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What a Surprise! Kia Sonet wins over Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue; Becomes #1 Compact SUV In India

Kia Sonet is the top-selling crossover SUV in May 2021.

The Nexon is followed by the Venue, Vitara Brezza, and finally the Renault Kiger at number five.

It should be noted that the sales being considered here are dispatch sales and not retail sales

Kia Sonet

Six thousand six hundred twenty-seven units of Sonet were dispatched this May compared to 7,724 units dispatched in April.

Sales have declined by 14%, but the Sonet still takes the pole position to become the most dispatched compact SUV of the month.

Tata Nexon

In comparison, Tata sold 6,439 units of the Nexon in May, a decline of 7% compared to the April figures of 6,938.

Despite this, the Nexon saw increased sales after it received a facelift last year.

It also enjoys a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test.

Hyundai Venue

The Venue saw plunging sales by 57% as 4,840 units were sold in May instead of 11,245 units in April.

This takes the Venue to the third position.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The Vitara Brezza has also fallen from the top, with only 2,648 units sold in May.

This is a massive drop of 76% as it enjoyed sales of 11,220 units in April.

Renault Kiger

1,326 units of Kiger were dispatched in May, a sharp decline of 56% as it sold 2,800 units in April.

Reason Behind Dropping Dispatch Sales:

  • Covid : The ongoing pandemic is a big reason behind sales dropping as it forced lockdowns across the country. In such a situation, people were prioritizing saving money instead of spending on automobiles. A car is also a depreciating investment, further lowering its appeal.
  • Factories Shuttered:  Many automakers were forced to shut down their manufacturing plants.

Among them, Maruti Suzuki took the step to conserve oxygen required for those seriously infected and oxygen-deprived.

Others were forced to shut as their state governments instructed them as part of lockdown rules.

All these adversely affected productions.

Dispatch Vs. Retail Sales – Several of the figures relate to dispatch sales rather than retail sales, as mentioned previously. However, once the retail quantities are revealed, the sales numbers for all the brands could go up.  If that happens, the top spot may go to the Vitara Brezza or Hyundai Venue.

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