Top 5 SUVs sold in March: Hyundai Creta keeps the crown, Tata Harrier loses out
The mid-size SUV segment is expected to turn out as competitive as the smaller sub-compact SUV segment soon with new models like Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun to join the race in coming days. However, as of now, Hyundai Motor continues lead the segment, along with its Korean sibling Kia Motors, thanks to the Creta and Seltos SUVs. Both continue to maintain their lead over the pack by a big margin.
Tata Motors, which turned out to be the third biggest carmaker in India in March, failed to make it to the list of top five mid-size SUVs, despite at least two popular offerings in Harrier and newly-launched Safari.
Here is a quick look at how the top five SUVs were placed in March, 2021.
Hyundai Creta SUV
Since its new generation model came in around the same time last year, Hyundai Creta SUV has been one of the biggest success stories for the Korean carmaker in India. With 12,640 units sold last month, Creta continues to hold the pole position among the mid-size SUVs. Though the month-on-month growth rate is nominal, it is still enough for Creta keep the crown.
Kia Seltos SUV
The bulk of sales for Kia Motors in India is still attributed to its first offering in the country. The Seltos SUV continues to grow in terms of sales, at a rate of more than 27 per cent month-on-month and by over 41 per cent on a year-on-year basis. In March 2021, Kia sold 10,557 units of Seltos. The carmaker is also expected to come up with a premium version of the Seltos SUV - the Seltos Gravity edition - soon in India, which can further augment its position in the segment.
MG Hector SUV
MG Motor's story in India has largely been about its Hector family of SUVs. And among them, the Hector SUV stands out in terms of its popularity. The mere fact that it has been able to beat some of the more well-known manufacturers of SUVs in India, like Mahindra or Tata Motors, bears testimony to that. With 4,720 units sold last month, it has grown at a healthy rate of nearly 29 per cent month-on-month.
Mahindra Scorpio SUV
While the world has been going crazy over its new generation Thar SUV, Mahindra and Mahindra features on the list of top five with one of its oldest warhorses in the game - the Scorpio. It has always been a regular feature on the list, and continues to do so despite the carmaker planning to drive in a new generation model soon. Mahindra sold 2,535 units of Scorpio in March this year, which is a more than 230 per cent growth compared to March last year before the nationwide lockdown hit India in the last week.
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Maruti Suzuki S-Cross SUV
Being the biggest car manufacturer in the country, it is tough to keep a Maruti car out of such lists. The Maruti S-Cross SUV scraped past Tata Harrier SUV to the top five in March this year, thanks to 2,331 units it could sell. The S-Cross beat Tata Harrier by a mere 47 units. In fact, leaving the top three SUVs in the segment, it is a tight race among the rest of the pack down to number seven on the list - Tata Safari SUV.