Honda WR-V debuts in Top 5 UVs in June 2017 -
Honda WR-V debuts in Top 5 UVs in June 2017
Posted 29 Jul 2017 03:41 PM


NEW DELHI: The latest crossover from the Honda Cars India stable, the Honda WR-V has just stormed into the top 5 list of utility vehicles in June 2017.
It stacks up at number 5 in the pecking order just over 3 months after its launch in mid-March. Jnaneswar Sen senior VP-sales and marketing HCIL told ETAuto that it was initially averaging domestic sales of 3,400 units per month but now after ramp up of production at the Tapukara facility, it is selling between 4,500-5,000 units monthly.
The WR-Vs current bookings are averaging about a month’s numbers with the top variant WR-V (VX) clocking a waiting period of 1.5 months.
Now with the ramp up of production completed this month, Honda Cars India is optimistic of bringing down the waiting within a couple of months for the WR-V (VX) trim.
The WR-V that comes in two variants offers both petrol and diesel options and these Sen admits are equally balanced in terms of current market demand.
Among the other UVs, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza continues to hold the pole position during June 2017 as well as FY’18. However it is up 2 slots from number 3 rank in June 2016.
The Hyundai Creta remains strong at second slot, while the Mahindra Bolero follows at number three. Last June the Bolero had not figured in the top 5 UV list. But from the start of this fiscal, it has steadily climbed 2 slots from number 5 in April 2017.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is pegged at number 4, down 1 position from number 3 in April and May 2017. Last June it had not entered the top 5 UV list.
Interestingly, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has made its place in the top 10 passenger vehicles during the month under review edging out its nearest competitor, the Hyundai Creta by a vast margin. While the Vitara Brezza notched sales of 8293 units during June 2017, the Hyundai Creta sold 6436 units.
The monthly sales of Vitara Brezza SUV had been averaging 10,000 monthly but in May 2017 it bettered its own score selling 12375 units. But it has tripped in June 2017.
This was due to consumers postponing purchases during June 2017 due to the expectation of price cuts from July 1 when the new tax regime, the GST was to be enforced.
Among others, the Toyota Innova that led from the front in June 2016 does not make it to the top 5 list this June. Ford EcoSport at number 4 and Mahindra KUV100 at number 5 ranks last June have also been nudged out of the June 2017 top 5 UV slots.
The GST rollout, a good monsoon forecast and the upcoming festive season are expected to further improve the market sentiment and sales of the utility vehicle segment going forward.
Gaurav Vangaal, automotive forecasting analyst from IHS Markits says that the new facelifted version of the Ford EcoSport is expected by yearend or early next year, hence its dropping out of this June’s top 5 list. The Mahindra Bolero meanwhile has been moving up the value chain driven by the demand mainly by the rural markets.
“Regarding the Honda WR-V, it deserves to be in the top 5 UVs, as its sales have been steadily increasing. This boost was really required by Honda Cars as its other products have been struggling,” concludes Vangaal.
During June 2017, UVs led the de-growth at 11.25 percent with total passenger vehicles down by 11.21 percent.

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