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Car, auto sales end 2009 with a bang

autos Updated: Jan 01, 2010 23:13 IST
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The domestic automobile industry signed off 2009 in style with all major car and two wheeler manufacturers reporting yet another month of bumper sales.

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Friday reported 50.6 per cent jump in its sales in December last year at 84,804 units. The carmaker had sold 56,293 units in December 2008.

Domestic sales witnessed a jump of 36.5 per cent at 71,000 units against 52,029 units in the year ago month, the company said in a statement.

Sales of the A2 segment comprising models Alto, Wagon R, Zen, Swift, A-Star and Ritz were at 52,236 units against 36,831 units in December the previous year, up 41.8 per cent.

The A3 segment (Swift Dzire and SX4 sedans) sales in December 2009 grew by 20.2 per cent at 7,843 units against 6,524 units in December 2008 .

Second placed Hyundai Motor India Ltd reported a 22.64 per cent growth in sales at 47,217 units against 38,502 units in December last year.

Domestic sales during December jumped by 42.62 per cent to 22,252 units against 15,602 units during the same month a year ago, it said. The company, the country's largest car exporter, witnessed a rise of 9.02 per cent in its overseas shipments.

The country's biggest two-wheeler maker Hero Honda Motors reported 74.05 per cent jump in its sales in December.

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