The Kia Seltos outsold the more affordable S-Presso and Vitara Brezza last month

The festive month of October brought in relief for car manufacturers as sales finally picked up a little after languishing for the better part of the year. But as usual, the top gainer was Maruti followed by Hyundai and of course, the surprise entry – Kia – which is riding a wave of success with just a single product, the Seltos. Let’s take a look.

October 2018 Model October 2019 Model
22,180 Maruti Alto 19,569 Maruti Dzire
18,657 Maruti Baleno 19,401 Maruti Swift
17,404 Maruti Dzire 17,903 Maruti Alto
17,215 Maruti Swift 16,237 Maruti Baleno
15,832 Maruti Vitara Brezza 14,683 Hyundai Elite i20
13,290 Hyundai Elite i20 14,359 Maruti WagonR
11,820 Hyundai Grand i10 12,854 Kia Seltos
11,702 Hyundai Creta 10,634 Maruti S-Presso
10,655 Maruti WagonR 10,227 Maruti Vitara Brezza
9,260 Maruti Celerio 10,011 Maruti Eeco


  • Not much has changed in the past year as it has remained a family feud for the fourth spot where the Dzire, Swift, Alto and Baleno have remained the top-selling cars. Even the bottom two cars on the list are from Maruti, with almost identical sales figures.
  • The overall sales numbers have been in a similar ballpark as last year, but the top-selling car in 2019 is more than 2,000 unit down on 2018’s best-seller.
  • From three contenders in the top-selling list to just one, Hyundai has lost quite a bit this year. The Elite i20 has held its own and even saw a rise of more than 1,000 unit sales over 2018.
  • The surprise entry here is the Kia Seltos, which is the most expensive offering in the pool but was still lapped up by nearly 13,000 customers. Kia Motors has now the fifth-highest market share in the Indian market all thanks to the Seltos.
  • In its first full month of sales, the Maruti S-Presso crossed the 10,000 unit mark, becoming the best-selling car in its segment ahead of the Renault Kwid.

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