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Maruti Dzire sales zoom in February 2018

The Swift launched in 2018 and the comeback kid is already making waves in the car market right from the word go. It is already on its way to becoming the fastest car in India to clock one lakh bookings. But the Swift still remains behind its sibling, the Dzire, in sales performance.

However, that might change in the coming months. The compact sedan clocked 20,941 units in February 2018, leaving the Swift and the Alto  behind with sales of 17,291 and 19,760 vehicles respectively. In fact, the Dzire has been the highest selling car in India in the past few months.

It is not just about the previous month, the Dzire has been beating the Alto’s sales in six of the last seven months. In fact, the cumulative sum of sales of the sub-compact sedans such as Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and Honda Amaze is more than the sale of the Alto twins, Kwid and Redi- Go, put together. This shows how more and more buyers are shifting their preference towards bigger cars instead of the entry-level vehicles, which used to outsell other premium car segments in the mass market space till some time back.

The Dzire got a complete model overhaul last year and came out looking a lot more upmarket, receiving a similar response as the Swift as far as booking numbers are concerned. The new Dzire shed nearly 100kg of weight and wore a much more coherent design form than the outgoing model. Along with that, the availability of an AMT in all but the base L variant added an abundance of choices to the model, enticing prospective buyers to finally purchase the car.

Maruti is also going to introduce a CNG-powered Dzire Tour S soon which will further increase the sales of the Dzire badge. As per reports the CNG- powered variant is likely to be priced at Rs 5.97 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Production of the future model is said to have already started and deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of April 2018, once the current stock of petrol-powered Tour S is cleared.

The Tour S CNG is basically a bi-fuel (petrol and CNG) variant of the Dzire Tour S, which was launched back in 2017. For those who don’t know, the Tour S is a taxi variant of the now-discontinued second-gen Dzire sedan that was launched to cater to taxi/fleet operators in the country.

The Tour S CNG will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine like earlier but now it has been tuned to run on CNG as well. On petrol, the engine makes 83PS of power while on CNG, the output declines by 13PS to 70PS. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A speed limiter has also been fitted to restrict top speed to 80kmph, which is in compliance with the Indian government’s revised rules which require all taxis to be fitted with this device for road safety. CarDekho

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