Maruti Suzuki, M&M beat the year-end blues, after the increase in national sales figures

NEW DELHI: The country's largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India and Mahindra&mahindrareportedwednesdayontheincreaseintheirnationalsalesindecember,evenwhenhyundaiandtoyotaregisterednegativegrowth.


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The company said its compact segment comprising New WagonR, Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno, Dzire recorded sales of 65,673 units last month compared to 51,346 units in December 2018, a growth of 27.9 percent.

Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Ertiga, XL6, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza, were 23,808 units compared to 20,225 units in the same month in 2018, a growth of 17.7 percent.

However, the mini segment comprising Alto, S-Presso and Old WagonR witnessed a 13.6 percent decrease in 23,883 units compared to 27,649 units in December 2018.

Mahindra&Mahindra also recorded internal sales of 37,081 units in December compared to 36,690 units in the same month last year, an increase of 1 percent. READ REPORT | Our performance in the month of December is according to the end-of-year sales outlook and we are currently comfortable with our overall stock levels, said the head of sales and marketing at M&M, automotive division Veejay Ram Nakra. READ REPORT | In addition, he said, as we approach the new year, we are fully equipped to implement our BSVI products and have taken all necessary steps for a smooth transition over the next three months.

Hyundai said its domestic sales were 37,953 units in December 2019 compared to 42,093 units in the same month last year, down 9.8 percent.

Domestic sales last year were 510,260 units compared to 550,002 units in 2018, a 7.2 percent decrease, he added.

Commenting on sales performance, HMIL sales, marketing and service director Tarung Garg said: 2019 has been a challenging year for the Indian automotive industry. Even in such adverse conditions, Hyundai Motor India, committed, has launched 4 new reference products in different segments.

Domestic sales of Toyota Kirloskar Motor in December 2019 stood at 6,544 units compared to 11,836 units in the same month in 2018, 45% less. READ REVIEW | The company said its national sales in 2019 stood at 1.26,701 units in 2019 compared to 1.51,480 units in 2018, down 16.36 percent, the company said.

We are glad that there has been a continuous positive boost in retail sales despite the general slowdown in the industry. We currently do not supply the entire market with our products, although the segments we represent have shown a growth decrease of around 22 percent, however, our decrease compared to the segment has been much smaller, said the senior vice president of sales and service of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Naveen Soni.

MG Motor India reported retail sales of 3,021 units in December 2019.

As a new participant in the Indian market, the strong sales momentum of our first offer, the HECTOR, has been very encouraging. We are working closely with our global and local suppliers to increase HECTOR production in 2020 to support the late booking, said MG MOtor India - Sales Director Rakesh Sidana.