Mumbai: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s June sales in the domestic market fell 10.2% from last year, to 92,133 units, the company said in a statement on Friday. The volumes contracted owing to a fire at the factory of Subros Ltd, one of its key vendors that supplies air-conditioning systems. The company expects to recover the production loss during the course of the year.
With the exception of the utility vehicle segment, which includes Brezza, the company’s volumes dropped across all the segments during the month. While sale of entry-level cars such as Wagon R and Alto dropped 19% compared to last year, super compact models, including Dzire, declined 28.5%, while Ciaz’s sales too went down 24.3%.
Maruti is gradually stepping up production of newly launched models Baleno and Brezza to service pending demand, the company said.
During the quarter ended June, Maruti sold a total of 348,443 units, up 2.1% over the same period last fiscal. This includes 322,340 units in the domestic market, an increase of 5.4% over last year.
Driven by new models and others enablers such as softer fuel prices and lower borrowing rates, car sales in India have been advancing for the last 11 months. It rose 6% in May compared to last year. The prospect of a good monsoon, which is expected to boost rural sentiments and the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, is set to add momentum to overall volumes in the months ahead.
Shares of Maruti Suzuki India fell 0.46% to ₹ 4,165.80 apiece on BSE, while India’s benchmark Sensex Index rose 0.54% to 27,144.91 points.