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Country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today reported 13.9 per cent increase in total sales at 1,16,606 units in January 2015 as against 1,02,416 units in the same period last year. The company said its domestic sales increased by 9.3 per cent during the month to 1,05,559 units as against 96,569 units in January 2014. Also Read - 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift spied; India launch early next year
Sales of mini segment cars, including, Alto and WagonR, declined by 7.3 per cent to 35,750 units as compared to 38,565 units in the year-ago month, MSI said in a statement. The company said sales of the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz and Dzire rose by 7.5 per cent to 45,881 units in January this year as against 42,669 units last year. Also Read - New Hyundai Xcent 2017 facelift spied while testing; India launch imminent
MSI said sales of its compact sedan Dzire Tour rose by 33 per cent during the month under review at 1,378 units as against 1,036 units in January 2014. The sales of company's mid-sized sedan Ciaz, which was launched in October 2014, stood at 6,005 units. The company had sold 191 units of SX4 sedan in January 2014. There was no sale of premium sedan Kizashi during the month.
Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Grand Vitara and Ertiga, rose by 35 per cent at 6,432 units in January this year from 4,763 units in the corresponding month last year. Sales of vans — Omni and Eeco — rose by 8.2 per cent to 10,113 units in January this year as compared to 9,345 units in the same period of previous year. Exports during the month rose by 88.9 per cent to 11,047 units as compared to 5,847 units in January last year, it added.
Tata Motors also reported a 5.19 per cent increase in total sales at 42,582 units in January, as against 40,481 units in the same month last year. Domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles grew by 5.35 per cent at 38,621 units as compared to 36,657 units in January 2014, Tata Motors said in a BSE filing.
Sales of passenger vehicles in the domestic market in January stood at 13,047 units, up 18.89 per cent from 10,974 units in January 2014. In the commercial vehicles segment, domestic sales remained flat at 25,574 units during the month, the company said. Exports during the month stood at 3,961 units, up 3.58 per cent as against 3,824 units in the year-ago month.
Country’s second largest carmaker Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today reported 1.4 per cent decline in total sales at 44,784 units in January. The company had sold 45,413 units in the same month last year, it said in a statement. In the domestic market, Hyundai sold 34,780 units last month as compared to 33,405 units in January 2014, up 4.1 per cent. During the month, Hyundai's exports declined by 16.7 per cent to 10,004 units as against 12,008 units in the same period last year.
Commenting on the sales performance, HMIL Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said, “This growth came in on the momentum built by leading products like new Elite i20, Grand and Eon while facing the stiff challenges of increasing cost of ownership on account of increase in excise duties”. For sustained growth, the need of the hour is reduction in interest rates and rationalisation of taxes to increase the inflow of the first time buyers, he added.
Similarly auto major Mahindra & Mahindra today reported six per cent decline in total sales at 39,930 units in January. It had sold 42,685 units in the same month last year, the company said in a statement. M&M's domestic sales declined by eight per cent to 37,045 units last month as against 40,324 units a year earlier. Sales of passenger vehicles, including Scorpio, XUV 500, Xylo, Bolero and Verito stood at 18,804 units as compared to 19,792 units in January 2014, down five per cent. Four-wheeler commercial vehicle sales fell 14 per cent to 12,919 units last month as against 15,100 units in year-ago month, M&M said. Exports were up 22 per cent at 2,885 units from 2,361 units in the same period a year earlier.
M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah said: “The first month of 2015 has not been encouraging as the effect of the withdrawal of excise duty subsidy is clearly evident. “Unfortunately, the segmented recovery which we were witnessing over the last couple of months has been impacted with the excise duty change.” The company hopes that the upcoming Budget will have some positive news for the auto sector, he added.