Suzuki’s India subsidiary Maruti Suzuki, which holds the top share in the country for new passenger car sales, published its April new car sales results on May 1. Sales including exports totaled 111,748 units. This represents a 29.6% year-over-year increase and marks the first increase in two months.
Among this total, 100,709 vehicles were sold domestically in India. This represents 27.3% growth over the previous year and continues this growth for the 12th straight month. Exports were 11,039 units, an increase of 56% and the first increase in two months.
In terms of specific models, flagship A Segment models like the Alto, Wagon R, Celerio, Swift, Ritz (Splash in Japan) and A Star sold 84,188 units. This represents 28% growth over the previous year and the first increase in two months.
Sales for van segment models like the Omni and Eeco were 12,069, a 45% increase over the previous year, making April the 12th straight month of growth. Total sales for utility vehicles such as SUVs and MPVs including the compact Ertiga were 4,452 units. This is an 11.2% drop from the previous year and marks the 2nd month of decrease.
Maruti Suzuki’s new car sales for 2014 (the period of April 2014 to March 2015) including exports surpassed 2010’s total of 1,271,005 units with a record-setting 1,292,415 units, an increase of 11.9%.
(Translated by Greg Scott)