Maruti Suzuki is known for the best selling in India, and today it has sold a total of 147,388 units in the month of June – domestic and exports combined. Maruti had sold 57,228 in the same month of 2020; when the country was emerging from lockdown imposed owing to Covid-19.
While the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has once again been challenging for the auto industry; Maruti’s June sales figures could well be a sign of some recovery on the horizon.
The country’s largest carmaker sold a total of 68,849 cars in the compact sub-segment; which includes models like WagonR, Swift, Dzire, Celerio, Baleno, and Ignis. Maruti Suzuki had sold 26,696 units from the compact sub-segment in June of 2020.
The mini sub-segment which features Alto and S-Presso also fared well; and 17,438 units that were sold in the month went by, as against 10,458 units in June of 2020.
Utility vehicles like Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, XL6, and S-Cross are also key for Maruti. And the company sold a total of 28,172 units last month vis-a-vis 9,764 units from a year ago.
The mid-size sedan segment remains the tricky bit with just 602 units of Ciaz finding takers.
Maruti also informed that exports increased four-fold to 17,020 units last month.
It is important to note here that a comparison between figures from June of 2021 and 2020 may not be an absolutely fair comparison; because of the varying challenges emerging from the pandemic in both years. While there was a national lockdown in place in the first wave of the pandemic; the lockdowns were local – even if widespread – this year. The scale of pent-up demand may also vary; a key factor that auto companies are baking on to pave the way forward.