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Maruti Suzuki overtakes Mahindra, becomes the largest UV maker in India in May

Maruti Suzuki overtakes Mahindra, becomes the largest UV maker in India in May

Maruti Suzuki has overtaken Mahindra & Mahindra in the largest UV segment in India in the last two months, April and May 2017. This was the great success from the biggest player of small cars. Maruti has planning to expand its position and scope in the different passenger vehicle segments in the Indian market. In this part, just months back, it has introduced the hybrid and utility vehicles in the competitive domestic market to target the respective competitors. Now, the day comes and Maruti Suzuki has overtaken the India’s utility vehicle leader, Mahindra in the UV segment.

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Maruti sold around 5,500 more utility vehicles than Mahindra in the first two months of this fiscal year. Mahindra listed 18,363 units and 19,331 units in April and May, whereas Maruti has listed 20,638 units and 22,608 units of sales in April and May 2017. The company’s cumulative sales stood at 43,246 units, against 37,694 units of Mahindra in the previous two months. In the last fiscal year, M&M has crossed Maruti by 20,000 units.

More demand of Maruti Ertiga and new Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki has received 45% growth in UV segment, whereas the UV market leader, Mahindra has enumerated a decline of 6%. The company’s officials said that the Vitara Brezza has to register 10,000 units of sales in a month and towards to place its company in new heights. On the other side, Mahindra’s new four sub-4metre SUVs, including Bolero Plus, Nuvo Sport, KUV 100 and TUV 300, not helped the company to register more volumes.

Related: Maruti Suzuki reported 23.4% growth in April 2017

Moreover, due to the lack of petrol vehicles, Mahindra has reported a decline of sales in sub-4metre UV segment. Some of the external factors, including large diesel and SUVs ban in the biggest cities, influenced the company to hurt sales.

Apart from this, Mahindra has grown 3% in May 2017 with the sales of 41895 units of vehicles, compared to 40656 units in May 2016.

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Mahindra XUV 500 mild hybrid to hit the market in 6-12 months

Mahindra XUV 500 mild hybrid to hit the market in 6-12 months

Economic Times reported that the largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra will introduce the mild hybrid system in its best-selling SUV of Mahindra XUV 500. The mild hybrid version of the XUV 500 will reach the Indian showrooms in coming 6 to 12 months. The popular SUV will feature the “Intelli-Hybrid” system that was introduced for the first time in the Scorpio model in July 2016.

As per the news, the basic auto start and stop (Mahindra micro hybrid system) is to be replaced by the Intelli-Hybrid system, which features the large capacity battery, auto start & stop, brake energy recuperation and the starter motor.

The starter motor works as a standard motor and alternator to offer the mild electrical boost in the certain driving situations. Using the Intelli-Hybrid, the Scorpio’s fuel consumption reduced by up to 7 percent. Besides, the 2.2-litre mHawk engine powered XUV 500 will also return the same reduced fuel-consumption.

Not only Mahindra, the other manufacturers are seeking to introduce the hybrid cars, mild-hybrid systems and electric vehicles in the Indian market. One of the biggest manufacturers, Maruti Suzuki has already introduced the mild hybrid vehicles and which have more demand in the market than the regular ones.

Mahindra had made its entry in the electric vehicle segment with the Mahindra e2o and later e-Verito. Now, the company is planning to launch the all-new electric SUV, which might be KUV 100 electric, in the market to increase the segment range as well as raise the company brand.

Mahindra continues the 1.99-litre engine SUVs in NCR/Delhi

Mahindra continues the 1.99-litre engine SUVs in NCR/Delhi

As per the latest news from Economic Times, Mahindra will continue the 1.99-litre diesel engine SUVs, XUV 500 and Scorpio, in Delhi/NCR after the judgement of the Supreme Court regarding the lifting of heavy diesel vehicle’s registration. The Indian utility vehicle maker has introduced its SUVs with the 1.99-litre engines in the NCR region due to the 2000cc diesel vehicle’s ban initiated in December 2015. At final, the Apex Court has lifted the ban with the one percent of environment cess.

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According to Mahindra’s ED Pawan Goenka, there are two reasons to continue the 1.99-litre diesel engine. First, the buyers will not be restricted to buy only the 1.9-litre engine as we are already offering 2.2-litre engines, so there is no reason to change the engine. The second one is that the announcement of the SC is not the final judgment. As of now, it is an internal judgement so that we will continue until the final judgment of the SC.

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Further, he added that only one percent of environment cess is not going to work in the NCR region as well as make any difference. That means, one percent of green cess will have any impact in the national capital region. Even though, we have to accept it and move on that.

Currently, the best-selling models (XUV 500 and Scorpio) in the SUV segment are available with the 1.99-litre mHawk engine, which is rated at the similar outputs of the 2.2-litre engine. The specifications and features of new Mahindra’s SUVs are similar to the 2.2-litre engine models.

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Apart from this, Mahindra is concentrating on the segment of electric vehicles and announced that it is working on the all-electric SUV, which is coded as Mahindra S107. All electric SUV will hit the market in 2020 with the combination of the new electrical and the popular compact SUV platforms.

All Mahindra cars to get petrol variants from 2018

All Mahindra cars to get petrol variants from 2018

Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian biggest UV maker is planning to introduce the petrol versions of all Mahindra models from 2018. Each and every product will have the petrol variants in the coming years and the company is working on the new petrol engines, according to Pawan Goenka, ED of M&M. As per the reports, Mahindra is developing on the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 1.2-litre (mFalcon G80) petrol engine is already introduced in the Mahindra KUV 100, new small crossover. Accordingly, the upcoming Mahindra portfolio will be offered with any of three petrol engines, 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre.

Currently, the petrol variants have more demand in the Indian market due to the Supreme Court’s order, registration ban of heavy diesel vehicles with the more than 2000cc diesel engine. To catch the increasing demand for petrol cars, the automakers are planning to introduce the petrol powered cars. Mahindra’s best-selling cars, XUV 500 and Scorpio, have been affected in the Delhi and NCR with the SC’s order so that the UV maker has introduced the 1.99-litre mHawk engine in both models.

Mahindra_KUV_100_General_Pearl_White_2016_india_carcroxAccording to the SIAM report, the contribution of diesel cars declined from 44 percent to 41 percent in the total passenger vehicle sales in this fiscal year, compared to the same period of previous fiscal.  While the petrol car’s share is increased to 59 percent in this fiscal from 56 percent in the last fiscal year.

KUV 100 is the first crossover from Mahindra introduced with the diesel and petrol engines in January 2016. Most of the Indian customers opt for the KUV 100 petrol versions as of the affordable price and the several restrictions on diesel vehicles. The carmaker expected that the 40 percent of customers interested to buy the petrol versions, but the result was 50 percent in India.

We expected that the upcoming compact Bolero will get the petrol as well as automatic versions to target the segment brands. Mahindra is considering the new-generation models, which will be developed by the association of SsangYong, for the domestic market. Along with the petrol segment, Mahindra is also concentrating on the category of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Source: Automotive