What scooters are to the general two-wheeler market is what utility automobiles (UVs) are to the passenger automobile market. And like poor gross sales of scooters (-Zero.27 p.c) pulled down the two-wheeler market in FY2019, UVs too (+2 p.c) impacted total PV numbers which led to single-digit progress of two.7 p.c. Scarcely a yr in the past, progress for each scooters and UVs was accelerating arduous at 20 p.c however acquired upended by the sharp slowdown within the second half of FY2019.
UV makers would clearly be upset with the less-than-expected progress. Despite the fact that consumers do get wooed by the muscular designs of SUVs and even the practicality of with the ability to deal with unhealthy roads with aplomb, the previous yr has seen clients turning into cautious of the decrease gasoline effectivity delivered by these comparatively bulkier automobiles as in comparison with their hatchback or sedan counterparts.
UVs amassed 9,41,461 models in FY2019 (FY2018: 922,322 / +2.08 p.c), comprising 28 p.c of the general PV volumes, which clocked three,377,436 models. The phase had witnessed an all-time excessive progress of 21 p.c in FY2018 on the again of strong gross sales of 9,22,322 models coming over the 7,61,998 models bought within the yr earlier than.
Though the expansion may need diverse considerably, the gross sales efficiency of a number of the key UV fashions supplied by a number of outstanding OEMs within the nation has nonetheless remained constant. Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at these.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has remained the well-distinguished king of the UV phase, promoting a complete of 1,57,880 models (FY2018: 1,48,462 / +6.34 p.c) in FY2019. The automotive additionally achieved the landmark milestone of surpassing sales of 4 lakh units in February this yr – lower than three years into its launch in India. Whereas robust competitors was felt from the Tata Nexon and Ford’s EcoSport, what helped the compact SUV’s case is the introduction of a facelift together with an AMT transmission choice in Might 2018.
The favored Hyundai Creta, which is immediately the go-to SUV for many city consumers looking out for a sophisticated UV with a great deal of creature comforts, secured its No. 2 place within the High 5 UVs chart with total volumes being pegged at 1,24,300 models (FY2018: 107,136 / +16.02 p.c). The Creta additionally just lately conquered a brand new milestone of going past 5 lakh units in sales in the domestic market earlier in February.
Curiously, the gross sales hole between the Brezza and the Creta in FY2018 was 41,326 models. In FY2019, the hole has decreased to 33,580. Nonetheless a sturdy lead for the Brezza, however with the Creta holding on to a greater progress charge, there might a more in-depth battle for the title within the yr to come back.
At No. three the Mahindra Bolero maintained its place however confronted a slight droop in efficiency which may very well be attributed to the robust NBFC scenario impacting the agricultural markets. The Bolero bought 84,144 models (FY2018: 85,368 / -Zero.14 p.c). Provided that the norm of necessary fitment of ABS in all automobiles bought within the nation has come into impact from April 1, the Bolero now comes with ABS as normal. Furthermore, Mahindra has been rumoured to be working on a major facelift of this rugged UV as a way to meet new necessary crash rules slated to get carried out by October 2019. The mannequin is anticipated to be rolled out across the similar time.
Whereas the Toyota Innova Crysta bought 77,924 models in FY2019 (FY2018: 74,137 / +5.10 p.c), the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga went residence to 65,263 consumers (FY2018: 66,141 / -1.32 p.c) to shut the tally on the final spot. Curiously each the MPVs are the highest selections of their respective value classes which stay extensively distinct. Whereas the Ertiga is a extra approachable providing by Maruti within the sub-Rs 10 lakh MPV phase, the Innova caters to a extra discerning purchaser searching for a sturdy seven-seater, and in addition is a large hit amongst fleet operators for a similar truth. Maruti introduced within the newest second-generation Ertiga in November 2018, and the brand new automotive has grown in its enchantment by leaps and bounds – within the very least winning Car of the Year at the 2019 Autocar Awards.
Despite the fact that FY2019 was sluggish for the phase, the demand for UVs stays with consumers and producers alike. Most OEMs are plotting an assault available on the market with a slew of latest merchandise within the pipeline. Whereas all of it begins proper immediately with unveiling of the Hyundai Venue, MG Motor India is subsequent in line which is able to enter India with the MG Hector SUV in June. Kia Motors and even Citroen have introduced India plans, all starting with an SUV. The motion goes to get even hotter.
Initially of FY2019, it was felt that this fiscal would play witness to UV gross sales crossing the million-unit gross sales mark after having hit 9,22,322 unit gross sales in FY2018; nevertheless it was to not be. Will FY2020 be a milestone yr for the million-unit UV milestone in India? Watch this area to know.