Maruti sales up 41.56 pc in August


In the domestic market, Maruti sold 69,961 units from 54,113 units in August last year, an increase of 29.29 per cent, while exports more than doubled at 14,847 units from 5,795 units in the year-ago period, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

During the month, the company crossed the 50,000-units mark in cumulative exports this fiscal, with A-Star, which was launched in January this year, being the main export driver, including to countries like Germany, UK and France.

Sales of the company's once bread-and-butter model M800 declined by 26.45 per cent at 2,734 units compared to 3,717 units in August last year, while A2 segment (comprising Alto, Wagon R, Estilo, Swift, A-Star and Ritz)witnessed a growth of 39.31 per cent at 52,473 units compared to 37,667 units in the same month of 2008.

A3 segment sales (consisting of SX4 and DZiRE) increased 44.11 per cent to 7,821 units compared to 5,427 units in the corresponding period last year, the company said.

MSI's passenger car sales rose by 30.51 per cent at 69,629 units against 53,351 units in the same month in 2008, the statement said. PTI PPB

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