Seijing Motor Corporation: Reposition or Extend the Pickup Brand
In early 2016, the country head for Seijing Motor Corporation (SMC) in India was worried about stagnant sales of the company's Supreme pickup brand. The Supreme brand had gained only a single-digit market share over the past year, and SMC's share of the growing large pickup market had steadily fallen, from 40 per cent in 2005 to 10 per cent in 2015. SMC's Supreme brand was competing with the market leader in the pickup segment. The pickup needed to be repositioned immediately so that it appealed to customers; otherwise, its market share would erode even further. Should the company fight existing consumer perceptions or leverage them? Should the Supreme brand be repositioned, or should SMC offer new brands in other segments? Should it extend the Supreme brand name into those other segments, or should it introduce new brand names? Ashita Aggarwal is affiliated with SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.