India’s and Maruti’s top selling car Alto 800 has now become the world’s best-selling hatchback once again in 2014 outgoing cars like Volkswagen Golf, Daihatsu Tanto, Toyota Aqua etc. Alto 800 showed a slow growth in sales numbers but still it able to grab the top spot on list followed by Volkswagen Golf at second and Daihatsu Tanto at the third spot. This is for the second time Alto 800 manages to grab the top spot in world’s best hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki is the India’s largest car manufacturer established in 1981 and currently sells over 15 vehicles now. Maruti Alto was launched 14 years ago basically it carried forward the legacy and saga of Maruti 800 and slowly it taken over it. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in four variants Base, VX, LX and LXi between 2.38-3.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Top 10 cars of 2014 with their sales numbers-
|Maruti Suzuki Alto 800||2,64,544 units|
|Volkswagen Golf||2,55,044 units|
|Daihatsu Tanto||2,34,456 units|
|Toyota Aqua||2,33,209 units|
|Honda Fit||2,02,838 units|
|Maruti Swift||2,02,831 units|
|Fiat Palio||1,83,745 units|
|Volkswagen GOL||1,83,366 units|
|Honda N-BOX||1,79,930 units|
|Suzuki Wagon R||1,75,369 units|
Maruti launched Alto k10 more powerful version of Alto powered to a 1.0L k series engine and it is available in six variants including a CNG and AMT variant. K10 AMT variant is the least priced AMT variant in the world, so one could hope that Alto’s sales will keep going up in future as well.
In 2011 Maruti Suzuki Alto manages to tick over 3, 00,000 units and became the only car to surpass 3 lakh figure mark. 2.65 lakh units clearly suggest Alto demand is declining over the years but still it tops the chart. Absence of cars from Brazil might be the other reason due to which Alto 800 manages to achieve such numbers because Brazil is the world’s largest small car market. Volkswagen GOL which is the bestselling car for over 25 years in Brazil witnessed a dip in sales, in fact not even a single car from Brazil crosses 2 lakh mark in 2014.