MPVs or Multi-purpose Vehicles are very capable cars as their name suggests and a very viable option in the Indian market. The Indian car buyers loved the MPVs, and the iconic Qualis, Innova and the massively popular Ertiga MPVs are the proofs of that fact. However, with the rising trend of the SUVs, the demands for the MPVs have been dwindling for some time now. Many Indian car buyers are choosing to buy SUVs over sedans and large hatchback models, thus they are definitely going for SUVs rather than MPVs, which are pretty similar type of vehicles. Nevertheless, MPVs are thriving in the Indian car market, hoping to see the trend for MPVs to return back.
Here, we are considering the popularity levels of the longtime great success Maruti Suzuki Ertiga against the good old Mahindra Xylo and the much newer Renault Lodgy in this comparison in terms of monthly sales figures.
We all know that numbers speak for themselves, and the sales figures definitely indicate which one is the most popular MPV model being considered here, although all of them are suffering from sales decline, thanks the SUVs. In India, nothing sells better than a Maruti car, and hence even after suffering sales plummet, the Ertiga continues to garner healthy sales numbers. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV managed to sell 4769 units in the month of October this year, while its sales dropped to 4682 units last month. This resulted in a minor sales decline of 2 percent, which can be attributed to the post festive season decline.
The Mahindra Xylo MPV used to be a good success, but not anymore. The Xylo managed to sell only 550 units in October, 2017, while it dropped to only 356 units in November, 2017. This resulted in a sharp sales fall of 35 percent.
The biggest dud however, is the Renault Lodgy MPV. Even with its premium looks and features, the Lodgy could not impress the Indian buyers. The Lodgy sold 250 units in October this year, while last month it could find only 157 buyers, which accounted for a plummet of 37 percent.
When year-on-year sales performance is concerned, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has suffered a 14 percent sales drop this year, as it sold 5413 units in November, 2016 as against 4682 units last month. Nevertheless, the highly popular Ertiga is expected to witness a sales boost soon as a more contemporary, stylish, more up-class and feature loaded new generation model will come in 2018.
For Mahindra Xylo, there has not been much difference as it sold 360 units in November last year as compared to 356 units in November, 2017, which is just 1 percent decline.
On the other hand, the Renault Lodgy has suffered a huge decline and its buyers have reduced by around half from last year. It 310 units last year November, while selling only 157 units last month.
The MPV market conditions are is really sad in India and many MPVs models have left the country, including Chevrolet Enjoy and Honda Mobilio. Interestingly however, the Toyota Innova continues to enjoy its iconic status in India and the more premium and expensive current-gen Toyota Innova Crysta’s sales have been skyrocketing.