Utility vehicles save grace for Maruti Suzuki in June, sales shrink 13.9%

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2016 12:25 IST
Vitara Brezza seemed to be driving the UV sales for Maruti Suzuki in June. (HT file photo)

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday reported 13.9% drop in total sales in June at 98,840 units as against 1,14,756 in June 2015, hit by a fire incident at one of its key vendors and a voluntary maintenance shutdown.

The company’s domestic sales also tumbled 10.2% during the month to 92,133 units as against 1,02,626 in June 2015.

Sales of mini segment cars, including Alto and WagonR, went down by 19.3% to 27,712 units compared with 34,336 in the year-ago month, MSI said in a statement.

The company said sales of the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz, Dzire and Baleno too slid 12.5% to 39,971 units in June as against 45,701 units a year ago.

Sales volume for Dzire Tour, Maruti Suzuki’s super-compact sedan, came in at 2,068 units in June, down 28.5% year on year, while 2,800 units of its mid-sized sedan Ciaz were sold in the month, down 24.3% year on year.

In contrast, sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Ertiga and S-Cross and Vitara Brezza went into top gear, surging 75.5% to 9,708 units in June from a year earlier.

Sales of vans -- Omni and Eeco -- declined 5.6% to 9,874 units in the said period.

Exports during the month came down by 44.7% to 6,707 units as against 12,130 in June last year, MSI said.

For the April-June quarter, the company said its total sales rose 2.1% to 3,48,443 units from a year ago.

During the quarter, the company said its domestic sales rose 5.4% to 3,22,340 units as against 3,05,694 units in the same period of 2015-16.

“The growth in sales in the quarter is despite the disruption in production during June 2016, due to the unfortunate incident of fire at Subros, a key vendor of the company. The company expects to recover the production loss during the course of the year,” MSI said.

The company together with its vendors is stepping up production of newly launched models Baleno and Brezza to service the pending demand.

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