VW Gol is the world’s best selling small car; Maruti Alto comes second

Posted on Jan 9 2013 - 12:46pm by Nithyanandh K
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Over the last few years, the Maruti Alto is by far the best selling car in India and its dominance of Indian market has also placed it as the world’s best selling small car.

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The Alto received this title in 2010 and retained it for the following year as well, however in 2012, the top spot was stolen by VW Gol which is a sort of Brazil’s Alto. The VW Gol has been Brazil’s top seller for the last 18 years!

The Maruti Alto’s slip in the global small car top spot is attributed to Indian market’s inclination towards diesel cars. In 2012, the net sales of the Maruti Alto slipped by 8% thereby handing over the leadership to Gol.

The Gol’s main rival Fiat Uno sealed the final place on the podium. The VW Gol’s Brazilian sales stood at 2,93,293 units while Maruti managed to sell 2,86,833 units and the Fiat Uno clocked 2,55,838 units in Brazil.

The Alto’s sales had been declining from the start of the year owing to rapid dieselization and witnessed a lowest point in April which made the difference between the global first and second positions. The new Alto was launched in October last year and since then sales grew by 20% but the benefit of the new car’s sales can only be reaped next year.

Maruti is confident that the Alto has all the chance to reclaim its top spot from Gol in 2014. We presume that the Nano diesel would make it hard for the Alto to clock a consistent 30,000 + units every month.

[Source: Hindustantimes.com]

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  1. Sridhar January 9, 2013 at - Reply

    Why didn’t VW bring Gol to India?

  2. shyam January 9, 2013 at - Reply

    if you closely check out the sales figure you will find out that swift and swift dezire which ideally is only a variant and should not be counted seperatley is the highest selling car in india as well as world for last 2-3 years. in many E.U.countries as well as America different body styles i.e. hatch/notchback/saloon are often counted together if they carry the same model name. as in case of engine variants, petrol/diesel, cubic capacities, auto/manual, 2wd/4wd or feature specd are always taken in same model sales.
    ironically alto and the new alto800 re totally different cars but they still are figuring together in its sale figure.
    i feel Suzuki india ltd. should start giving the swift and swift dezire nos. together and claim the largest selling title sooner than later.

  3. shobit January 9, 2013 at - Reply

    Its common sense that vw actually invests and replaces old dated models with brand new cars with latest tech and design.
    Unlike Maruti serving us the same old 20 year old box with no safety index. Maybe its time such cars are actually banned form being considered in the worlds best selling car. Nobody can stop people from being fooled into buying this though….it is the best we have at the moment!

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