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Why Big Sedans are Slowing Down

Published: Oct 19, 2013 06:39:25 AM IST
Updated: Oct 17, 2013 01:50:13 PM IST

Why Big Sedans are Slowing Down
Infographic: Sameer Pawar
There was a time when owning a sedan, such as a Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Optra or Honda Civic, was a big social statement. But with the surge in the SUV segment, the definition of a badaa gaadi has changed; sedans are no longer that fashionable. Research from IHS Automotive Consulting shows that as recently as 2011, sales figures for sedans stood at almost twice of today’s levels.

Even the recently launched Skoda Octavia, with four engine types at a price of Rs 16 lakh, met a lukewarm response. The decline can be attributed partly to the accessibility of SUVs. Locally assembled SUVs can compete with sedans on price and, with good ground clearance and more space, they are both a psychological and practical fit for Indian buyers, says Puneet Gupta, principal analyst of IHS. “Earlier car manufacturers were more focussed on sedans than SUVs,” he says. “The trends are changing. It is visible.” And this isn’t limited to India, it is happening globally; sedan customers are buying SUVs even in developed markets like Australia.

(This story appears in the 01 November, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Rukunujjaman Emon

    yea. that is true...sedans are gradually replacing by suvs... in my country Bangladesh i can see that people who love sedans much r buying suvs...normally corolla,allion,premio etc r the best selling sedans in here..a few years back people tend themselves to buy a sedan..bt this trend is changed by suvs. i think suvs has something better then the sedans...and it is of course its style and looking..suvs looks more gorgeous and prominent than sedan...

    on Oct 24, 2013