New Delhi, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the country's largest car maker, today reported a 5.5 per cent decline in total sales in March at 1,13,350 units as against 1,19,937 units in the same month last year.

Its domestic sales declined by 5.2 per cent during the reported month to 1,02,269 units as against 1,07,890 units in March 2013, the company said in a statement.

Exports during the month declined by 8 per cent to 11,081 units as compared to 12,047 units in March last year, MSIL said.

The company witnessed a drop of 11 per cent in sales of mini segment cars to 40,085 units last month against 45,047 units in March 2013, it said.

The mini segment cars of the company includes-M800, Alto, A-Star and WagonR.

However, its compact segment sales, where it has Swift, Estilo, Ritz and Celerio models, jumped 9.3 per cent to 28,285 units (25,868 units), it added.

Super compact car Dzire sales were down 14.1 per cent to 17, 237 units from 20,078 units in March 2013 and midsize SX4 sales were down 54.5 per cent to 411 units during last month as compared to 903 units in the same month alst year, it added.

Its mid-sized sedan SX4 registered a decline of 54.5 per cent to 411 units as against 903 units in the same month last year. There was no sale of premium sedan Kizashi during the month, it added.

Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Grand Vitara and Ertiga, rose marginally at 6,499 units in March this year from 6,488 units in the corresponding month last year, it said.

The company said sales of vans Omni and Eeco rose 2.6 per cent to 9,752 units in March this year as compared to 9,506 units in the same period of the previous year.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)