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Maruti Suzuki domestic sales grow 15% in May, Ciaz sales drop 9% as new Dzire comes in

Maruti Suzuki sold 15.5% more cars in May in the domestic market, however its exports dropped by 36.3% last month. The launch of Dzire seemed to have bit the sales of Ciaz.

autos Updated: Jun 01, 2017 12:30 IST
Gulshankumar Wankar
The launch of Dzire seemed to have bit the sales of Ciaz.
The launch of Dzire seemed to have bit the sales of Ciaz.(HT file photo)

Maruti Suzuki India’s domestic sales grew 15.5% in May as over the same month a year before, selling 1,30,676 units as over 1,13,162 in May 2016. The growth was mainly driven by mini, compact and utility vehicle (UV) segments growing at 20%, 24.5% and 45.9% respectively.

However, the country’s largest carmaker exported 36.3% fewer cars – 6,286 last month as over 9,872 in May 2016.

MSI’s domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales saw 15.1% increase, riding mainly on the UV segment (of Ertiga, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza) which grew as high as 66.3% last month. Vitara Brezza has been leading the sub-four metre SUV segment ever since its launch in March 2016.

The compact segment of Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire grew 10.1% to 51,234 last month from 46,554. The new compact sedan Dzire had as many as 33,000 bookings at the time of its launch on May 16.

Maruti sold 4,724 units of its mid-size sedan Ciaz last month over 5,188 in May 2016. The drop of 8.9% in Ciaz’s sales could most likely be attributed to three factors – the launch of its closest rival new Honda City in February, Maruti Suzuki moving the Ciaz from its regular dealerships to the premium Nexa channel, and the introduction of the Dzire.

MSI’s passenger car sales grew 8.7% to 95,047 units in May from 87,402 in the same month a year before.

The overall sales (domestic + exports) saw an 11.3% rise in May – from 1,23,034 to 1,36,962.

The cumulative total sales in the FY’2018 (April + May) were up 15.5%, where domestic sales were 19.5% more, but exports dropped by 32.9%.

Besides Maruti Suzuki, Eicher Motors Ltd also posted 25% increase in sales last month, selling of 60,696 Royal Enfield motorcycles. The Indian bikemaker entered the Brazilian market in April this year and had announced an investment of Rs 800 crore to expand its India operations.