SUVs in Spotlight: India’s November Car Sales Break Records

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Check out the latest news about car sales in India for November. See how Maruti Suzuki did compared to Hyundai, Tata, and Mahindra. Get the scoop on cool stats, market trends, and why SUVs are stealing the spotlight in this industry update.


In the ever-changing world of Indian cars, November brought us a face-off between Maruti Suzuki and the trio of Hyundai, Tata, and Mahindra. Let’s dig into the details of this car story, looking into the engines, shifts, and the dynamics that shaped the industry in the second-to-last month of the year.

Getting Started: Maruti vs. The Trio

Big Fight: November’s Sales Drama

November was a battleground as Maruti Suzuki’s car sales closely matched the combined force of Hyundai, Tata, and Mahindra. These four players battled for the top spot in passenger vehicles, contributing to the highest-ever November sales for the industry.

The Stage: Record-Breaking Performance

The industry hit a record with a whopping 335,354 units sold in November, a 3.95% increase from the same month last year. This achievement shows what an extraordinary year 2023 has been, breaking records month after month.

Maruti’s Smart Moves: SUVs Lead the Way

In a special media talk, Shashank Srivastava, Maruti’s Senior Executive Officer for Marketing and Sales, explained why they did so well. More available computer chips and the festive season’s excitement in November boosted Maruti’s numbers.

The SUVs were the stars, making up the biggest part with 178,598 units and a 53.26% share in the total vehicle sales. Maruti’s domestic vehicle sales went up by 1.33%, reaching 134,158 units, with seven of its models among the top 10 best-sellers in India for the month.

Market Share Game: Maruti’s Control Across Types

Maruti’s market share spoke for itself, being 69.2% in small cars, 53% in sedans, 55% in multipurpose vehicles (MPVs), 95% in vans, and 20.2% in the SUV segment. Overall, the company had a 65% share in cars that aren’t SUVs, proving its place as a top player.

What Others Did: Hyundai’s Growth and Tata’s Steady Path

Hyundai’s sales went up by 3.02% compared to last year, with 49,451 units sold in November. Tarun Garg, the company’s COO, felt good about their dealers having enough cars, thanks to good responses and more people buying during the festive season.

Tata Motors kept a steady pace with the same number of domestic vehicle sales, 46,068 units. Meanwhile, Mahindra showed an impressive 32.22% growth, selling 39,981 units in November. Veejay Nakra, President of the Automotive Division at Mahindra, said it was because people wanted more of their SUVs.

Conclusion: As the car story unfolded in November, it showed a tale of intense competition, smart moves, and changing choices of car buyers. Maruti Suzuki almost equaling the combined forces of Hyundai, Tata, and Mahindra showed how lively India’s car market is. The numbers told a story of bouncing back, being flexible, and wanting to do well in an industry where every turn of the wheel brings new challenges and successes. As the year heads to its end, the December finale promises more interesting twists in this exciting car journey.

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