Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, reported on Tuesday that it had sold a total of 46,555 units in May. This includes internal sales of 33,771 units and another 11,262 units in exports. Maruti Suzuki, like almost all other OEMs, had to walk through the water in trouble last month, as well as the restrictions announced in most states due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
India’s entire car industry has faced a massive challenge almost similar to last year as the second wave of the pandemic hit the country hard. Maruti Suzuki closed production from May 1 to May 16 to divert oxygen from industrial use to medical purposes. He points out that the comparisons between the last month and May 2020 are also not comparable because there have been interruptions in production for two months. Last year’s national blockade began to ease in a phase continent in May.
But the decline for the month of May has been quite noticeable and was expected. The company sold 1,35,879 units in the domestic market in April this year and 1,46,203 units in March. Thus, the 33,771 sales figures for May would always be a pale shade. In the sub-segments, compact vehicles sold the largest share of momentum at 20,343 units. There are some in this sub-segment like WagonR, Swift, Ignis and Baleno, among others.
Useful vehicles like the Vitara Brzza, Ertiga and XL6 also performed quite well, by comparison, with 6,355 units sold in May.
Priority for personal mobility and careful planning when buying a car can help the mini sub-segment of Maruti that currently has Alto and S-Presso. 4,760 units of both vehicles were sold last month.
The automotive industry as a whole has had a significant return in recent months since May 2020 led by Maruti Suzuki. This year, however, the Covid-19 Pandemic has been severe and industry experts say many ways forward would depend on the pace of the vaccine and how the country is able to manage subsequent Covid waves.
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