Leading auto cos post robust car sales in December

Maruti tops the tally, followed by Hyundai

Leading auto cos post robust car sales in December
Car market leader Maruti Suzuki and rival Hyundai Motor posted robust growth in December on the back of good sales of models like Baleno, Creta and Grand i10. Utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra managed to stay in positive territory, despite several of its models being impacted by the diesel ban in Delhi NCR.

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its domestic sales rose by 13.5 per cent during the month to 1,11,333 units, as against 98,109 units in December, 2014. Sales of the company’s small cars, including Alto and WagonR, rose by 7.5 per cent to 37,234 units, compared with 34,625 units in the year-ago month.

Dispatches in the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz, Dzire, and the recently launched Baleno, rose by 14 per cent to 47,354 units, during the last month. Utility vehicle sales that includes models like Ertiga and S-Cross, rose by 58.8 per cent, to 9,168 units, during the last month. The company posted record 14 lakh total sales in 2015, its highest ever in a calendar year.

“CY 2015 was a year of transformation for Maruti Suzuki. The company set up premium channel NEXA for new products like S Cross and Baleno and launched the hybrid Ciaz and Ertiga... stepped up customer safety and strengthened its market share to over 47 per cent,” MSI Executive Director R S Kalsi said. Rival Hyundai Motor India also saw its monthly domestic sales rise to 41,861 units last month compared with 32,504 units in December 2014, up 28.78 per cent.

HMIL Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said the growth in December was driven by “strong performance of Grand i10, Elite i20 and Creta”. He said that in terms of calendar year domestic sales, the company achieved an all-time high of 4,76,001 units, with a cumulative growth of 15.7 per cent. Mahindra’s domestic sales were up 1 per cent to 34,839 units last month compared with 34,460 units in 2014.

Ford India’s domestic sales were at 5,924 units last month, up 57.8 per cent from 3,754 units a year ago. Commenting on the calender year performance, Ford India, Executive Director of Marketing, Sales and Service, Anurag Mehrotra said that 2015 was a good year for the company.
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