Renault Kwid overtakes sales of Maruti Suzuki Swift in June 2016
The Renault from the house of French car maker Renault, has overtaken the sales of the Swift which is the much lauded sporty hatchback from the house of Maruti Suzuki in sales terms in June 2016. It must be mentioned here that Maruti’s Swift and the Kwid from Renault, do not belong to the same car segment, and by no means can they be compared, but both of these cars have featured in the list of top 10 highest selling cars in India for some months now. Out of these 10 models, 7 of them belong to Maruti Suzuki which includes the Swift which generally was seen to appear at number 6.
Increased in Sales of Renault Kwid
However, in June 2016 Maruti Suzuki had a production issue due to the onset of a fire at its vendor Subros’ manufacturing plant. Maruti Suzuki had lost 2 complete days of production before it could be further resumed. As a result, the Swift numbers dropped, letting the Kwid to get ahead. 9,459 units of the Renault Kwid were retailed in June 2016 as compared to 9,033 units of the Swift. That placed the Kwid at the 5th place while the Swift skidded to the 6th position. If we were to look at it in terms of month-on-month growth, the Kwid climbed by a massive 41 per cent in June 2016 as compared to May 2016 when it had sold 5,600 units and was not even in the top 10 of the highest selling cars in that month.
The sales of the Kwid have risen Renault’s market share from 2.3 per cent to 3.8 per cent. The Swift sold 12,355 units in May 2016 as compared to 9,033 units sold in June 2016. It should be borne in mind that a number of purchasers have also been looking at the Swift’s sibling the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, which has also been a reason for the dent in sales of the Swift for the past few months.
The Baleno sits in the 8th place among the 10 highest selling cars for June 2016 with 6,967 units sold. Currently, the waiting period for the Kwid is said to be running more than 4 months. Renault has garnered more than 1.5 lakh bookings for the Kwid in less than one year since it was released. The company has also ramped up the number of units being produced at its Chennai plant in order to meet the rising demand of this car, now making 1,600 units a month on an average.