Indian Passenger Car Market Q1 2024: A Big Picture Breakdown

Buckle up car enthusiasts, because the Indian passenger car market just had a record-breaking first quarter in 2024! Sales soared by 11.6%, reaching the highest-ever Q1 volume of over 1.1 million units.

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So, what’s driving this growth?

Good news for both manufacturers and potential car owners – the raw material price surge caused by COVID-19 is finally cooling down. This includes precious metals like palladium and rhodium, essential for catalytic converters in BS-6 emission-compliant vehicles.

What does this mean for you?

Manufacturers now have a chance to either pocket the cost savings or pass them on to consumers through lower prices or better deals. This price war could be just what the market needs to keep sales strong in the coming months.

Who are the big winners (and losers) this quarter?

Top Performers:

  • Toyota: Strong demand for their hybrid Innova and Hyryder models fueled impressive growth. Cross-badged Maruti products also helped boost their overall sales.
  • Mahindra: Increased production capacity and popular launches like the Scorpio N and Thar propelled Mahindra forward. They’re even eyeing the #2 spot with the upcoming Thar 4-door and a revamped XUV 300.

Solid Performers:

  • Maruti: The return of the Ertiga and the new Fronx helped Maruti keep pace with the industry growth, although heavy discounts were needed across their lineup.
  • Tata: The Punch’s success, including its EV and dual-tank CNG options, along with refreshed Harrier and Safari models, gave them a boost. Keep an eye on the upcoming Curvv SUV – it might land them the #2 spot by year-end.

Room for Improvement:

  • Hyundai: While the new Creta facelift is exciting, sales of the i10 suffered, leading to slower overall growth.
  • Honda: Their sedans continue to struggle, and initial excitement for the Elevate seems to be fading. Discounts were needed in Q1 to maintain sales.

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Facing Challenges:

  • Kia: Wholesale figures for Carens and Seltos dropped significantly, resulting in a market share loss.
  • MG: Price cuts and increased marketing haven’t been enough. A complete product refresh might be needed to regain momentum.
  • Renault: Poor product lifecycle management led to a sales slump across their entire lineup.
  • Skoda: Unfortunately, Skoda’s sales took a tumble in the first quarter.

New Entrants:

  • Citroen: Their debut wasn’t ideal. A 0-star safety rating for the eC3 raised concerns, but a bulk deal with an EV fleet operator might offer some relief. The future remains uncertain, especially considering their new Basalt crossover lacks a sunroof – a feature even Maruti is adopting.


  • Volkswagen: Discounts kept sales mostly stable, with the Virtus model performing well.
  • BYD: Their cars are well-built, but management issues are hindering their growth potential.
  • Jeep: They fell short of their ambitious sales target and haven’t reached the 400-unit average mark in 2024.

The takeaway?

The Indian car market is in a dynamic state. With raw material costs dropping and competition heating up, exciting times are ahead for car buyers. Stay tuned for further updates on how this market unfolds!


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