The sun may be slowly setting on Maruti Suzuki India’s once-flagship M800 model in the domestic market, but the car is springing a surprise with rising exports this fiscal.
As per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) data, exports of the M800 jumped by a massive 91.5 per cent to 4,435 units in the April-August period of 2010, as against 2,316 in the same period last year.
The company exports the M800 to neighbouring countries and other nations like Algeria, Chile and Egypt. In August, M800 exports stood at 1,075 units, as against 236 units in the same month of the previous year, up by a whopping 355.5 per cent. This is in contrast to declining domestic sales.
In the April-August period, M800 sales stood at 10,505 units as against 12,649 units in the year-ago period, down 16.9 per cent.
In August, M800 domestic sales were down by 29.8 per cent to 1,919 units, compared to 2,734 in the same month last year.
The company had phased out the model in 13 cities from April this year following the implementation of strict Bharat Stage IV emission norms.