On July 1, Suzuki India subsidiary Maruti Suzuki reported the company’s India new car sales for June. Total sales include exports were 98,840 units. This represents 13.9% year-on-year decline and marks the first decline in 4 months.
Domestic sales totaled 92,133 units. This is down 10.2% from the previous year’s June and marks the 26th month of decline. Exports were 6,707 units, which is 44.7% down and marks the 3rd month of decline.
Sales for the flagship A segment, which includes the Alto, Wagon R, Celerio, Swift and Ritz (Splash in Japan), Teana, and Baleno were 72,551 units. This is 16.3% down from the previous year and marks the first decline in 4 months.
Sales for the van segment which includes the Omni and Eeco were 9,874 units. This is 5.6% down and marks the first decline in 9 month. The utility vehicle segment which includes SUVs and MPVs, and the compact Ertiga MPV and newly released S Cross, saw 9,708 units in June. This was a significant 75.5% over the previous year’s sales and marks the 14th month of growth. This is the result of the release of the new Vitara Bretz SUV.
Maruti Suzuki’s fiscal year 2015 new car sales (April 2015 to March 2016) including exports set a new record at 1,429,248 units, which is up 10.6% over the previous year and marks the second year of growth.
Maruti Suzuki says the reason behind June’s slump in sales was a fire at a parts maker’s facility at the end of May in Manesar. With this fire, two domestic production facilities were stopped at the same time.
(Translated by Greg Scott)