Automakers post robust sales in December

Automakers post robust sales in December
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India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki and rival Hyundai Motor posted robust growth in December on the back of good sales of models like Baleno, Creta and Grand i10.

New Delhi: India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki and rival Hyundai Motor posted robust growth in December on the back of good sales of models like Baleno, Creta and Grand i10.

Utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra managed to stay in the positive territory despite several of its models being impacted by diesel ban in Delhi/NCR.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its domestic sales rose by 13.5 per cent during the month to 1,11,333 units as against 98,109 units in December 2014. Sales of the company's small cars, including Alto and WagonR, rose by 7.5 per cent to 37,234 units compared with 34,625 units in the year-ago month.
Dispatches in the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz, Dzire and recently launched Baleno rose by 14 per cent to 47,354 units during the last month.
Utility vehicles' sale, that includes models like Ertiga and S-Cross, rose by 58.8 per cent to 9,168 units during the last month. The company posted record 14 lakh total sales in 2015, its highest ever in a calendar year.
"CY 2015 was a year of transformation for Maruti Suzuki. The company set up premium channel Nexa for new products like S Cross and Baleno and launched hybrid Ciaz and Ertiga... stepped up customer safety and strengthened its market share to over 47 per cent," MSI Executive Director RS Kalsi said.
Rival Hyundai Motor India also saw its monthly domestic sales rise to 41,861 units last month compared with 32,504 units in December 2014, up 28.78 per cent. HMIL senior Vice-President (Sales and Marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said the growth in December was driven by "strong performance of Grand i10, Elite i20 and Creta".
Mahindra's domestic sales were up 1 per cent to 34,839 units last month as against 34,460 units in December 2014. "In spite of a challenging external environment, we at Mahindra have closed December on a positive note," M&M Chief Executive (automotive division) Pravin Shah said. Ford India's domestic sales were at 5,924 units last month, up 57.8 per cent from 3,754 units a year ago.
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