Continuing its dominance over the Indian car market, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on Friday said its car sales jumped 23.1% to 144,780 units in May from the year-ago period.
Automakers in India consider dispatches to dealerships as sales.
The compact car segment made up the bulk of Maruti Suzuki sales in May—growing 50.8% to 77,263 units—on the back of demand for the 2018 Swift and continued interest in premium hatchback Baleno and compact sedan Dzire.
The sports utility vehicles (SUV) segment, including the best-selling Vitara Brezza and S-Cross models, also contributed with a 13.4% rise in sales to 25,629 units over May last year.
An automatic variant of the Vitara Brezza was launched last month.
Sales of entry-level small cars Alto and WagonR, and the mid-sized sedan Ciaz, continued to be in the red, declining 3.1% and 14.8%, respectively.
With new cars and refreshes, including the launch of the next-generation Ciaz later this fiscal, Maruti Suzuki is expected to maintain its leadership position this year.
The government’s focus on developing infrastructure and the rural sector, coupled with expectations of a normal monsoon, are likely to boost the overall economy and thus, the automobile industry.