January 2024: 10 Best Selling Cars in India

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With 3.94 lakh cars sold across segments, January was a great start for the passenger car market, with a mammoth increase of 37% compared to December last year. With the new year charm boosting consumer sentiments, and OEMs significantly increasing dispatches, January proved to be another happy month, with best-ever dispatch numbers, beating the festive month of October 2023. From newcomers like the Maruti Suzuki Fronx entering the chart to veterans like the Hyundai Creta being dethroned for the first time in history, the January sales chart is as exciting as it gets. Here’s what the complete best-selling chart looks like for the month of January 2024.

Model

Units Sold in January 2024

Units Sold in January 2023

Y-O-Y Growth

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

19,630

16,357

20%

Tata Punch

17,978

12,006

50%

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

17,756

20,466

-13%

Tata Nexon

17,182

15,567

10%

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

16,773

11,317

48%

15,370

16,440

-7%

Maruti Suzuki Brezza

15,303

14,359

7%

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

14,632

9,750

50%

Mahindra Scorpio

14,293

8,715

64%

Maruti Suzuki Fronx

13,643

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Spinny Assured Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Jumping up to rule over the number one spot this time, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno proudly finished as the best-selling car of the month. With an exciting new generation boosting the hatchback’s overall sales since 2022, the Baleno has reached new horizons of popularity, reporting aggregate sales of 16,567 units outperforming several competitors with a strong 20% year-on-year growth. The secret sauce behind the hatchback’s sudden growth of popularity can be easily credited to the Baleno’s impressive list of updated features that include goodies such as heads up display, 360-degree camera, premium Arkamys sound set-up along bold new exteriors. This has made the Baleno a hot choice when it comes to bringing home a premium hatchback.

Powered by a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno offers a five-speed manual and a five-speed AMT automatic. All this comes topped with an impressive mileage figure of 22.94 km/l on petrol and 30.61 km/kg on CNG, making the Baleno a value-for-money hatchback that now feels even more contemporary.

Tata Punch

Spinny Assured Tata Punch Kaziranga

Launched in 2021, the success story of the Tata Punch is an exceptional feat in itself that has seldom been achieved by any other compact SUV in India. Known to have shattered several sales records time and again, the scale of the Punch’s popularity is such that it has already sold over 1.5 lakh units, with over 10,000 units sold almost every month since 2022. January 2024 was another golden month for the Punch, where it sold 17,978 units, securing the second best-selling spot with a mammoth 50% year-on-year growth. That’s not all. January was also the month when the Punch reported its highest-ever dispatch numbers since launch, overtaking the Tata Nexon, to become the best-selling Tata car of the month, in addition to being the best-selling compact SUV of the month.

What makes the Punch a runaway success is its compact bodyline, spacious interiors, impeccable safety and overall affordability. Powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Punch offers a five-speed manual or an AMT automatic onboard. Much like several other Tata cars, the Punch also boasts a perfect 5-star safety rating.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

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Maintaining a strong position yet again, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R continued its best-selling streak like a boss, finishing at the number three spot this time. Hailed as one of India’s most iconic hatchbacks, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R shines as a value-for-money package that is bred for the city. The quintessential tall boy of India, what makes the Wagon R a massively popular hatchback is its impeccably frugal engine, classic tall boy looks, balanced ride quality and spacious interiors. Selling 17,756 units in January 2024, the Wagon R, despite reporting a 13% year-on-year growth decline, still managed to emerge as a winner, thanks to its undying popularity amongst retail buyers and commercial fleet operators alike.

Powering the Wagon R are two highly refined and efficient engines that include a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1-litre petrol unit, both of which come mated to a five-speed manual/AMT. What makes the Wagon R a true success story is its impeccable efficiency of up to 25.19 km/l on petrol and 34.05 km/kg on CNG. However, considering that the hatchback in its current generation is almost half a decade old, a facelift or a generation upgrade can truly help the Wagon R double up on its popularity.

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon Facelift

Continuing its streak of being one of the best-selling compact SUVs of the month, it seems as if the Tata Nexon’s latest facelift has worked wonders, helping the SUV clock in impressive sales to finish as the fourth best-selling car of the month. An unparalleled leader in its segment, the Tata Nexon offers superb reliability, impressive practicality and best-in-class safety. With exceptional performance in the month of January, the SUV sold 17,182 units, with a 10% year-on-year growth, to emerge as a proud winner considering the segment’s cut-throat competition. Boasting a perfect 5-star safety rating, the Nexon is also one of the few cars in India that is offered with petrol, diesel and even electric powertrains. With the latest facelift giving the SUV a much more contemporary and futuristic look, the Tata Nexon has become truly irresistible.

Equipped with either a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol or a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, the Nexon comes mated to either a six-speed manual, a 6-speed AMT automatic, or a new 7-speed DCT automatic. The mileage figure onboard the Nexon facelift is now slightly better than its predecessor at 24.08 km/l for diesel and up to 17.44 km/l for petrol, making the Nexon a practical choice among the competitors. In its updated electric avatar, the Nexon EV comes with either a 30.2 kWh battery pack that now returns a range of 325 km/charge and a larger 40.5 kWh pack that now returns a range of 465 km/charge.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Spinny Assured Maruti Dzire blue

A sedan like no other, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is truly an icon. The torchbearer of the sedan segment, Dzire has been the only sedan to feature in the best-sellers list for months. And this time around, it held on to its charm yet again to finish not only as the fifth best-selling car of the month but also as the best-selling sedan of the month. With an aggregate sales of 16,778 units in January 2024, the Dzire registered a good 48% year-on-year growth, asserting its unmatched dominance. What has helped the Dzire shine amongst all sedans, is its value-for-money package coupled with great comfort and high efficiency, offered with a decent pack of features and spacious interiors. The Dzire’s success in India is a testament to the fact that no matter how much the SUV craze grapples the nation, sedans are here to stay.

Being the sedan version of the Swift, the Dzire comes powered by a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine that is tastefully mated to a five-speed manual or AMT automatic. Efficiency figures of the Dzire go as high as 22.61 km/l for petrol and 31.12 km/kg for CNG.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Spinny Assured Maruti Swift

With over 25 lakh units sold since its launch in 2005, the Maruti Suzuki Swift rules over a truly unparalleled legacy. The reason behind the hatchback’s massive success is its punchy and power-packed engine that offers exhilarating driving dynamics coupled with great efficiency, making the Swift one of the most worthy choices for those who seek exciting performance on a budget. Falling a few places to close in at number six this month, the Swift performed fairly well by selling 15,370 units in January 2024, despite a 7% decline in terms of year-on-year performance. And now that the India-bound 4th generation Swift has hit the Japanese market, it will be fun to see when and how the new Swift will arrive in India.

In terms of engine, the Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual and an optional AMT for a convenient ride. With mileage figures as high as 22.56 km/l for petrol and 30.90 km/kg for CNG, the Swift is a superb option, especially in the 6 to 10 Lakh price bracket, where it absolutely dominates.

Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Spinny Assured 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Trailing behind the Swift, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza closed in as the seventh best-selling car of the month in addition to being the third best-selling compact SUV of the month. With 15,303 units sold in January 2024, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza registered impressive numbers along with a 7% year-on-year growth. All this can be credited to the success of the second-generation Brezza, which has truly helped the SUV rise above the competition. What works in favour of the second-generation Brezza is the fact that Maruti has intelligently improved upon all the major shortcomings of the car, incorporating much-awaited features like a sunroof, 360-degree camera and heads-up display to help the Brezza become much more modern and appealing.

Powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is tastefully mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza offers mild hybrid tech for maximum efficiency that can be as high as 20.15 km/l, with CNG elevating the Brezza’s overall affordability and value for money quotient with up to 25.51 km/kg of mileage.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2022

The MUV that has been in the game for over a decade now, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the first choice of millions looking to buy a car that’s comfortable, spacious, efficient and practical, especially for the entire family. Despite tough competition from the Kia Carens, the Ertiga held on to its charm with 14,632 units sold in January 2024, along with a massive 50% year-on-year growth. With this, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga closed in as the eighth best-selling car of the month along with being the best-selling seven-seater car.

Powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, the MUV is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. But what makes the Ertiga a massive success is its pocket-friendly efficiency of 20.3 km/l for petrol and 26.11 km/kg for CNG, making it one of the most efficient seven-seater cars in India.

Mahindra Scorpio

Spinny Assured Scorpio N

When it comes to true blue SUVs, the Mahindra Scorpio is an absolute legend. Equipped enough to tackle all kinds of terrains without breaking a sweat, the big daddy of SUVs boasts a rich legacy of over two decades. Ever since the new Scorpio N made its debut, both the Mahindra Scorpio Classic as well as the Scorpio N have together uplifted the carmakers’ position in the Indian market. Both Scorpios together managed to sell 14,293 units in January 2024, with a massive year-on-year growth of 64%, helping the SUV to retain its position as the best-selling SUV of the month, dethroning the Hyundai Creta in addition to being the ninth best-selling car of the month.

Talking about the powertrain, the Scorpio comes mated to a sole 2.2-litre diesel unit paired to a six-speed manual, while the Scorpio N on the other hand offers a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit in addition to the 2.2-litre diesel engine, both of which come mated to a six-speed manual or AMT onboard. Both SUVs together are worthy choices in the segment, with a tough, built-to-last bodyline and true-blue SUV performance.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx

Maruti Fronx. New Car Launched in 2023

The latest launch from Maruti, the Fronx has been a raging success, especially in terms of sales. Incorporating Maruti’s latest design language, the crossover SUV offers a premium cabin loaded with a plethora of features such as a 360-degree camera, heads-up display, wireless charging etc. But what makes the Fronx quite an appealing option is its aggressive pricing and exciting yet efficient powertrains. Selling 13,643 units in its eighth month, the Fronx is on a great run indeed.

Offered with two engine choices; a 1-litre turbo-petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology and a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol unit, the former comes mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, while the latter comes mated to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The mileage on offer is superb with the turbo petrol returning up to 21.5 km/l and the naturally aspirated unit returning 22.89 km/l.

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