On March 1, Maruti Suzuki, which holds the top shares in the Indian automobile market, presented the results of the automobile sales in India for February. The total automobile sales including the exported cars were 117,451 units. It decreased 0.9% year-on-year, and has been decreasing for two consecutive months compared to last year’s achievement.
For the breakdown of the 117,451 unit sales, 108,115 units were sold domestically in India. It increased 0.2% year-on-year, and remained in the black for 22 consecutive months. Furthermore, 9,336 units were exported, which is down 12.4% year-on-year, and it has been decreasing for three consecutive months already.
As for the model distinction, the A-Segment cars, such as the Alto, the Wagon R, the Celerio, the Swift, the Ritz (Japanese name: Splash), the Dzire, the Baleno and the like were among the 87,149 units sold. The total sales decreased 3.9% year-on-year, and it has been negative for two consecutive months already.
As for the van segment, they sold 12,482 units of the Omni and the Eeco. It increased 10.5% year-on-year, and it has been increasing for five consecutive months. As for the SUV and MPV utility segments, they sold a total of 8,484 units in February, including the Ertiga and the newly-released S-Cross. It increased 44.7% year-on-year, and it has been increasing for 10 consecutive months.
Maruti Suzuki’s sales for the fiscal year 2014 (April 2014 to March 2015) have exceeded that of fiscal year 2010’s total sales of 1,271,005 units with a record high of 1,292,415 units. It increased 11.9% year-on-year, and it has been increasing since then.
As for the reason why the sales dropped down in February 2016, Maruti Suzuki explained, “It was influenced by the protests that occurred in the latter part of February; the forwarding of parts from the supplier got delayed, and the factory operations were also suspended.”
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)