Maruti Suzuki, the largest manufacturer of passenger cars in India, recently reported a rise in sales figures of 4.4% for the month of April. They sold an overall 97,155 units. The company stated that they had sold 93,058 units for the same period last year. Maruti had recorded 87,144 units sold last month in the domestic segment, which was an increase of 8.88% in comparision to the 80,034 vehicles sold in the same period last month.
The company, however, posted dismal export figures, with sales declining by 23.13% last month, to 10,011 vehicles, in comparision to the 13,024 vehicles sold in the same period last year. According to reports, one of the basic models of the company, M800 had increased sales of 2,528 units, an increase of 11.96%, from the 2,258 units sold in the same period last year.
Meanwhile sales of their A2 segment, which comprise the WagonR, the Estilo, the Alto, the Ritz, the A-Star and the Swift, saw an increase of 1.82%, selling 57,443 units in comparision to the 56,416 units sold in the same period last year. The sales of their A3 segment, which comprise the DZiRE and the SX4 saw an increase of 39.07%, selling 13,899 units in comparision to the 9,994 units sold in the same period last year.
The overall passenger sales of the company rose by 7.63%, selling 73,905 units, last month in comparision to the 68,688 units that they sold in the same period last year. Maruti Suzuki, a leader when it comes to the passenger car market in India, has been facing increased competition in the small car market, which is its main stronghold.
This is because of the fact that in the last few years, many global auto manufacturers have entered in India, which has a wide range of products to offer, along with new and different technologies. As Maruti tries to keep up with the advancing global players and maintain its position in India, the car manufacturer has been coming up with different ideas, like its recent plan to offer all models in CNG variants.