In September 2023, the Indian automobile industry witnessed a remarkable surge in sales, setting a new record just in time for the festive season—a period of heightened demand for car manufacturers. Maruti Suzuki, the industry leader, continued to dominate, with six of its models securing spots among the top 10 best-selling cars for the month. Despite the growing popularity of SUVs, the small car segment continued to hold sway. Let’s delve into the top 10 cars that shone in India last month.
1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno, a hatchback introduced last year, retained its strong presence on the sales chart. With 18,417 units sold in September, the Baleno continues to impress, even in the face of increasing SUV fondness. While sales dipped by approximately five percent compared to the same month the previous year, the Baleno remains a crowd favorite.
2. Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The ever-popular Maruti Suzuki WagonR, available in both petrol and CNG variants, secured the second position. With 16,250 units sold, it maintained its top-three status, despite a drop of nearly 20 percent compared to September last year.
3. Tata Nexon
Tata Motors’ Nexon sub-compact SUV made substantial progress, selling 15,325 units—a growth rate of around six percent. Offering design, feature, and powertrain updates, including petrol, diesel, and electric options, the Nexon overtook its primary rival, the Brezza, to claim the third spot.
4. Maruti Suzuki Brezza
The Brezza led Maruti Suzuki’s SUV lineup in September, with 15,001 units delivered across the country. Although slightly lower than the previous year, the Brezza remains a popular choice among younger buyers, offering a petrol engine and CNG technology.
5. Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Swift hatchback, set for a significant facelift soon, experienced a slight dip in sales rankings. With 14,703 units sold, it achieved a remarkable 23 percent growth compared to the previous September. Starting at ₹5.73 lakh (ex-showroom), the Swift will unveil its new avatar later this month at the Japan Mobility Show.
6. Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Dzire stands out as the only sedan consistently featured in India’s top 10 car sales list. With 13,880 units sold in September, marking a 45 percent increase compared to the previous year, the Dzire continues to make its mark without significant design changes since its 2016 launch.
7. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The recently introduced Ertiga maintains its position as India’s top-selling three-row MPV, offering a blend of features and performance at an affordable price. Sales of 13,528 units were reported for the Ertiga last month, a significant 45 percent increase from the same month the previous year. It’s available with both petrol and CNG options.
8. Tata Punch
Tata Motors’ compact SUV, the Punch, secured the title of the second best-selling car in their lineup. With 13,036 units sold in September, the Punch, available in petrol, diesel, CNG, and electric variants, attracted attention for its impressive safety record, earning a five-star rating from Global NCAP.
9. Hyundai Creta
The Hyundai Creta retained its crown as the top-selling SUV in September, outperforming rivals like the Maruti Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, and newcomers like the Honda Elevate. Hyundai Motor reported sales of 12,717 units, although this represented a slight decline from the previous year. Hyundai is actively testing the next-generation Creta, set to launch in India early next year.
10. Hyundai Venue
The Hyundai Venue is gradually gaining traction but has yet to catch up with rivals like the Tata Nexon or Maruti Suzuki Brezza. With 12,204 units sold in September, Hyundai is making its mark in this competitive segment, especially with the introduction of the N-Line version.
Despite the rise of SUVs, small cars and reliable sedans continue to resonate with Indian car buyers. These top 10 cars offer a blend of affordability, performance, and innovation, making them popular choices for a diverse range of consumers.