Maruti reduces production for the seventh consecutive month in August

NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India, which suffered a sharp slowdown, reduced its production by 33.99% in August, making it the seventh consecutive month that the country's largest automaker reduces its production. The company produced a total of 1.11,370 units in August compared to 1.68,725 units in the month of the previous year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a presentation to the BSE on Monday.

The production of passenger vehicles last month was 1.10,214 units compared to 1.66,161 units in August 2018, a decrease of 33.67 percent, he added.

The production of mini and compact segment cars, including Alto, New WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno and Dzire, stood at 80,909 units compared to 1,222,824 units in August last year, down 34.1 percent .

The production of utility vehicles such as Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and S-Cross decreased 34.85 percent to 15,099 units compared to 23,176 units in the month of the previous year.

The Ciaz medium sedan saw its production reduced to 2,285 units in August from 6,149 units in the same month last year.

Super Carry light commercial vehicle production was also reduced to 1,156 units last month from 2,564 units in August 2018, according to the document.

In July, the automaker had reduced its production by 25.15 percent to 1.33,625 units.

On Sunday, the company had reported a 33 percent drop in total sales last month to 1.06,413 units compared to 1.58,189 units in August 2018.