Apart from Creta and the recently launched Kushak, all other compact SUVs have posted negative year-on-year growth in August
A total of 29,587 units were sold in August 2021. YoY growth is 2.25% as compared to 28,936 units sold in August last year. The MoM growth is higher by 6.07% as compared to 27,895 units sold in July 2021. Except for Creta and Scorpio, all have seen positive MoM growth in August.
Compact SUV sales August 2021 – Creta most popular
Creta continues to dominate with a market share of 42.58% in August. A total of 12,597 units were sold in the month. There is an increase of 7.14% on a year-on-year basis as compared to 11,758 units sold in August last year. However, the MoM growth is less by -3.10% as compared to the 13,000 units sold in July 2021.
The Creta is expected to get a facelift next year, which will see some major updates on the SUV. Exteriors are expected to be overhauled based on the Tucson. There will also be many new features as well.
Next on the list is the Kia Seltos with 8,619 units sold in August. The year-on-year growth is -19.11% lower than the 10,655 units sold in August last year. The market share is 29.13%. Only the Creta and Seltos have a double-digit market share. All other SUVs in this segment have a single digit market share.
This shows the dominance of South Korean car makers in this area. Seltos MoM growth is positive at 23.43% as compared to 6,983 units sold in July 2021. The Seltos is also expected to get a facelift in the next 1-2 years.
Skoda Kushak is at number three with sales of 2,904 units in August. The Kushak was launched earlier this year in June at a starting price of Rs 10.49 lakh. With over 6,000 bookings and monthly sales growth as of July, the Kushak is now one of the bestsellers of Skoda.
Scorpio, MoM sales decline year-on-year
Mahindra Scorpio is at the fourth position with sales of 2,606 units in August. The year-on-year sales declined by -21.67 per cent as compared to 3,327 units sold in August last year. The market share is 8.81%. The MoM growth is also lower by -32.40% as compared to 3,855 units sold in July 2021.
Scorpio has played a long innings since making its debut in 2002. Over the years, it has been updated several times. The new-gen Scorpio is expected to arrive early next year. It will get many updates in the exterior and interior. Engine options will be the same as the all-new XUV700.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is at number five with sales of 2,522 units in August. The year-on-year growth is lower by -0.20% compared to 2,527 units sold in August last year. The market share is 8.52%. The MoM growth has increased by 27.89% as compared to 1,972 units sold in July 2021. The next-gen S-Cross is expected to debut in the European markets in 2022. Later, it may also be introduced in India.
Other SUVs in the list are Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster. These have relatively low sales numbers of 186 units and 153 units respectively. Though the year-on-year growth is negative, Kicks and Duster have positive MoM growth of 37.78% and 19.53% respectively.