On January 1, 2016, Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary and top shareholder of India’s passenger car market, announced its sales results for the Indian market for December 2015. Total unit sales including exports increased by 8.5% from the previous year to 119,149 units, producing a surplus for the ninth straight month.

The 119,149 units of total sales consist of 111,333 units for India’s domestic market. This result was a 13.5% increase year on year and a surplus for the 20th month in a row. Exports dropped 33.1% to 7,816 units for the first deficit in three months.

The leading A segment including the Alto, Wagon R, Celerio, Swift, Ritz (the Splash, in Japan), and Desire recorded an 11.6% increase to 91,043 units for a ninth consecutive surplus.

Sales of the van segment including the Omni and Eeco grew by 3.3% to 11,122 units, resulting in a surplus for the third straight month. The utility vehicle segment, which includes SUVs and MPVs, such as the Ertiga compact minivan and the newly released S-Cross recorded a 58.8% rise to 9,168 units for the eighth surplus in a row.

Maruti Suzuki’s new car sales (including exports) in fiscal 2014 (April 2014 to March 2015) grew 11.9% year on year to 1,292,415 units, surpassing its 1,271,005 units recorded in fiscal 2010.