1. Renault Kwid incresed it’s sells in India by 221%

by Saurya Pratap Singh

14th June, 2016

April 2016 Car Sales Figures: Renault India Grows by 211%

Maruti Suzuki leads the growth chart with a year-on-year hike of 7.06%
Ford exported more cars overseas than it sold in India
Honda saw sales drop in April 2016 by 17% in year-on-year sales
The 2016-17 financial year kicked off on a positive note for automakers as most manufacturers reported growing numbers for April, 2016. With the commencing on a positive note, car makers are optimistic that the year will bring in volumes with a host of new models lined up for launch.

1) Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Baleno

Maruti Suzuki’s new launches are contributing positively to overall sales

India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki continues to lead the bandwagon in terms of growth with 1,17,045 units sold in April this year. The manufacturer clocked a year-on-year hike of 7.06 per cent in sales. However, its entry-level models the Alto and Wagon R witnessed a drop in numbers with cumulative sales of 31,906 as opposed to 35,403 units sold last year, a drop of 9.9 per cent. Nevertheless, the mid-size hatchback and compact sedan segment were growth drivers for the automaker with 45,700 units pushed out with a hike of 8 per cent. The Ciaz also reported a hike of 22.3 per cent in April 2016. The automaker did witness a 13.7 per cent drop in export volumes with 9524 units shipped last month compared to the same period last year.

2) Hyundai India

Hyundai Creta
The Hyundai Creta commands 50 per cent sales of the compact SUV segment

A distant second, Hyundai India projected a year-on-year growth of 9.7 per cent last month clocking 42,351 units in domestic sales. The automaker’s growth momentum was largely driven by models like the Creta, Elite i20 and Grand i10 that have shown impressive performance in their respective segments. The automaker was particularly proud of the growth despite the challenging rural market. The company however, saw exports drop by 6.5 per cent in April 2016 with 12,069 units shipped out, as opposed to the 12,904 units sold in April 2015.

3) Renault India

Renault Kwid
India is Renault’s sixth largest market globally

Growing at lightning pace thanks to the super success of the Kwid, Renault India reported an overwhelming growth of 211 per cent for April this year with 12,426 units sold. The company attributed its success to its entry-level offering that has not only found takers in metros, but in tier II and III cities as well. The company is now focusing on increasing its presence across the country, while more variants of the Kwid with the 1.0-litre motor and an AMT unit are scheduled for launch later this year and are expected to drive the growth momentum further.

2. Next generation Mercedes GLE spotted testing for the first time

Codenamed W167.

The next generation Mercedes GLE was spotted testing for the first time, as seen in new spyshots from Motor 1. It is expected to go on sale in 2018, nearly seven years after the current GLE (then called M-Class) was launched.

Next generation Mercedes GLE side spotted testing
The next gen Mercedes GLE is expected to go on sale in 2018, nearly seven years after the current model (then called M-Class) was launched.

The test mule has the codename ‘W167’ scribed on the tailgate, giving it away that the model on test is indeed the next Mercedes GLE, as the current GLE is codenamed ‘W166’. Given that this is one of the early prototypes of the mid-size SUV, there’s not much that can be said about the exterior design, save for a redesigned greenhouse at the rear and slightly longer wheelbase (by the looks of it).

The all new 2019 Mercedes GLE is rumored to ride on Mercedes-Benz’s new Modular High Architecture (MHA), which will underpin all of Merc’s bigger crossovers and SUVs. Engine lineup is reported to replace the V6 engine options in the current model for a new range of turbocharged, inline six-cylinder engines.

Next generation Mercedes GLE rear spotted testing
The all new 2019 Mercedes GLE is rumored to ride on Mercedes-Benz’s new Modular High Architecture (MHA).

It’s been nearly eight months since the new Mercedes GLE was launched for sale in India, and Mercedes has already commenced development of the next one. Prices start from INR 58.9 Lakhs, and it is locally assembled at their plant in Chakan, Pune.