1. A Detailed Analysis of the Hatchbacks in the Indian Automobile Market (An Independent Study) August 2010
4. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The A-Segment covers entry level hatchbacks. These cars make for great city drives and are the first stepping stones for people graduating to cars. They usually feature sub 1 liter engines, are under 4m long and are priced between 1 to 3 lakh Rupees. Competitors The Maruti Suzuki Alto succeeded the Maruti 800 as the king of hatches. The car continues to be a favorite with buyers, as it continues to clock the highest sales figures across segments. The Maruti 800 was the car that brought 4 wheels to India. It retains a strong emotional relationship with the customers and continues to woe its faithful followers. The Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world, has definitely generated a lot of interest. Waiting periods ran into months as the public queued up for a piece of the Nano pie.
5. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Despite featuring only three cars, the A Segment accounts for 25% of total hatchback sales. Source: Press Releases
6. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Note: 1 Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) as on 7 th August 2010 Value-for-money is the key to success in this price-sensitive segment. Fewer variants are offered with concerted efforts to keep base pricing as low as possible.
7. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The small engines and low weights allow these cars to be very efficient. Source: Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM)
10. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The B-Segment covers above entry-level hatchbacks. These cars perform best during city drives and afford most creature comforts deemed necessary by today’s customer. They usually feature 1 to 1.2 liter engines and are priced between 3 to 5 lakh Rupees. Competitors The Spark, a rebadged Matiz, has created steady sales for the last few years. The looks make it a favorite with women and the maintenance packages make for a value offering. The Beat was launched by Chevrolet with the hope that it would change their fortunes. While that hasn’t happened, the Beat has definitely generated interest with its unique design. i10 has been a raging success, taking off from where the Santro left. It is the market benchmark for quality and practicality. It has really strengthened Hyundai’s position in India.
11. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Santro, the victor of the hatchback war of 1998, has seen many successful years. Even though the car is simply outdated now, it continues to sell decent numbers. The Indica Vista was a welcome change from the erstwhile Indica. With an effort to move away from the taxi image, Tata gave it a new name, new style and tried to give it a personal car touch. The Wagon R has always been hugely popular in India. With its new avatar, a new engine, new interiors… it just got better. Being the chart topper for July is no surprise.
12. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK A Star, or the Alto to the rest of the world, was the car that introduced us to the K10 engine which powers all A and B segment cars for Maruti today. The pricey car has not seen chart burning sales. The second generation of the Zen Estilo saw it losing some of the character it was earlier criticized for. Although, it still does not rake in huge numbers, it is a respectable performer as far as sales are concerned.
13. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The B-Segment cars post sales of about 60,000 units every month! Launch of the new Wagon R propelled sales Source: Press Releases
14. Companies offer a large range of variants, from basic to luxury, to target a larger audience. Note: 1 Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) as on 7 th August 2010
15. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Most ‘B’ segment cars are tuned with a focus on efficiency. Source: Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM)
18. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The B+ Segment covers the entire range of premium hatchbacks. These cars are just at home on the highway as they are in the city. Most new hatchbacks are launched in this segment. They usually feature engines above 1.2 liter and are priced between 4 to 7 lakh Rupees. Undoubtedly, with the Indian buyer getting richer, the B+ segment is where all the action is. Competitors The Ritz was launched in May 2009 as a conservative alternative to the hugely popular Swift. The car has been well-received despite the oddball rear as it proves to be a practical choice. The Swift has been a rage in India ever since its launch. A powerful yet fuel-efficient car that meets everyone’s requirements; the Swift makes up for almost half the cars sold in this segment. i20, Hyundai’s offering in the B+ Segment, has introduced the Indian middle class to quality. With interiors shaming cars two segments above, the cosmopolitan Indian is ready to pay the premium.
19. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Chevrolet’s initial attempt to capture the market, in the form of the Aveo U-VA, pretty much failed. The car was never bang-for-buck, despite its roomy interiors and well-sorted ride. The Grande Punto rescued Fiat in Europe. It hasn’t been able to do the same in India yet. The beautiful car does well on most counts, but Fiat’s old reputation is an albatross around its neck. Figo, Ford’s latest offering, has certainly created a blast in the market. The car is viewed as value-for-money and has been clocking more numbers than the rest of the Ford lineup combined.
20. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The Polo had been the most ‘looked forward to’ launch this year, and it didn’t disappoint. Offering the hatch buyers a shot at owning a ‘real’ German car; Polo saw heavy bookings, but few deliveries. Skoda’s Fabia was never a numbers player in the market. Marred by unfortunate glitches and an inflated price tag, this deserving car never really took off. Honda’s Jazz is another car that has seen very poor sales owing to its irrational pricing. With most SUVs coming cheaper, the ‘space’ sales point never really struck a chord with the public.
21. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The B+ Segment is attracting all companies, with almost all fighting for a piece of the premium hatchback pie. Source: Press Releases Figo moved to the 2 nd place within a month of its launch.
22. B+ segment car prices often compete with entry level sedans’. Note: 1 Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) as on 7 th August 2010
23. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Diesel hatches are favorites for people looking for economical long-distance city rides. Note: 1 Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) as on 7 th August 2010
24. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK Hyundai’s ‘Kappa’ engine leads the pack in fuel efficiency. Source: Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM)
25. 08/07/11 THE INDIAN HATCHBACK The premium diesels offer stunning fuel efficiency coupled with the low cost of fuel. Source: Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM)