Maruti Suzuki India Limited, leading automakers in India have reported a 0.5% decline in total sales during the month of September 2018. A total of 1,62,290 units were sold during the past month as compared to 1,63,071 units sold in September 2017. Exports dipped by 25.1% to 8,740 units as compared to 11,671 units exported in September 2017.
Total passenger car sales also declined 1.4% in September 2018 to 1,15,228 units as compared to 1,16,886 units sold in the same month of the previous year. However total domestic passenger vehicles saw a marginal increase of 0.7% to 1,51,512 units last month as compared to 1,50,521 units in September 2018. Total domestic sales which also included LCVs increased 1.4% to 1,53,550 units in the past month as compared to 1,51,400 units sold in September 2017.
Hyundai Motors India has registered a marginal growth of 1% in September 2018. The company domestic sales stood at 47,781 units, a decline of 4.5% as compared to 50,028 units sold in September 2017. Cumulative sales, which also included exports stood at 62,757 units in September 2018, as compared to 62,285 units sold during the same month in the previous year. The company’s top sellers included the Grand i10, i20 and Creta.
Taking into account exports alone, Hyundai Motors India registered a 22.2% growth. The company exported 14,976 units in the past month as compared to 12,257 units exported in September 2017.
Mahindra reported a 16% dip in sales of passenger vehicles in September 2018. Total passenger vehicles, which included cars, vans and UVs stood at 21,411 units as compared to 25,414 units sold in September 2017. Total sales, which included commercial vehicles and exports, increased by a marginal 2% to 55,022 units as compared to 53,752 units sold in September 2017.
UV sales dipped 18% to 19,885 units in September 2018 as compared to 24,109 units sold in September 2017. The new Mahindra Marazzo, launched in September would aid in increasing sales in the current month. The new XUV700 / Y400 (SsangYong Rexton) along with the S201 (SsangYong Tivoli) are poised for launch which will offer serious competition to offerings in this category from premium brands in the country.
Tata Motors sales in September 2018 increased 20%. The company sold 64,520 units in the past month as compared to 53,964 units in September 2017. Domestic sales increased 7% to 18,429 units as compared to 17,286 units sold in the same month of the previous year.
Cumulative passenger sales during the first five months of this fiscal has noted a 31% increase in sales to 1,06,865 units as compared to 81,417 units sold in September 2017. The Tata Tiago NRG was launched in September while the company has been actively testing the Harrier SUV and 45X hatchback ahead of launch.
Honda Cars India has reported an 18.82% decline in domestic sales. Sales in September 2018 stood at 14,820 units as compared to 18,257 units sold in September 2017. Taking cumulative sales into account, the company sold 94,419 units in the first six months of this fiscal, a 3.5% growth as compared to 91,269 units sold in the previous fiscal.
Ford India has registered a 21% growth in total sales in September 2018. Sales during the past month stood at 19,998 units as compared to 16,525 units sold in September 2017. Domestic sales dipped marginally from 8,769 units sold in September 2017 to 8,239 units sold in the past month while exports grew from 7,756 units in September 2017 to 11,739 units in the past month.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors saw sales increase 1.4% in September 2018. The company sold 12,512 units as compared to 12,335 units in September 2017. Exports dipped significantly to just 566 units as compared to 1,343 units exported in September 2017. In the first six months of this financial year, growth to the extent of 17% was reported with strong demand for the Crysta, Fortuner, Yaris and Etios Liva.