New Delhi: The Indian car market seems to be going through transformation phase. Just few years ago, the Indian car market was hailed as Mecca of small cars. Now, in a major transformation, the SUVs and MPVs are becoming hot favourites among consumers in India.

It is for the same reason that car companies are now betting on voluminous SUVs or MPVs instead of small cars in the upcoming festive season. It is a testimony to the fact that in last one month, only one small car has been launched whereas in comparison to that at least half a dozen of SUVs or MPVs have been launched by the companies like M&M, Tata Motors and Renault.

It is first occasion in Indian car market that so many cars ranging in price band of Rs 7-22 Lakh has been launched in such a short duration of time. Experts are also bullish on seeing a recovery in the sluggish car market with these SUV or MPV launches. The Chief Executive of M&M Pravin Shah feels that in the next two months, the SUV or MPV sales will be triple times than that of small cars. M&M is reciprocated its confidence by launching Quanto and Rexton recently.

The Chief Operating Officer of Maruti Suzuki Mayank Pareek also feels that there will be huge demand for SUVs or MPVs in the coming days. He reasoned that the disparity in the prices of petrol and diesel are also one of the reasons behind driving the sales of SUVs or MPVs. In last one year, out of the total SUVs sold, almost 90 percent are diesel cars.

The lack of SUVs or MPVs in the bouquet of Maruti Suzuki attribute to its loss of market share in last two years. To fill the vacuum, Maruti Suzuki launched Ertiga this year. Current statistics says that during the period of April-September, the car market registered a fall of 0.3 percent. In comparison to that, during the same period, the SUV market grew by 56 percent. Total number of 2,55,895 units of SUVs were sold during the period.

In the meantime, the global auto majors like Skoda, Renault and Ford are in the process of developing SUVs especially for Indian markets. M&M has announced an investment worth Rs 4,000 crore for developing SUVs. Tata Motors is also planning to launch two SUVs in next one year.

JPN/Bureau

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