As predicted correctly by Autocar Professional, utility automobile (UV) gross sales in India have crossed the one-million or 10 lakh models for the primary time in a single 12 months – on this case, FY2021. As per the gross sales numbers introduced by apex trade physique SIAM, a complete of 1,060,750 UVs have been offered within the home market within the just-concluded fiscal 12 months.
The closest the Indian UV trade got here to hitting the million-units gross sales milestone was in FY2020, when at 946,010 models it fell in need of the milestone by 53,990 models. Whole UV gross sales in FY2019 have been 941,461 models. FY2021 is now the brand new benchmark.
The sterling efficiency of the UV section will be gleaned from the actual fact that it’s the sole sub-segment from the passenger automobile, industrial automobile, three- and two-wheeler segments to be in constructive territory in FY2021. Not solely that, in FY2022 (solely 11 months contemplating April 2020 was a zero-production-and-sales month), the UV section accounted for 39.12% of complete PV gross sales of 2,711,457 models. This betters its FY2021 efficiency when it accounted for 34.10% (945,959) of complete PV gross sales of two,773,519 models.
The constant best-sellers together with the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos and the Maruti Ertiga have been the important thing progress drivers for the section and their producers.
Serving to by a glut of latest fashions in addition to refreshed fashions, the UV section – which incorporates SUVs and MPVs – has been firing on all cylinders. Gross sales crossed the 100,000-unit mark in October and November 2020, January and February 2021 and hit a excessive of 122,350 models in March 2021 – or 3,946 UVs offered day-after-day of final month. Little surprise why automobile producers are doing all they will to pump up the volumes to cater to the surging client demand.
Over 8.5 million UVs offered over 15 years
A look on the home UV gross sales knowledge sheet beneath reveals that complete numbers have crossed the 8.5 million or 85 lakh unit mark over 15 years. Fifty-four p.c of that determine or 46,32,541 models have come within the final 5 years, indicating the huge demand for this class of car.
SUVs: the vehicles for all causes and all seasons
The all-encompassing enchantment of the SUV is just not troublesome to fathom. Greater and taller than common vehicles, they offer the motive force a greater view of the highway forward – so vital in a rustic like India. And, the raised floor clearance is all the time useful on the subject of driving over rugged terrain.
Moreover, being bigger than hatchbacks and a few sedans, additionally they pack ample space for storing, have cavernous boots and have loads of room on the rear to stretch out. Excellent for use as a household automobile. However massive will also be small as a result of with the appearance of the sub-4-metre compact SUV class in India, these SUVs can simply manoeuvre by dense visitors and in addition match into tight spots armed as they’re today with driving aids.
Tanking up can also be not a vastly costly affair because it was with SUVs up to now. OEMs and engine engineering have made large advances through the years, which is why SUVs in recent times are each gas environment friendly and in addition extra eco-friendly.
After all, on the subject of experience and dealing with, SUVs are the automobile you’d prefer to have when you’re driving in unhealthy climate circumstances or unknown roads. Sizeable weight, larger and wider wheels and strong nature guarantee they ship improved grip and stability. Security is paramount and right this moment most SUVs include ABS, EBD, ESP and even hill-hold and hill-descent management in some circumstances.
Progress outlook: SUV-ival of the fittest
Furthermore, in India, demand for sub-four-metre compact SUVs appears insatiable and OEMs are going all out to introduce new merchandise. The approaching months will see quite a lot of new fashions getting launched together with the likes of Mahindra’s new XUV700, Skoda’s Kushaq, Volkswagen’s Taigun and Hyundai’s Alcazar.
Clearly, there’s loads of motion developing on the UV entrance in FY2021-22. Keep tuned to extra number-crunching coming your method.
UV gross sales in India cross 1,000,000 models for the primary time in FY2021
Utility Automobile gross sales in India cross 1,000,000 models for the primary time in a 12 months