Maruti Suzuki Dzire sales steady, workers at plant in unrest, and CNG peeps
On May 19th, workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union were lathi charged by the police when they were protesting outside the house of Haryana Industry Minister, Randeep Surjewala at Kaithal. Lokayat, a group for people’s solidarity have condemned this attack by the Haryana Government especially since this group of protesters included women, children and senior citizens.
The group has demanded that all false cases registered against these 100 workers and union leaders be withdrawn and all workers be reinstated. Dismissed workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union have also demanded their release and are up in arms at the way in which these persons were treated as they were brutally hit with canes, while being subjected to both tear gas and water cannons. Theses sacked workers were booked under section 144 of Indian Penal Code which denied them the right to peaceful protest. These workers were protesting against release of 147 arrested workers, reinstatement of 546 permanent workers and 1800 contract workers but were subjected to severe treatment by the police.
Having debuted last year, about 15,000 units of Dzire are sold on an average each month, and has already sold 2 lakh units here. At this point, both Honda and Maruti are dealing with a backlog in delivery, and there is a varying waiting period for the compact sedan from both auto manufacturers.
The company isn’t leaving too many stones unturned in dealing with sales decline. Last month, the company reported 3.1% overall sales decline ( domestic and exports). In March 2013, sales decline was reported to be 4.8%. In ensuring a boost in sales in all segments, the company is stepping up their Go Green Venture with Maruti CNG. Vehicles are offered at present with saving of upto Rs 42,000 in terms of RTO benefits, and vehicle running cost is shown as Rs 1.41 per km. With the least expensive factory fitted CNG vehicles starting at Rs 3.14 lakhs, buyers can choose between the Alto 800, Estillo, WagonR, and SX4.