The Tiago has helped Tata Motors regain the 3rd spot in Q1 of FY17, while Maruti Suzuki held the top spot with 2.46 lakh unit sales and the Hyundai sold 1 lakh units. The Tata Motors sold 28,598 units, which was 26,617 last year in the same corresponding period.

Surprisingly, Renault jumped 9 spots to rank 4, from 13, with 25,374 unit sales, posting an increase of 805 units, with small car Kwid boosting sales. Honda ranked 5th selling 25,062 units, with sales lower from the previous year by about 16000 units (41,306 units), in the corresponding period. Honda is currently two spots down from its 3rd spot last year, which also helped Tata Motors take the third spot.

Only the Tata Motors posted growth in sales in the first quarter, while all others faced a slump in sales. The Indian carmaker saw a 5000 unit increase from 21,881 units last year to 26,161 units this year in the sale of passenger cars. Thanks to the Tiago! The Tiago is currently selling 3000 units each month.

Tata’s new Impact Design language has met with success in the Tiago. Priced at Rs. 3.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Tiago uses the Revotron, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine, which develops 83.8 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The diesel Revotorq, 1.05-litre, three-cylinder engine makes 69 bhp at 4000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 1800-3000 rpm.

Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, delivering a fuel economy of 23.8 kmpl and 27.28 kmpl for petrol and diesel powertrains respectively. Tata also pins its hopes on the Kite sedan and Hexa and Nexon SUVs to further consolidate its ranks in the passenger cars segment.

Launched in April, the mechanical advantages of the Tiago, along with the Impact Design language of the Tata, helped post sales of 4205 units of the Tiago in June, which is a first for Tata. The production of the Tiago may also be increased at Tata’s Gujarat Sanand plant, which has already reached 10000 units in June.


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