001 units delivered nationwide. This figure, though slightly lower than the same month the previous year, solidifies the Brezza’s position as a preferred choice for younger buyers. Maruti Suzuki exclusively offers the Brezza with a petrol engine, along with the option of CNG technology.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Swift hatchback, set to undergo a significant facelift in the near future, has seen a dip in sales rankings. Despite a remarkable 23 percent growth in sales compared to September of the previous year, the Swift secured 14,703 units in households across the nation last month. This hatchback, starting at ₹5.73 lakh (ex-showroom), will unveil its new avatar later this month at the Japan Mobility Show.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Dzire stands out as the only sedan consistently appearing in India’s monthly top 10 car sales list. A favored choice among fleets, the Dzire boasts enhanced efficiency thanks to Maruti’s CNG technology. With 13,880 units sold last month, marking a 45 percent increase compared to September 2022, the Dzire continues to make its mark without significant design changes since its launch in 2016.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The recently introduced Ertiga holds its position as India’s top-selling three-row MPV, offering a winning combination of features and performance at an affordable price. Maruti Suzuki reported sales of 13,528 units for the Ertiga last month, marking a significant 45 percent increase compared to the corresponding month the previous year. This versatile vehicle is available with both petrol and CNG technology options.
Tata Motors’ compact SUV, the Punch, secured the title of the second best-selling car in their lineup. The Punch, featuring petrol, diesel, CNG, and electric variants, garnered significant attention with 13,036 units sold in September. Beyond its compact size and affordability, the Punch is celebrated for its impressive safety record, earning a five-star rating from Global NCAP.
In September, the Hyundai Creta retained its crown as the top-selling SUV, surpassing rivals like the Maruti Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, and even newcomers like the Honda Elevate. Hyundai Motor reported sales of 12,717 units for the Creta last month, although this marks a slight decline from the same month the previous year. Hyundai is actively testing the next-generation Creta, expected to launch in India early next year.
The new Venue is gradually gaining traction but has yet to catch up with rivals like the Tata Nexon or Maruti Suzuki Brezza. In September, Hyundai Motor managed to sell 12,204 units of the sub-compact SUV. The carmaker also introduced the N-Line version of this SUV, aiming to make a mark in this competitive segment.
Despite the rise of SUVs, the small car segment and reliable sedans continue to resonate with Indian car buyers. These top 10 cars represent a blend of affordability, performance, and innovation, making them popular choices for diverse consumers.