October 2021 turns out to be one of those rare months when all hatchbacks have registered negative annual growth
While demand in the market remains strong, the number of sales is likely to drop as a result of supply side issues. As may be recalled, there is a global shortage of semiconductor chips. Carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra have been deeply affected by the shortage of essential auto components.
In October 2021, the top ten hatchbacks had collective sales of 81,266 units. The year-on-year growth rate is close to 40% as compared to 1,34,311 units sold in October last year. Maruti has five, Hyundai and Tata Motors have two each and Renault has one car in the top ten list.
Top 10 Hatchbacks October 2021 – Maruti at the forefront
Despite low sales, Maruti Suzuki continues to be the dominant player in the entry-level as well as premium hatchback segment. It has 4 cars in top 5 and 5 cars in top 10. The combined sales of these five hatchbacks are 58,919 units, which is a market share of 72.50%.
Alto is at number one in the list with sales of 17,389 units in October. The year-on-year growth is -2.5% lower than the 17,850 units sold in October last year. The share in the top 10 hatch sales is 21.39%. The Alto is expected to get a generation update next year. The new model has been spied in a road test. It seems that the dimensions of the new-gen Alto are bigger than the current model. It will be based on the Heartect platform and may get a more muscular profile.
Baleno is at number two with sales of 15,573 units in October. The year-on-year growth is down -29% as compared to 21,971 units sold in October last year. The percentage share in sales is 19.16%. The Baleno is expected to get its next generation update soon. It will get a variety of exterior and interior updates. Maruti may also offer a sportier RS variant of the Baleno. This will allow for better efficiency against rivals like the i20 N line and the Altroz iTurbo.
WagonR is at number three with sales of 12,335 units in October. The year-on-year growth is -34% lower than the 18,703 units sold in October last year. The share of sales is 15.17%. In its home market Japan, the WagonR will get its 7th-gen makeover later this year. It will also get cosmetic enhancements as well as the R06D in-line 3-cylinder motor.
Swift year-on-year loss highest
At the fourth position in the list, Maruti Swift has suffered the highest annual loss in percentage terms. A total of 9,180 units were sold in October. The year-on-year loss stands at -62.6% as compared to 24,589 units sold in October last year. The sales share is 11.29%.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is at the fifth position with 6,042 units sold in October. YoY sales are down -56.8% as compared to 14,003 units sold in October last year. The sales share is 7.43%. Other hatchbacks in the top ten list include Tata Altroz (5,128 units), Maruti S-Presso (4,442), Hyundai i20 + i20 N Line (4,414), Tata Tiago (4,040) and Renault Kwid (2,723).