Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the country’s largest passenger car maker, has witnessed a 3.1 per cent drop in its total sales during the month of April 2013. The company managed to sell just 97,302 units last month as against sales of 1,00,415 units recorded in the corresponding month of 2012 calendar year. The domestic sales saw a slight rise, whereas Maruti Suzuki’s vehicle export business suffered a greater decline in numbers.
As per a statement by Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the company sold some 90,523 units in the domestic passenger car market during April 2013, as compared to sales of 90,255 units in the year-ago period. The marginal increase in sales came mostly on the back of company’s top selling models like Swift DZire entry level sedan and Alto 800 entry level hatchback.
Speaking of sales recorded by Maruti Suzuki India in the mini car segment, they surged up by 13.69 per cent at 34,927 units during April 2013, as against 30,720 units sold in the same month last year. The company’s mini car fleet includes the likes of M800, Alto, A-Star and WagonR hatchbacks. However, Maruti Suzuki’s compact car models suffered a 17.40 per cent drop in sales at just 21,535 units last month, when in the previous year they stood at 26,072 units. Interestingly, the company’s compact car portfolio has several big selling names, such as Swift and Ritz premium hatchbacks, along with the Zen Estilo.
Maruti Suzuki India saw mixed emotions with sales of its sedan models. For instance, the entry level sedan Swift DZire witnessed a sales jump of 25.38 per cent at 19,446 units in April 2013, a sharp increase from just 15,510 units sold in the same month last year. The fortunes of Maruti Suzuki’s mid-size sedan SX4 emerged quite different from that of its Swift DZire little sibling. The company recorded a 5.21 per cent drop in the demand for SX4 among buyers and managed to sell 601 units last month, from 634 units sold last year. Maruti Suzuki’s sports sedan Kizashi found no a single buyer in April 2013.
The country’s largest car maker has reported a 4.92 per cent plunge in the sales of its utility vehicles that stood at 5,318 units last month, from 5,593 units sold in the same period of 2012. Further, Maruti Suzuki has registered sales of its vans at 8,696 units during April 2013, a 25.82 per cent drop from sales of 11,723 units witnessed last year.
Coming to the export business, Maruti Suzuki has reported that its total exports during April 2013 dropped by 33.28 per cent at 6,779 units, a huge dip from 10,160 units shipped overseas in the same month last year. It must be noted that the company’s total passenger car sales grew by 4.89 per cent at 76,509 units last month, from 72,939 units sold in the corresponding period of 2012.